It is a very simple question: is the CD dead? In this world of MP3 players, streaming music sites, satellite radio, DVDs, flash media, and portable hard drives it seems that the CD and CD-R have been lost to data bloat and more efficient media formats.
I mention this because the other day I was cleaning/organizing my desk and decided to consolidate all of my blank media and found that I had a ton of blank CDs that I would never really use. I can’t remember the last time I burnt a CD; can you? The stereo in my car can read my USB flash drive just fine. I routinely use Pandora on my BlackBerry tied in through a headphone jack in my center console. Couple that with satellite radio and you’re left wondering where is the need for spinning media (minus DVDs)?
In the Comm world of the US Air Force the latest Windows Vista load is a 7.85 GB ISO to be burned on dual-layer DVDs. It’s very rare that we have to wait for a CD to finish burning, my team and I just dump and move data on faster and easier to transport portable hard drives.
What do you think? Do you still use CDs routinely? What was the last thing you burned to the glory that is (at first 650 MB) 700 MB of sheer old school media? It was a sad day when the 5.25″ floppy disk died and an even sadder one when the 3.5″ floppy bit the dust. Will we all reminisce about CDs like we do floppies?