There are plenty of ways to enjoy content, from game consoles and normal DVD players, to cable services and stereo systems. But what about enjoying things on a computer? This has become an attractive option for many users, and many younger consumers of electronic media now use their computer as their primary source of home entertainment.
Desktop and laptop computers have long supported playback of CDs and DVDs, and options have now expanded as well. Although Blu-Ray playback might still be in the future, it is now possible to stream movies and television shows in high definition, through web sites such as Hulu as well as services like Netflix. These sites and services have also created easy access to huge volumes of material that once could only be accessed on-air or through retail chains such as Blockbuster, and much of this content can be accessed for free or through simple subscription services. Though it continues to host much of its content for free, Hulu has recently expanded by creating a subscription service similar to Netflix, with certain movies and entire libraries of tons of television shows now available on it.
Computers have perhaps even more obviously changed the way we listen to music. CDs can not only be played back, but can actually be ripped onto a computer, and then on to MP3 players such as iPods. Even playing music directly through the computer is not a bad option, and has become a popular and convenient way to play music at a party or while people are doing work and surfing the internet. Many music downloading services exist as well, and programs allow users to rip content back on to CDs and create special mixes.