And hello to all sorts of DRM security junk that will surely come with these devices.
Just as long as they don't use MP3's or some other propriety format...It’s the USB flash drive. Increasingly, music and software distributors are looking at delivering your goods on one of these devices which are already practically ubiquitous.
CD will be around for quite a while as there are so many players around.
I have been saying for a couple years that flash memory and dowload on demand will kill the market for Blu-ray and HD-DVD.
Who wants a high def player that has moving parts that can go wrong and lasers when (in the first world) you will be able to download a high def film.
The DaVinci code has already been released on flash memory for use in certain Nokia Phones.
I think going Flash is the next-gen step.
It just makes more sense money wise. Like Jak said above, readers for blue-ray etc are gonna be expensive and have moving parts, a flash drive and reader are so cheap and a some LCD HD-tv's have readers and USB slots.
I'm sure this will happen, but I can't see the manufacturers producing 4-5GB (DVD eq size) disposable USB memory flash disks for under R20 each any time soon...
Will miss buying CD's
“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
i haven't bought a cd in years now,mp3 flash sticks in the car radio way easier to use.although cd and tapes are going to be here for some time still
Telkom: "Resistance is futile, your money is ours!"
I for one certainly won't spill any tears over the demise of CD's - they were overhyped by far:
Claim: "The data is safe under layers of plastic and readers can easily compensate for scratches"
Reality: Not in my experience! At least vinyl degraded gracefully. The awful sound of a damaged cd is an affront to my senses.
Claim: your data will be safe indefinitely
Reality: CD's degrade rather rapidly (within a few years), especially CD-R.
Claim: The sound quality is indistinguishable from vinyl.
Reality: Anybody who's old enough to remember the richness & timbre of analogue audio will know that a lot has been lost in translation to digital...
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
They'll get my money when:
1) there are no restrictions on the device I can use to play back my bought copy
2) the audio is losslessly encoded at a minimum of Red Book quality
The same is true of the "valve" sound (which is mainly a transformer-valve sound, actually...)