What is Digital Delivery?

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  2. May 23, 2013 2:56 pm

What is Digital Delivery?

How Digital Delivery is Changing the Way We Get Our Media

Digital delivery has been available in some form ever since the Internet was created. It involves making a digital product, such as an e-book, software program, movie or music file, instantly available after purchase. In the beginning, one main hurdle to digital delivery of some types of content was that larger files would take a very long time to download. However, the availability of broadband Internet access has solved this problem. Now, even larger files such as full-length movies are commonly purchased and downloaded over the Internet.

Digital delivery offers consumers numerous advantages. The main one is that they can get their content right away. In most cases, it will take just a few minutes for the file to finish downloading. This makes media easily accessible without having to wait for a physical support, such as a CD or DVD to be shipped, or leaving the house to buy the product. One issue with physical storage mediums is that they can get lost or damaged. If a file is obtained digitally, it can be re-downloaded as necessary if something happens to the device it was stored on.

Receiving files directly over the Internet eliminates another problem for individuals: the space needed to store media. One can have thousands of books, movies or songs stored on their computer. If the same items were stored on a physical support, they would take up the space of an entire room.

Finally, digital delivery is an environmentally friendly way to get media. It reduces demand for materials used for physical supports and also reduces the amount of waste that accumulates in our landfills. If someone doesn’t need a file they downloaded anymore, they can simply delete it.

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