As if Compact Discs didn’t have a bad enough 2010 when iTunes dropped them from their logo.
Now CDs are faced with the inevitable slow decline to obsolescence. T’was a great run though. They really made some units move in the 90’s, but like all things the dream is over.
Via Tech Crunch
…Make no mistake that today, with two unveilings, Apple has effectively sealed the fate of the optical disc in the computer industry. Soon, it will go the way of the floppy disk.
…CDs were replaced by DVDs because they offered a lot more storage. But flash memory cards, such as the one Apple includes with the Air, are already blowing DVDs out of the water when it comes to storage…
But that’s only one half of the future. The other half is a potentially much bigger announcement Apple made today: the Mac App Store. …There will be free and paid apps. There will be one-click downloads. There will be automatic updates. All that.
What there won’t be are any optical discs.
…We’re talking apps that run on your computer, just like you have now, they’re just distributed in a way that makes a lot more sense.
They’re distributed in a way that makes the CD, DVD, and every other optical disc obsolete. And that’s good, since soon the optical drives will start to fade out of existence as well.
With the launch of the iTunes Music Store seven and a half years ago, Apple put the wheels in motion to kill the CD. Today, they kicked off their final assault. There will be no survivors. (More here)
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