I was listening to a talk from Adam at Wired magazine and he was making the point that the race between Blu-ray and HD-DVD is irrelevant.
By the time the argument is resolved, we will be watching shows online, downloading them, etc. so owning an actual disc won't make any sense. He also made the point that most people don't care much for HD, but are more interested in being able to watch their shows where-ever and when-ever. As a sample of one, I agree.
This made me think about the concept of ownership in the future. Here are a couple of questions I asked myself:
1. Do I actually care whether I own an mp3 or movie file when I can download/stream it when-ever and where-ever?
2. If I bought a product, like a DVD player, I have the right to open it up, take it apart and put it back together again (not that I'll ever be capable of the putting back together bit) and resell it. How does this concept relate to digital music/movies? When I buy a movie or mp3 I never really 'own' it to the extent as shown above. Will this thinking change or will onwership not really be important to people anymore?
As long as I can watch and listen to stuff when and where I want, I don't really care about owning it.
Will this thinking in the future apply to other products, like cars, computers, houses?
Maybe, maybe not...