I really wonder how much longer the average consumer will continue to completely replace his hardware and/or entertainment system everytime the industry decides to change things. I mean, common, drive are completely obsolete in 6 months tops now, it's sick! The Plextor 712a is barely out, and already it's looking kinda sad.
Very soon we'll have 16x drive coming out, and then it won't be long until we have a brand new format arriving, and replacing DVDs altogether.... things are moving a little too fast!
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media