Finding an iPhone picture download to your phone has become one of the great surges of internet usage as we know it, and while the
iTunes store is a great place to start, there are more places on the Internet to grab (or convert) movie downloads for your iPhone
than just Apple’s store.
IPhone film downloads are usually done with all the MP4 codec, which compresses every frame of the film, and discards information
that doesn’t change between the previous and following frames; this tends to desaturate the colors somewhat, and make everything a
bit darker. On the flip side, it’s the ideal method to get a 90 minute movie down to 700 megabytes, an important consideration for
a media player with just 4 MB or 8 MB of onboard RAM.
Two large competitors for the iTunes store in the iPhone film download industry are Amazon (with Unboxed) and WalMart.com –
equally provide MP4 movies as “pay for downloads”. Prices start at approximately $2 and summit at about $10, about what you’d pay
to get a discount DVD. The most important disadvantage to WalMart.com and Amazon.com is that the movies will be old; iTunes tends
to market more current movies in its store, due to deals with the studios.
NBC.com has just pulled out of its iTunes supply deal, and it is likely that additional studios and networks will reevaluate their
rankings on the industry too. From your perspective, this should be viewed as a good thing for iPhones picture downloads, since
competition drives prices down to a pay-as-you-go plan.
Other places for iPhones film downloads have been paid membership sites. The up side is that you may download as many movies as
you like; the drawback is that to break even on iTunes’ per download fee, you are likely to need to find a whole lot of movies
every month from this form of service. A second drawback is server and title availability; those services are not always going to
get the name you’re looking for.
Another option to paid membership sites is Netflix and MovieMedia, which have expanded their DVD rental providers to leasing DVD
grade picture downloads, the majority of which are iPhone compatible. The monthly membership fees are lower, and the movies you
download have expiration dates – after you start watching the film, you have 7 days to complete it, or you are going to need to
renew it. These are based on the principle that even with the huge hard drives on contemporary computers available now, at 700 to
1200 MB each movie, most folks would rather rent one than particular one.