The death of physical media

16 May
Looks what's in my closet. Ute Lemper, Akira and South Park.

Looks what's in my closet. Ute Lemper, Akira and South Park.

Jeremiah Owyang’s 5 reasons why owning physical media (DVDs, CDs) is antiquated:  

  • 1. I’m impatient; I want it, when I want it.
  • 2. Owning media takes up space.
  • 3. It reminds me of the 80s and 90s when my friends would buy shelves and shelves of VHS tapes –DVDs will be antiquated, as new formats are already coming around beyond Blu-Ray.  
  • 4. Owning media is a liability: It depreciates over time, can be a challenge and a headache to sell.
  • 5. It’s bad for the environment: If there’s anything the world needs less of it’s forged plastic disks and equally bad for the environment containers. 

I’ll add that it is surprising how little you reuse these expensive examples of impulse buying. Add up all the $10 increments in your closet and ask yourself what useful, durable item you would have actually purchased with the funds.

A backpacking tent?


3 Responses to “The death of physical media”

  1. victoriakamm May 16, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    Yes six times over! I am walking over to the cabinet right now and getting rid of all the stuff I know we will never use or miss. I keep saying “we can find it on the internet”. Except for family items that’s true. Guess I’ll have to take my own advice.

    Great post Kevin!

  2. klcesarz May 16, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    Another secondary reuse is the nostalga prompted from looking at the media case and remembering when it was fresh and what other content was sparking at the same time.

  3. Michael Esposito January 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    LOL seriously? Have you actually checked the market prices of vinyl LPs lately? And as far as your durable goods, I have to ask…Like what? technology, which actually has a short lifespan because of upgrades and “planned obsolescence” (look it up) or a pathetic Gold or diamond market that you would not want to get in front of at this point or real estate and effectively join the bubble (or wallow in it’s entrails). We have a serious culture and brain drain here people. Unless you have a way to thumb through old rare books and media and people don’t purchase preserve and pass on these treasures, one day we (as a culture) will only be as smart as the moment they turn out the lights. Seriously folks put your immediate gratification in a jar and grow up or we as a society WILL be forgotten.

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