On his Time Tuned In blog, writer James Poniewozik laments the disappearance of physical media (i.e. CDs, DVDs, etc.), repeating a quote by NYU new-media scholar Clay Shirky: "The need to hold media that you consume — the physical purchase — is going away."
I have to say, while I love my Netflix and I find it much easier to download music rather than visit a music store, it can also be so satisfying to have physical media — tangible things obtained via real face-to-face interactions with people — as opposed to quietly buying/renting things online.
Poniewozik goes on to write, "I can better understand now why it is that technology changes so deeply disturb some people." What about you? Does it disturb you? If physical media goes away altogether, will you miss it?