You knew this day would come, right? Jeffrey Mincey on the impending death of CDs and DVDs.
My media content storage days go back to 33 1/3 and 45 RPM albums and singles. Music. My parents had 78s and we had a record player which could play all three formats. 78s, 33 1/3s, and with an adapter, a stack of 45 RPM singles… Since those early days of albums and singles I’ve upgraded my music collection through the 8-Track craze, a generation of smaller and higher quality cassette tapes, then CDs and DVDs which I thought might last forever. Shortsighted much?
Well, CDs and DVDs have given way to online storage and streaming but far beyond mere music and video. iCloud now houses all the Mincey family photos (with backups to the Mac and external disk drives– we’re not totally dependent or willing to go all cloud yet), and our music collection is stored somewhere in the plantation but we hear what we hear via Apple Music; streaming and downloading.
My home collection of CDs and DVDs numbers into the hundreds and haven’t been used in years.