Whether you watch ET by buying the DVD at Blockbuster or downloading the movie from Amazon onto your computer, you get to enjoy the cute alien anytime you want. Whether you download the Smashing Pumpkin’s latest album from iTunes or buy the CD at Wal-Mart, you own the music for your listening pleasure.
There’s only one difference. Buy the DVD or CD and you’ll pay sales tax; buy your entertainment digitally and you won’t. This is wrong. California’s sales tax needs to be updated to address 21st century consumption.