Yes, but I am very scattershot about it; I’m stuck between generations and my purchasing habits reflect it! It all kind of horrifies me, to be honest.
I occasionally still buy movies, usually when I have concluded they will never turn up on Netflix. This is stupid because 1. I literally do not own any devices currently capable of playing DVDs and 2. they always turn up on Netflix a week later (Silver Linings Playbook being the latest example). I should stop, but won’t.
I also still buy physical copies of albums by artists that I feel particularly emotionally connected to (Conor Oberst, Taylor Swift) in part because of duty and in part I assume that someday this will all come crashing down and then I will at least have that unopened copy of Upside Down Mountain to listen to.
I’m conflicted about all of it, though. I’d like to support my favorite artists with my money but 1. I don’t have much of it and 2. I’m not sure what the best way is, anymore. These days, doesn’t “being understanding when they sell a song to Volvo” technically more helpful than buying an album?
Other questions present themselves: Should I really trust that I will always have access to songs and movies that I like online forever? Eternal Sunshine isn’t on Netflix anymore. Will There Will Be Blood vanish before I watch it again? Should I buy digital copies? My computer is old and the hard drive is always full. Is my computer dying?It’s four years old. Is that old? Also, what is torrenting? Should I learn it? Is torrenting bad?
Talking about this stresses me out.