I'm thinking that USB Flash Drives will be the "New CDs." (As an example of popularity, the home page / new products announces three different flash drives just in the last few days.) I think they would be easier to store, easier to transport, hold a lot more data/files, and I suspect that they would not be so susceptible to long-term degregation and loss of data as CDs and DVDs. I do not know what the effective storage life of data on these would be. But doesn't the data on flash drives and HDDs have a near-infinite life providing the flash drive or HDD doesn't get physically damaged? I've thought about memory cards, like SDHC cards, but I think that USB flash drives are now more universal. It seems like every electronic component has an USB port.
PS - So what would this mean for the music and video industry? No more discs. Buy your music at a kiosk if you don't do it at home over the nternet. Movies would be sold as a download or on a "pre-packaged" flash drive (the "New DVD"). No more renting DVDs -- download the movie file, and it will self-destruct after two viewings. Or just buy the movie download at a higher price. Well, that's my vision of the future. (Cds will be as popular as 45 rpm records are now.)
PPS - There's this bar/bingo place that I eat in frequently (great Philly cheese steak sandwiches). They had some sort of electronic juke box -- it was about the size of an old style one, but apparently the music/songs that the customer purchased for one-time play was downloaded from the internet. Well, I was in there last week and that "old" digital jukebox was gone (opening up floor space.) Now they have a flat panel "iTunes" touch screen hanging on the wall. It is about three inches deep or so, just deep enough to accomodate receiving money. Each song costs $1.00. (Seems like a lot, since you can buy a song for that much at home as a download, can't you?) Anyway, this has nothing to do with CDs; just sharing an observation about our digital world.
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on Tue May 22, 2012 4:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.