When was the last time you actually used your DVD-ROM? When was the last time you burned a copy of a file, music, or video? If you have done so in the past year, I congratulate you on being one of the very few who did. In a world that offers direct download from online stores is readily available, and where internet speed is adequately fast and affordable, it would seem the discs are a thing of the past and is just being kept alive by the console gaming industry.
Sadly enough, it even looks like even the gaming consoles are slowly headed towards a future where DVDs and Blu-ray do not exist. But does this mean that their demise is near? I think not! Think back a decade and a half, I remember back in middle school the computer lab teacher required all of the students to have their own Floppy Disc, for the younger readers a Floppy Disc is a storage device that works much like a flash drive but has a limit of about 2 Megabytes, if you want to know what it looks like look at a save Icon.
These were standard back then; everyone working with a computer was using them, now they are virtually non-existent… or are they? With a little bit of research I discovered that a lot of organizations are still using them. The reason for this is either that the organization (mostly governments) finds it to be costly to transfer all of their data from the old storage system to a more “modern” one, OR they find a sense of security using a somewhat out-dated form of storage while transporting data.
Whatever the reason, they are still using it, and I believe that if regular consumers abandon the tech, it would still be used by large organizations with a far too large amount of data stored in that form to cost-effectively transfer all at once. This is not the only way discs could stay alive though.
Back in 2013, scientists have discovered a new way to store data into discs, a new laser to be precise, one that could store up to petabytes worth of data into a single DVD disc. There might or might not be a use for this by the public, but there is a definite use for this technology in the Industrial, scientific, and government community. In the end, most tech don’t actually die, they evolve or change purpose.
To this day some archaic tech from the 80’s or probably even 80’s is still in used by some section of a government somewhere in this planet. If anything, keeping some old hardware around might prove to become profitable for you in the future. You would be surprised on how much stuff you might think of as useless junk are going for at online auctions. DVDs are here to stay for a bit longer; the question of it still being relevant to the consumer though is a matter that is yet to be answered.