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Is the CD on its way out?

Sony recently announced that it will cease production of floppy disks by March 2011. I haven’t really used a floppy for a decade now. Come to think of it, I haven’t really used a CD-R for the longest time too.

The last time I remembered I bought and burned a CD-R was when I needed one for my car. I got my iPod hooked to the car stereo but sometimes I forget to bring it along so I thought having a CD-R in the player should solve the problem as it will always stay there.


But in this day and age where portable storage is provided by flash drives with capacities much higher than the usual 670MB of a CD+R and DVDs are cheaper and very accessible, the good old CD might not have enough reasons to live by.

Okay, maybe the music CD still has the needed demand but aside from that, I don’t see any other better use of the CD. Anybody out there still have their CD collections intact?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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22 Responses

  1. deuts says:

    Well, I mostly buy CD’s if I wanted to burn a Linux distro to try out on my machine.

  2. My CD collections packed with some silica gel and all the music is already copied to my iTunes.

    Got me thinking on that as well, I haven’t used or burned a CD and DVD since late 2008. Except for instances when I made duplicates of my installers to keep the originals scratch-free.

  3. some still use it for backups or school project proposals. i use dvd-r for my backups of important large files like softwares. but most likely, i still prefer a usb flash drive with write-protect notch on it.

  4. Teknisyan says:

    I think.. this goes to the hardware being sold. If hardware stop making CD/DVD Drives then the CD and even DVDs will follow.

    Blame this to the company/person who invented the USB Drives.

    Just need to know how to create a bootable USB Drive. :)

  5. Jad says:

    Last time I remember using my laptop’s cd/dvd drive was when I made my recovery discs, and that was on day 1 of my laptop, about half a year ago, and I was using dvds! I don’t think I have used a CD ever yet here. :))

  6. Vidar says:

    I still keep some CD-R for sharing files with my friends. Better than lending them my flash drive.

  7. fr0stbyte says:

    CD-Rs tend to have errors. Cyclic redundancy anyone? DVD-/+Rs are the rulers now. And don’t tell me you fancy Blu-ray. That would be an obvious lie. Unless you’re effin rich.

  8. bongskie says:

    i’m still using cd for my backups

  9. Conan Hughes says:

    CD’s are so common these days that some stores even sell them at only P5.00 or less! At such price, you can share files without having to part with your USB flash drives.

  10. Bon says:

    Data on CD-Rs that I burned 12-13 years ago are still perfectly readable with current hardware (which is more than I can say about Zip disks, Jaz Drives, MO drives, and now, floppies), whose formats have gone by the wayside. A properly stored CD-R will last for many years.

  11. someone says:

    I don’t use CD-R’s anymore. I use DVD’s to backup my files. Ondoy came last year and took most of my collection of discs. maybe it’s time for me to buy those portable hard drives.

  12. Edgar says:

    Ripped my music CD collection into flash drives. Now I have to store them next to my LP’s. Don’t laugh now, I still have LP’s but I can’t play them anymore since turntables went the way of the Dodo, and the ones available are way too expensive.

  13. Darren says:

    I AM CD collector

  14. wenker says:

    sa bansa natin..may mga taong kelangan pa rin ang cd kasi di naman lahat ata afford ang ipod or any gadgets na usb ^_^.

  15. Jhay says:

    For the more affluent like you, the CD may have outlived its usefulness.

    But for the rest of us who cannot afford a high capacity external HDDs, iPods and other portable storage media, the CD-R and DVD-R has replaced the floppy for long-term and portable storage solutions.

    We backup our files, movies and software on CD-R and DVD-Rs.

    In our income bracket, the CD-R still has a long, long way to go. :D

  16. manong says:

    No, I don’t think so for the next 10 years. It still has many uses in the most cost efficient way:

    1. audio cd/mp3 sales
    2. souvenirs and giveaways business
    3. small installers from developers
    4. off-line file sharing by students
    5. pirates

  17. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    CD’s 650~700mb of storage is versatile.

    1. Distrohopping. Majority of GNU/Linux distros still make use of these. Dvd ISOs arent too common given majority of users prefers their own custom apps to be installed, minimizing bloat by remastering a Linux distro using the bare minimum to support a desktop with GUI, browser, mail reader, basic media players, hardware detection and support for some wireless lan chipset. The rest of the software are obtained via package managers requiring broadband connection hence the less need for a DVD mastered ISO

    2. Sneakernet. Although offset by the ease of USB drives, the cost to distribute is much less if you factor the chance of loss & damage while in transit(like theft and damage due to static)

    3. Boot compatibility. Most OS are designed for booting off cd media with extra effort in porting them to USB media to make them bootable. Also mobo support is an issue. Also useful for recovering data from crashed systems, also being read-only keeps it in pristine condition VS malware that tend to affect USB Flash drives.

    4. Installers below 700mb. Legacy apps and games although keeping them in ISO images on Dvds are also a decent alternative.

    5. Promotional distribution. Lower cost especially for those software demos/games being distributed on magazines compared with usb media. Also lower costs and faster turn-out when burning CDs compared to DvD(unless you get a professional cd mastering systems).

  18. Jon says:

    I still use CDs (or DVDs) to store files or give out to friends. However, it may be soon that CDs would no longer be practical with high-capacity storage becoming common and affordable.

    CD storage is less reliable compared to others, like flash, namely. Just a little nick on the surface and you can say goodbye data. Plus, for those who use a lot of digital media, isn’t 600-700mb to little?

    For music storage, other digital formats are more becoming favorable and convenient, like iTunes, and our favorite P2P sources. Audio CDs are probably good for memorabilia though.

    I do agree that CDs are probably on their way out, but not yet too soon. I see this happening where high-speed Internet is common, as well as high-capacity media. Where everything is in the “cloud” and can be downloaded anytime, anywhere.

  19. simplynice93 says:

    I still use CDs to store digital pictures, music and other small files. I usually use it if i want to distribute some private pictures to my friends and family.

  20. Jazon says:

    I also use CD for Linux distros.

  21. lalaru says:

    i usually buy portable hardisk or flash drives, at least i know the lifespan is a lot longer :)

  22. Kor says:

    uhmmm…SSS still uses floppy disks. I need to buy floppy disks because the computers at SSS can only read files from floppy disks (at least that’s what our secretary says)

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