My parents gave me a $15 iTunes gift card for my birthday back in March. I don’t buy AAC music from the iTunes Store, so to be honest I kinda forgot until I found it in my wallet and decided to rent a movie tonight. I got Starship Troopers, which I’d actually never seen. (I know, I know.)
Video quality was perfectly fine, though it stuttered and stopped working about 21 minutes in, which seemed to be because I had Firefox open with a bunch of tabs. I killed it and had no more problems. It streamed faster than it played, which was cool, though I gave it about five minutes after commencing download before I hit play.
All in all, I like the experience, and I’ll probably rent more movies this way. My only complaint is that the iTunes Store rental selection is a bit limited. I’ve just seen most of what they’ve got.
The thing Apple was gambling on — that someone like me would be willing to drop $2.99 to watch a movie rather than BitTorrent it illegally — seems to work. I don’t know that I’d have paid for the rental if I didn’t have a gift card, but if I wasn’t broke, I probably would, actually.
I’ll probably rent Jesus Camp next.