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What Is Digital Download and How Does It Work?

By Dillon Wallace

When it comes to technology, we live in a glorious time! In just the last 20 years, we’ve come so far with digital cameras, music and video streaming services, and other social sharing apps. But what about the 100 years before that?

All those old photos, video tapes, film reels, cassette tapes and negatives littering your attic or basement are doomed to degrade over a long enough period of time. And worse yet, that time is already happening – right now, right before our eyes.

For example, did you know the average VHS tape’s lifespan is 30 years? Well, we’re right around that 30-year mark now, and if we don’t act fast we’ll risk losing all the those home video memories – those dance recitals, school plays, little league games and family vacations – that shaped our youth.

Luckily, digitization is here to save the day … or in this case, save our memories. But first, you probably need to understand what digitization is before you jump on board.

What is digitization? 

Digitization is simply the act of bringing your old, analog media into the digital age. It’s future-proofing that classic collection of VHS tapes, cassette tapes, film reels and photography by transferring and preserving them to a DVD, thumb drive or digital download, like the cloud.

With your memories digitized, you can easily share them with friends and family via email, text or social media. You can also edit them using photo and video editing software, giving new life to your old memories. The possibilities with digitization are amazing!

Digital downloads and how they work

With the introduction to the cloud, digital downloads have become a convenient and versatile way to save files, documents and more. Rather than having to worry about toting around a thumb drive or DVD, digital downloads allow you to access your files (or in our case of digitization, your photos, videos and more) via any computer or smart device, virtually anytime, anywhere – with no extra software or hardware required.

And while the cloud isn’t brand new technology anymore, digital downloads and their level of accessibility and convenience is hard to match. Digital downloads are quick and easy, usually just requiring a link and a corresponding login and/or password to access files. And what’ even better, is that digital download services make it possible to easily share your memories with loved ones, particularly those who live far away. So everyone can share in the trip down memory lane.

So if you’re looking to digitize, consider the digital download service. It’s the best way to relive the past!

Did you knows?: Digital download edition

Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” was the first ever digital music single released in 1997.

Cloud computing (in its modern context) was created in August of 2006, when Google CEO Eric Schmidt introduced the term during an industry conference.

Although founded in 1998, Netflix officially started streaming movies in 2007, changing the way we watch TV.

The SegaNet was released in September of 2000 for the Sega Dreamcast, becoming the first popularized online gaming service.

Seeing a growing need for the preservation of old memories, Legacybox was founded in 2013 and would go on to become one of the most popular and renowned digitization services available.

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