Survey: Have You Rented a Movie From iTunes Yet?

Survey: Have You Rented a Movie From iTunes Yet?

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Faith Durand
Mar 6, 2008

So, the iTunes movie rental has been up for a little while now, and there are several hundred movies available for rent.

We're curious - have rented from iTunes yet? If not, why? If so, what was your experience? A couple of our impressions (and one thing that made us very cranky) below.

What do you think of the rental price? Rentals cost $2.99 or $3.99, depending on recently they were released. We sort of feel this is high, compared to the cost of purchasing a movie on iTunes, but we know it's the same as what you'd pay at Blockbuster. Blockbuster, however, lets you keep rentals as long as a week, compared to iTunes' measly 24 hours (after you begin playback).

The current amount of films available here in early March also falls well short of Apple's predictions, but it still offers some good last-minute entertainment possibilities. We are waiting for a larger back library of classics and hard-to-find indie films. We also would like to see rentals for entire seasons of television shows, as we are not willing or able to shell out for the last two seasons of West Wing yet.

We also would like to be able to move rentals from computer to computer. We started a download on our larger, faster iMac, planning to transfer to our PowerBook and finish it off snuggled up in bed. But no, the rental could only be transferred to the iPhone or iPod. Wow - who decided that? We were very disgruntled.

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