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Are CD/DVDs relavent? [Jan. 31st, 2009|05:25 pm]

Normally I'd techy-cut this, but if any non-techy would be able to share an opinion, I'd be very interested.

Recently my dad has bought some interesting consumer technology. One was a usb hard drive that connects to the TV and plays video files straight from the drive. The other is a DVD player that has a USB port, allowing you to plug in any usb disk, and play video files straight from the device.

The question is then, "How often do I need CDs or DVDs these days?". If I want to transfer data, I don't use a whole stack of CDs or DVDs and wait for hours while the data burns (especially for a DVD) - I bring a hard drive. If I want to play music, I put it on an mp3 player, and just plug it into the back of a hifi.

Last week, I used the first one in ages - I wanted to wake up to different music in the morning (I have an alarm clock that plays from a CD) so I plucked out tracks and burnt a new CD. Today, I seem to have a valid reason for CDs. Right now, I'm burning 3 different CDs, and all 3 of them are CDs for operating systems[1,2].

Let's be honest, not many people are going to be installing a new operating system on their computer all that often. So, I'm wondering if people use the CD burners on their computers any more, and what for?

[User Picture]From: fractal_rainbow
2009-01-31 06:47 pm (UTC)
Only if my mum wants an album burnt so she can bring it into work or play it in her car. The last request like that was for Ani diFranco's album "Reprieve" and Apocalyptica's self-titled one.

I can't remember the last time I burnt a CD for my own purposes, but I was tempted to burn a copy of the DVD when I borrowed the Leopard DVD from my project supervisor.
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[User Picture]From: motosycho
2009-01-31 08:13 pm (UTC)
Burning mix cds for the car every few months or so. No otehr reason for em these days for me :P
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[User Picture]From: fnordius
2009-02-01 10:10 am (UTC)


Seriously, try to back up your data about once per month. Files get corrupted, hard drives can die, all sorts of things can happen. Record it to a CD and make it a habit.

I say CD, though you can also use a DVD. However, I think most recordable CD's are are more robust, and with backups you want something that will last a couple of years. The first DVD's that I made started to go bad even though I stored them in a cool and dry place. So your mileage may vary.

But seriously: make backups. Store your music in a non-DRM format.
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