|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?