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Thought this was interesting. Do any of you guys still regularly buy dvds and cds? Or is everything digital now for you?
Beta max, VHS, 8-track, Laser Disc, Cassette Tape, Floppy Disk - What do they all have in common? They are all obsolete forms of media that were once very popular throughout the world and the CD, DVD and Blu-Ray Disc are all going to be joining their ranks soon.
It may or may not be hard to believe, but in a world filled with IPods, Flash Drives and Video on Demand there is very little reason why anyone needs any type of disc to view or listen to whatever audio/video files they may have. More importantly, the need for discs when it comes to data storage in computers is already almost non-existent.
With digital technology everything is practically instantaneous. If I am in the mood to watch the new X men movie, I no longer have to drive to the store and rent or buy a DVD, I can simply go on the internet or television and rent or buy it there and watch it instantly. Most services also store your purchases on their servers so that you will be able to re-watch the movies anywhere in the world without ever having to worry about losing or scratching a disc again. The same can be done now with music and video games as well.
Even data storage can now be completely digital with the new adoption of cloud technology that allows users to store all of their data in one place that can be accessed from practically any device(mobile, pc, etc.) from anywhere in the world!
Digital download technology has only been around to the mainstream masses for roughly 10 years and it now accounts for almost half of worldwide media sales, so in my mind it is only a matter of time before the death of disc technology occurs.
At the rate that our technology is currently advancing, the possibilities are almost endless and there is no telling what is going to come next!