The CDs have been around since 1978, the reason it was developed was to take over from the laser disc technology. Since then we have seen tremendous changes and adaptation to new forms of storage to the diverging nature of human beings like; the use of a disc that is portable and gives high video resolution and also the need for one to save the things he/she considers to be of use or favorite.
The above is the first set of people; the second set is the people who still cherish the older storage device for some reasons; they may not know how to make use of the new technology, or they are merely rigid to the older system of doing things.
Consider this; even in this age of streaming, the compact discs still have value in the entertainment industry. It still has employed a lot of people who offer duplication and replication services, among others. It is still efficient because it is an affordable means of providing the solution to storage. Cost of products or services is highly a significant consideration to the current world economic recession. Therefore, the services or products, which provide a quality solution on the least cost, have high chances of surviving in the market.
CDs still have value in the music industry; some of the music bands and artist are not seeing a fall in their sales. Most people always want to buy something to take home with them, whether a disk, t-shirt anything that they love. Recent research has revealed that there are some types of music genres that are CD bias in their demand compared to others. Examples include Gospel, Classical, Children’s, Indie, Jazz and seasonal songs like Christmas. Its resilience in the markets is through the process of duplication, where it involves the burning of the audio directly to readymade blank discs.
However much, their impact and market dominance, we cannot assume that the technological changes that will later have an impact on the efficiency of the DVD and the CDs. Today, the Blu-ray is slowly picking up in the market the reason being; it has a more significant storage capacity of 25 GB on a single layer-disc which is more than most of its counterparts. Although it is expensive, studios and big industries are embracing it.
The second technology that may disorient the disc’s storage is the E.coli; this is a research ongoing in the Hong Kong, where it has been discovered that a single gram of bacteria may hold more information than a 900TB hard drive, this is new and amusing, right? This process of bio storage is a growing interest in many technology researchers. Who knows? Maybe in future, we will use a thumb drive that has bacteria’s that provide solutions to storage that cannot be hacked. Pirating is the worst disaster, that has proved to be problematic to most people and has led to lost or information leaking to unauthorized persons not forgetting the cyber bully.
The changes may not affect the CDs and DVDs systems currently but who knows the future, that day is still to come.