Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
Just throwing a bit of speculation here
Just playing advocatus diaboli here. Merely counter-speculation for the sake of it
(basically, not my personal opinions - just a few minor counter points as to why physical media still exists and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future )
Now you can get really CHEAP pocket sized portable 500 and 1GB self powered usb disks these days do we really need to have largish DVD's and CD's anymore.
Not every body is tech savvy enough, nor has the prerequisite hardware for such. ▲A
Music CD's are essentially in any case 100% redundant -- I rip all my music to FLAC and I'm sure others do similar (and to other codecs as well) -- and it's always possible with NERO or other software to "re-create" the Audio CD image back again from FLAC / WAV or oither lossless codec.
As above, with the addendum of not everybody has the inclination to do so. ▲B
For Data (including DVD's) there's enough software around to make an ISO copy even the most copy protected DVD .
with a further addendum of some people still have qualms with 'copyright issues'. ▲C
For playing etc there's plenty of Virtual CD / DVD image mounters too -- when I travel take a small USB disk with loads of DVD images on them - the software will even copy DL disks (and BLU RAY too - although playing Blu ray DVD's on a computer is still a pain).
I refer you to my previous comments. ▲A
So you save space as well at home --don't need to have loads of CD's / DVD's around.
Some people like to have a 'tangible medium' for many varying reasons.
i.e - Collectors
For music in cars -- pretty well most car radios these days have an AUX in and often a USB in as well so no probs playing from IPODS etc etc.
Pretty much is not all.
Playing CD's in any case in a car is iffy -- you probably need a changer in the back and I don't know about where you live - but using a CD player in an Off roader which is really Off Road isn't a good idea either.
Not everybody has 'multiple rear installed' changers. Nor does everyone drive roughly, or in a Off Road vehicle.
On the rare ocasion I need a physical disc I can burn it to the appropriate medium.
I refer you to ▲C
So even for Film DVD's I'd suggest that the distributors could supply "Electronic Images" of the DVD which if necessary we could burn ourselves.
Plus not everybody has the capability to avail themselves of said "Electronic Images"
i.e - Low speed Internet users
Getting rid of the physical medium also would save a lot of pollution in the manufacture of CD's / DVD's too -- there's some nasty heavy metals used in the manufacturing processes as well.
Not everyone cares about the environment.
Furthermore, the multitude of employment that stems from this entire process would have detrimental wide-spread impact.
As I said, these aren't answers based upon my personal opinions.
The fact is, there are still real and valid needs for physical media.
Whilst the shift towards "Electronic Distribution" has already begun and is continuing to progress strongly in that area, it will still be many
years before everything is just 'bits and bytes'.