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do you still use cds/dvds (not including video game discs)

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#1 Hergiswi


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 12:03 PM

i had a conversation with a former student of mine somewhat recently, where he was berating me for still using cds because they're obsolete. i didn't really believe him at first and just kind of laughed at him because i work with teens and i know they're quick to dismiss a lot of things. i quickly realized, however, that i had no desire for more cds/dvds and didn't have much of a use for the ones i did have. a few months later i got a new laptop and it doesn't even have a cd drive.


i realized that not only was i generally not putting my discs to use, but pretty soon i probably wouldn't even have a way to use them even if i wanted to. i've spent the last year digitizing all of my music and movies using an old laptop and my girlfriend's external cd drive. i made iso files of all the old games and operating systems that i wanted to keep, and thanks to 3rd party programs you can just mount the iso files as if they're actual cds. i'm ripping the last of my dvds right now (first six seasons of that 70s show, great show btw) and then i think i'll be completely rid of any cds or dvds.


i'm curious what your thoughts are, since we're all fond of older technology (to some extent) by nature of the fact that we're still using a forum in 2020. plus i know the tangibility, cover art, booklet, etc. of a cd appeals to a lot of people, not to mention there are collectors and whatnot.

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#2 Saffith


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 01:13 PM

I'm playing a CD right now. The Mega Man 9 arranged soundtrack, specifically.


It's partly that I like having physical media, but more than that, I really hate DRM and the whole idea of just buying a license or access. I don't want my stuff to be tied to a specific device, and I don't want it to disappear because the company loses distribution rights or goes out of business or whatever else. CDs and DVDs are expensive, take up space, and require special equipment to play, but they're mine.

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#3 Matthew



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 02:03 PM

I don't use CD/DVD media, but I recognize that they're probably the better choice in terms of actually "owning" property as opposed to "renting" it.


Neither of my previous two laptops even had CD drives.

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#4 Titanium Justice

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:31 PM

If I really like a movie I will buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray so that I can keep it in a more tangible form. I still own a collection of VHS tapes for this very purpose.

I will occasionally buy my music on CD if it's a band I'm especially fond of or if it's super cheap. Thrift stores and used CD outlets are especially good for finding cheap music. Sure, I suppose I could just simply pirate music and get it all for free, but I guess I feel the need to support the music industry (and might quite possibly have a fear of computer viruses).

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 07:56 PM

I used to watch DVDs quite a bit, but I have never purchased a music CD (if you can believe that). That said, I've been given some, and burned some mix CDs, but I never used them that much. The last DVD I watched was probably The Big Lebowski over the years, and the last software DVD I used was the Windows 7 install disc.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 04:29 AM

I have several installations of Fedora or Ubuntu Linux on DVDs, as well as other bootable tools on CD or DVD.  When something just doesn't have USB support, or for some reason all of their USB slots are busted (sometimes there's just one USB slot!)  my CDs are my go-to tools. 

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:15 AM

Yes, but not often.


My laptop doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, which annoyed me to no end back when I got it - I got myself an external drive so I could run them.


I have used it less than a dozen times, though, and a couple of those were probably specifically for ripping audio off the CDs.


I can get most of my audio needs off Youtube, is the reality of things, and I don't watch a lot of movies.

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