How do I get a "digital copy" of a DVD I bought?
I'm psyched to finally own a copy of the film Inglorious Basterds, a DVD I bought at Target this afternoon. On the box it says "includes free digital copy" and says I can also watch the movie on my iPhone. Perfect. But how do I actually do it?
Ah, another Quentin Tarantino fan. Glad to see it, and thanks for the question. I know exactly what you're talkign about because I too have a copy of Inglorious Basterds, along with a number of other DVDs that say "Great Value! Includes Digital Copy for a Limited Time Only!"
Here's what I find rather confusing about how they've done this: there's some special autorun-type file on the second disc (the one labeled "Bonus Disc") that if you slip it into your computer, causes iTunes to automatically launch and prompt you for a secret code. Enter it correctly and then the digital version of the movie downloads. But why download it when you have a DVD that you just put into your computer? Presumably for data protection, but still, isn't that just a bit weird?
If you have a PC, when you put the DVD into your computer, you'll then want to click on "Transfer Digital Copy", then chose between iTunes and Windows Media Player, depending on what you prefer for your movies. If you're on a Mac, putting in the bonus disc will cause the DVD Player to autoload. Quit it and launch iTunes.
In both cases, you'll then need to enter your secret authorization code, which is printed on a piece of paper included inside the DVD case.
Here's what this all looks like on the Mac side:
Here's where you need to carefully enter your redemption code. Mine looks kinda like this: XRN3MCJ6E4ML. Not so user friendly. :-)
Enter the code, click on "Redeem" and you'll need to log in to your iTunes account:
Once you've entered the you will hopefully see this:
A few seconds later the download should start:
As you can see, it's a pretty big file (1.92GB) so it'll take some time even if you're on a good speed connection.
Finally it does download and now you have a new movie in the "Movies" section of iTunes. Click on it and you've got a very clean, highly watchable copy of the film:
Oh, and one more note: you can also copy this file onto your iPhone or iPad with iTunes. Nice and simple. I have it on my iPad and it looks amazing on that bright screen!
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