Digital media has been cannibalizing the sale of physical media for years—books are on the decline, magazines and newspapers are dying, as the world flocks to digital. You’d think comic books, where day-and-date releases are a given, digital-first issues run wild, and all-you-can-read subscriptions are growing, would…
Because we're not all artists who can turn dead media into a gigantic skull, I'm curious as to what you guys have done with your dusty collection of CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Laserdiscs, VHS Tapes and all other old, physical media? It seems heartless to toss 'em out but they're also so completely useless. What to do?
I have a gigantic case full of CDs that I have no idea what to do with. Do I toss them out? Do I save them for my kids? I'm sure other people have the same questions with their dead physical media—CDs, video tapes, DVDs, soon to be Blu-Rays—what's going to happen to all of that? Why not turn it into a giant skull…
Millenniata and LG have teamed up to save the CD. Okay, maybe not exactly. They want to save your data by making a new disc that's super tough but also readable with any current DVD or Blu-ray drive.
Contrary to popular belief, the humble DVD is not dead! Streaming, while popular, simply cannot wrest away the public eye from those silly plastic discs and onto the cloud where it belongs. Ergo, Netflix raised its prices.
Digital versus analog is a bitter war with no winner, and shouldn't be fought in the first place. Listen to your music how you please. But the C60 project aims to please both sides—physical cards trigger digital songs.
The military doesn't want to be the source of the next WikiLeak shit-storm, and is going to extreme means to ensure this—prohibiting the use of all disks and drives on its secret network, under penalty of court martial.
Thanks to nifty lasers, Sharp has created the first 100GB Blu-ray disc. The new Blu-ray format, called VR-100BR1, uses a new triple-layer standard that allows storage space of up to 128GB on single-write discs and 100GB on re-writable discs.
Sony just revealed the new laser they're developing alongside Tohoku University. Regardless of the future of physical media, the specs are astounding to consider.
A recently dug-up Time Magazine article from 1951 applauds Zenith's "Phonevision," a way-ahead-of-its-time invention that allowed movies ordered over the phone to be watched on a set-top box, no physical media required.
If you're looking for a sign that we live in a digital world that cares not for the physical manifestations of our analog past, you need only look at Paul Mawhinney's record collection. At over 3 million records, it's the largest in the world. He's trying to sell it due to his advancing age and health problems.…
Our own Adam Frucci, also of Sci Fi Tech fame, pokes fun at the arrogance and naïveté of purveyors of physical disc formats with a eulogy he magically delivers from the year 2010. He sets the stage with a little background about how President Obama has personally cured cancer and AIDS, there's a colony on the moon,…