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Android Scans DVD Bar Codes, Downloads Movies 181

cars writes "Remember how you can scan any bar code with an android phone and it will tell you where to find that product for cheaper? A new Android application called BarTor (formerly ScanTorrent) can scan any DVD bar code and then signals either uTorrent or Vuze on your PC to download the movie from BitTorrent. How long do you think this will last?" Other features include purchase opportunities on barcode lookup, Google base product lookup, and site-level filtering.
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Android Scans DVD Bar Codes, Downloads Movies

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  • by rouge86 ( 608370 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @02:48PM (#27362425)
    It will suffer the same quick death like the program that directed you to torrents from Amazon.
  • Charging 2.99 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <> on Friday March 27, 2009 @02:48PM (#27362429) Homepage Journal

    to people who don't want to pay for a movie? GLWT.

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by eln ( 21727 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:02PM (#27362595) Homepage

    If $30 for a movie is unreasonable to you, there are plenty of other ways to see the movie without violating the law. You could go rent it at Blockbuster. Or you could get a Netflix account and get it there. There's no particular reason you need a permanent copy of the movie to call your own, especially if it "probably sucks".

    There are a lot of excuses as to why people download movies rather than renting them, but they're all pretty suspect.

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by sogoodsofarsowhat ( 662830 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:08PM (#27362685)
    Sorry but if its about something for nothing. Its about PIRATES which is ANYONE who steals anothers work without paying for it and this is exactly what torrents are doing. Now im no fan of the MPAA/RIAA but if Andriod as a community continues to abuse things in this manner they WILL NEVER be taken seriously as a phone platform. Seriously, you want to be take seriously you have to learn you cant enable stealing from others. And that is what this app does...plain and simple. Further more if it is about convenience not price then Apple has already made this solution and Netflix and Voodoo or a host of others even Comcast. No this is pretty much about pirating movies so you dont have to pay for them. Laugh all you want iTunes store has done what no other online seller of music/movies has been able to do which is provide a simple / easy way to get the music/movies you want. It is not perfect but it is way better than pirating movies. Oh and if you think other phone makers will love Andriod for this...wait until the MPAA/RIAA sues the makers of the phones for their losses...unlike your grandmother...they are going to have some explaining to do.
  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CannonballHead ( 842625 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:18PM (#27362797)

    People spend $30 at Starbucks in a week pretty easily, spend probably half an hour or so in line (presuming 10 visits to Starbucks at $3 each visit, 5 minutes in the store). Many still think that $30 (or even $15) for 1.5 to 3 hours of entertainment, no matter how bad it is, is too much.

    And Starbucks, IMO, isn't even all that great coffee.

    There are a lot of excuses as to why people download movies rather than renting them, but they're all pretty suspect.

    IMO, very true. Seems one of the more common ones is "Well if I like it, I'll buy it." Apparently, we only have to pay for what we use if we like it. Try doing that at a restaurant, hehe.

  • by cortesoft ( 1150075 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:18PM (#27362805)

    Umm, you would rather enter the barcode manually to search for a movie torrent in an app than to enter the name of the movie in a search? May I ask why? Is there something I am missing?

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by LandDolphin ( 1202876 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:46PM (#27363197)

    Try not to confuse people who don't want to spend a ridiculous sum of money for a 90 minute film that probably sucks with people who are simply thieves.

    If you don't want to pay what it costs, don't watch it. Wait for it to show up on TV for free. But it is not a valid justification for violating the copyright. The price point of when you start to violate copyright ($0.00 for some, more for others) does not make you any different or better.

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CannonballHead ( 842625 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @03:59PM (#27363411)

    The point is spending money on something not necessary (coffee, especially Starbucks branded, is not necessary), not money -> hours necessarily. Point with the Starbucks thing was actually that people are willing to pay more money than its worth (IMO, of course) AND wait in line for X amount of time.

    I was not attempting to say that everyone who pirates movies also drinks coffee. However, I'm pretty sure some of the poeple that drink Starbucks coffee, epsecially with all the techies that go there, also pirate movies. And students. And ... etc.

  • Re:nice (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cdrguru ( 88047 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @05:04PM (#27364259) Homepage

    The biggest IMHO is "crowd sourcing" grocery lists. So you go to the store and scan in what you're going to buy, punch in the price and it gets added to a database. Use the GPS to determine the store.

    Get a few hundred people checking prices and you'll have a fairly accurate database of prices. Then you go home, made a grocery list and have it calculate where the cheapest place to shop is.

    The problem with this is this pushes grocery stores to complete solely on price. Selection no longer matters, customer service doesn't matter, just price.

    Personally, I see enough of that already. The Internet certainly has the power to transform all purchases into a simple decision based on price while taking all other factors out of it. Then, we will all be shopping at WalMart. Forget about anybody else, they can't compete as effectively on price.

    Is that what you really want? Because that is exactly what we are in danger of getting.

  • by LandDolphin ( 1202876 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @05:34PM (#27364719)
    Short answer: Don't watch it

    It is the property of whoever owns the copy right. IF they choose not to share it, you don't get to. It is theirs, not yours. You do not have a right to something they created, and/or purchased the rights to.

    Bad analogy time:

    I do not have a "right" to watch your home movies. Just because you refuse to let me, does not give me the right to break into your house and watch them.
  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 27, 2009 @06:01PM (#27365085)

    I don't believe in logging in.

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CannonballHead ( 842625 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @06:02PM (#27365105)

    I actually just make it myself. I've even gotten into a small amount of coffee roasting, it's pretty fun and tastes much different when you actually get fresh (i.e., roasted 5 minutes ago) coffee. And real cream.

    I go to Starbucks probably once every two months, and most coffee expenditures for me are for beans (either green or roasted, depending on the status of my roaster) and milk and/or cream...

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <> on Friday March 27, 2009 @06:05PM (#27365143) Homepage Journal

    If you can't afford something, then you don't get it. If you don't think it's a good value, then don't buy it.

    You are not owed a movie.

    and what movie costs 30 bucks?

  • Re:nice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ronocdh ( 906309 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @09:28PM (#27367087)

    Selection no longer matters, customer service doesn't matter, just price.

    How can you say that? If I scan something and I find out no store in a 15-mile radius has that product, won't I buy it immediately?

    Seems to me this barcode scanning phenomenon would be better for consumers all around. Stores will have to compete not just on price, but on whatever consumers demand. If you want selection, then choose on selection.

  • Re:Charging 2.99 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by snowraver1 ( 1052510 ) on Friday March 27, 2009 @11:21PM (#27367727)
    I have a home.
  • Re:nice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mustafap ( 452510 ) on Saturday March 28, 2009 @03:40AM (#27368657) Homepage
    >Price is what the consumer demands. Only the stupid ones. The rest of us demand value for money, quality, reliability. Unfortunately 'the stupid ones' constitute a very large proportion of the general public, which is why we have to put up with so much shit coming out of Chinese factories. We ask for cheap shit, and they can make it. Rant over :o)

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