I've always felt the storage marketing needs reform anyway. My 32 GB iPad has only 28.xx GB of space available because of the OS. I buy a 1 TB HDD, I have 8xx GB of space to use. Selling me something of one size when I actually have a smaller one is always a little upsetting. I know formatting and mathematical calculations take up some of it, but it seems like this whole concept of upgrading to more storage seems in need of reform.
I also moved away from paid TV a couple years ago. Got myself a mac mini, an HDMI cable, and an app to control the mini through my iPad. Watch most of my TV for free through Hulu, Netflix, or the show's websites. A couple I have to get through iTunes, but a couple of season passes once a year cost less than one month of DirecTv.
A valid point, the software to do text to speech is a lot better than it used to be (my Kindle does a better job than my old Mac LC running OS 6, for example), but as an avid listener of audiobooks, the acting a professional reader gives in the audiobooks far outweighs what a computer can do. You can hear the difference. I don't think inflection will be mastered by software anytime in our near future. At least, not for the purposes of reading our audiobooks.