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Windows 7: Speculation - But do we NEED CD's / DVD's anymore

22 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 10 Pro

From a collector's perspective, I'd rather have the physical disks/Albums as opposed to a digital media. With physical media, it’s limited which gives it a high value over its unlimited digital cousin. Sure I have an iPod, and digital forms of music, but it's the physical form that I value most.

As a collector thus far I have over 2500 CD's and about 1000 Albums, small compared to others in this area, but a nice collection nonetheless containing some hard to find or out of print titles, which would bring premium prices if sold.

Space hog no doubt, but it also makes for great a conversation piece.

My two cents.
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22 Feb 2010   #12

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

All drives fail...eventually.
So i have a good need for CD/DVD's...
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22 Feb 2010   #13
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

Well I'll go along with Smarty's post, yes we still need CD/DVDs we don't all have the money or knowhow for the high tech gadgets around.

My husbands car only has a radio, which doesn't get used that much anyway he's more concerned with concentrating on driving rather than music playing, so no fancy gadgets there, we don't own MP3 players although we do have a portable CD player. We have films on DVDs for playing on the TV, our computers don't have TV Tuners and we wouldn't use them anyway I like to watch TV on a TV I'm busy doing other things on the computer rather than watching movies.

I don't download music or movies or deal in ISO's my husband wouldn't even know what they are anyway he can turn the TV on and off and change channels but ask him to do anything else like play a video or DVD and you'd get a blank stare. He's not stupid, he's quite clever and a retired accountant but when it comes to anything technical you can forget it, even a mobile phone is a challenge he just wants to answer and call people that's all none of this text stuff a phone is to call and talk to people.

That's my 2 pence I like gadgets and technology but not to the extent of doing away with the CD/DVDs that we have now or will get in the future.
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22 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I took my DVD collection from hundreds of DVD and converted them into digital format on USB drives to use with my Western Digital HD TV media player. I don't have to worry about scratches and if I want to only watch the extras from a bunch of DVD's I don't have to open and close DVD boxes and the player all day long. Plus I can take the USB drive and player with me and I have a collection of 400 movies I can enjoy at a friends house.

Granted the physical disc will be around for a few more years, TVs with media readers or the like will become normal and flash media for movies and music will take over, its a smaller package and can hold better quality video and sound then current plastic discs. No one thought netbooks would sell and they became the fastest selling "laptop"

the way we get our media be it music, video or just news is changing and at 40 years old I thought I would want to hold onto what was but I see what will be is better for many reasons.
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22 Feb 2010   #15

7 x64 | 7 x64

Car stereo has a usb port, which gets 5x more use then the cd player. Can't remember the last time I bought CD blanks. And I use DvD's for back-up more then anything else, but still use the media. I think it's the cost per use that drives it. For example; lets say I want to build a media library. You can fill up a 750 drive with 4-5 gig files in no time. So you plan to buy a terabyte for media. Makes sence right? So there's a 125$ cut vs. a few bucks for a stack of blank DvD's.
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23 Feb 2010   #16


Wonder how hard it would be to connect a Netbook with a 256GB SSD and bluetooth HD audio to a car stereo?
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23 Feb 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition

while i do buy my movies and occasionally music in the physical format but i quickly convert them to a digital format to store on my media center.
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02 Mar 2010   #18

Desktop: Windows XP | Laptop: Windows 7 x64

Although my entire music collection is digitized I will *always* buy physical copies. It is more satisfying to own a CD or LP than just some mp3s and it always will be.
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02 Mar 2010   #19

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Just my two cents

I think that it is inevitable that the CD and the DVD will go the way of the 8Track, Mini-Disk and Cassette, eventually, (I do not include Vinyl due to it's major niche market ), but this will depend not on the Computer market but by the Media market itself switching - and producing technology for the non tech majority.

One thing we have to be aware of is the old issue of backup copies of copyrighted media - Whilst I find it perfectly acceptable for the rip of a dvd or CD to digital for personal use, I am not in favour of the idea that it is then acceptable to give away the original media - of course the accidental loss of the original media is a different case altogether.

I make backups of my purchased media for convenience and security, just as I did when I made cassette copies of vinyl for use in the car, but do not share this to the internet at large, or pass the originals on - a personal decision.
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02 Mar 2010   #20

Win7 HP x64

can't burn songs on a BD and expect it to play ing a your car stereo. on another note, songs when played on a an ipod "clip" the upper and lower frequencies so you don't get the whole song and when you have put a good 3 grand into your sound system, and mp3 player just won't cut it.
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