Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Briansol, Apr 27, 2009.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Optical disc offers 500GB storage
I think consumers will always want a way to store data on hard media. All this hype about cloud computing and digital distribution reminds me of electric cars. Sure, the theory is sound and it would be great if everyone used it, but people have to WANT to use it, and I don't see that happening right away. We're moving towards that end, but the transition will be slow and just like gasoline vehicles, hard media will never die.
well...E showed up with an E-cigg...so whats next?
And by the way, I bought my E-cigs this morning..
When was the last time you burned a CD? There are still a lot of people that carry around thumb drives but thats about it. You can already stream movies/tv shows to your televison using your 360, Sling Box or just watch it on your computer. With Flickr you never have to email or snail mail another picture to your relatives.
But Blu Ray has a good chance of turning into the next Laser Disk. When the whole HD vs Blue Ray "war" was going on no one cared. And when Sony won people cared even less. It is going to happen in the next 10 years I would say. The younger folks, high school/college age kids are going to grow up and get real jobs and will not put up with the whole tune in at 11 for the video nonsense.
Just about any kind of compact-disc-like storage media has gathered that 'old tech' stigma now; no matter how much it can store. Folks don't want to worry about scratching or cracking their stuff nowadays. If it's successfully marketed it'll get its use, but it's no wave of the future or anything.
The other major concern with optical storage and such is the ability to use it at a later date. Look at VHS tapes. At some point folks get fed up with rebuilding their collection every 10 to 15 years.
I burn DVD's all the time.
And I do see your point, however, software manufacturers and movie studios have been and will continue to be very reluctant about moving away from hard media. Consumers place less value on downloaded content, so they would expect movies and software to be cheaper, since the packaging/manufacturing would be less expensive. This would cut into the manufacturers profit margins, and kill the industries associated with the packaging/manufacturing.
I'm not saying it won't happen, it's just not gonna happen overnight and like Drake said, it will probably have to wait for younger people to move into the decision making roles of these industries.
I should really patent my ideas. I thought of this(the 3D method they're talking about) back in high school. Of course, I really didn't know how to go about doing it, nor did I look into it, but thought of beaming a laser from the side.
This is biased towards data storage btw, not portable media. This would be good since you'd have even less clutter. Where it may be good as far as media goes; television series and movie series. No more DVD Box sets.
Like a hard disk drive with a removable disk...
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