UALOneKPlus wrote:Your argument technically is correct, but for most folks, is practically faulty.
How many times has the average person needed to back up 4.7 GB of data? I bet the answer right now is once a year.
I wasn't discussing "most folks", I was discussing "mass storage" needs.
I was stating mass storage needs aren't cost-effective using CDs anymore.
Always seems so silly to make a mention of the apple market today, and find a response of "dunno, orange crops have been hit hard lately."
For mass storage needs, DVD-R wins if you want to save money and time.
I don't remember disagreeing with Ian's (or anyone's) opinion in this thread...(?)
But, yup, disregarding rebate wars, DVD is clearly the winner over CD in regards to speed and cost-effectiveness for users that store mass amounts of data.
Blu Ray might be nice for storing AV with low (or even no?) compression. Paying all that money for a home entertainment system (with more gadgets on the way) with crystal-clear everything just so you can catch every artifact Mpeg2 leaves in the picture isn't what people want. At least it would lower the excuses for the low-quality DVDs on the market today.
To think a CS/EE teacher once told me "no one will ever need more than a 80MB hard drive." (Though didn't Gates himself used to state that no one would ever need more than 640KB of RAM?)
My point is the quicker you make something cost-effective, the faster it becomes mainstream, and the sooner more average people use it, now making it even more cost-effective as it is mass-produced.
And there's nothing average about today's kids (the next consumers) versus the previous generation.