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Poll: Do You Still Like Having Physical Media?

Do You Still Like Having Physical Media?

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?


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erinsugar erinsugar 9 years
I'm more worried about my computer crashing and losing it all.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I am awesomeness put it so well! I love looking through other peoples cds and dvds.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
No! I want it gone! I haven't bought physical CD's in eight years! (Napster + CDR back in the day) I rent DVD's but I wouldn't mind downloading them instead, IF the quality was better than what is currently available.
Sandra16 Sandra16 9 years
I only buy CDs when it's from my favorite band, or from any singer or band that I support. When it comes to DVDs, I like to have them "in hands".
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I haven't bought a physical CD in years but I do love having physical DVD's.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I love DVDs.. something you own that you can watch whenever you want. CDs, I only buy the entire one if I LOVE and want to support that person/group. Otherwise I would just download the song.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
There's something about having the CD cover to a CD and reading along with the lyrics or looking at pictures as I listen to the music. Downloading music is what I do most, but when it comes to movies, if there is a movie I really like, then I'll buy it. Otherwise, Netflix is fine with me for figuring out what the good movies are without paying the price.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
With the amount of devices these days to organise and store your media electronically it really doesn't make much sense to have all the dvds physically on shelves. I'm not sure about the americans but most places here in the UK we simply do not have the storage space to put it all. My partner and I are in the process of backing up all of our dvd collection electronically - all we have to do is put it on a usb drive and plug it into our dvd player. The DVDs will be going into storage boxes in the attic. This in turn will make room in our bedroom for a badly needed wardrobe for more clothes! And another thing - there is a new device out which will categorise your dvds into genre, length etc and you can simply use a remote control to send the movie to as many TVs as you like - over 40 of them - with on screen previews and cover information. Put simply - get rid of the physical media! (I can't stand clutter!)
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
yesss! I love having it to display. It's not just clutter... it's a reflection of your tastes, to have your guests see quickly what type of music or movies you like and what your personality is. I love them and a lot of DVD sets are packaged really nicely, in collectible cases and everything. If I had invested that amount of money into a DVD collection, I would be royally pissed to have physical DVDs become obsolete.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
I like my dvd's but I would rather have digital when it comes to music.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i could handle replacing dvd's with digital media (provided i had the hard drive space) &, as much as a pain packing up hndreds of cd's when i move is, i won't give up buying cd's. i love making a purchase & then getting to my car & tearing off the shrink wrap so i can start listening before i even leave the parking lot! dvd packaging isn't at all interesting to me (other than the episode summaries for tv shows), but flipping through cd liner notes is a must for me... it's part of the experiencing the music.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Yes. I'm always afraid that my laptop will go haywire and I'll lose all of my mp3's, so I back it all up on cd-r's. As far as movies go, I prefer to buy a dvd than have a digital file; again i'm afraid i'll lose the file and I prefer to just pop the dvd into the playstaion 2. I usually rent films using pay-per-view however if I want a film I'll buy the actual dvd. Also Blue-ray doesn't interest me at all; for me, regular dvd's are just fine (although I love my HD channels,lol.)
amers230 amers230 9 years
i'm over buying cds and have been slowly minimizing my collection (and the cds i still have i actually just went and threw away all of the jewel cases lmao. just not enough storage space in my place.) i do still like buying dvds though, and i can't see myself getting rid of those anytime soon.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
It depends, I would like to have copies of both because computers aren't 100% reliable.
Frenched Frenched 9 years
DVDs, I'm fine without, but as a music fanatic, having the actual CD means a lot more to me. It's sad that the art of an actual album with artwork and liner notes are starting to vanish. Times change though, I guess, and I do love carrying all my music around in a little portable player. There's pros and cons, I guess.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I love buying music in a physically tangible format. Same for movies and tv shows. In fact I refuse to buy digital music. I started buying records again recently and going out and getting records is a lot more satisfying (and a million times more enjoyable) that downloading anything. I hate digital anything.
k-squared k-squared 9 years
If I had enough room on my hard drive, it would be all digital. But the solidarity of having a hard copy can't be beat.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I have switched entirely to digital music, and I sold all my old cds this weekend and got $56! Netflix also killed buying dvds for me, although we still have some lying around. I tend to only buy tv shows on dvd now though.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
As long as I have a backup copy I don't mind all digital! It will take some getting used to though.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I like to see what I have and know that if the world erased everything digital, I'd still have the master copy.
Brittfish Brittfish 9 years
Love walking out of the store with a bag, but isn't it so much better for the environment if we eliminated all of it?
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I spent a long time building a great DVD collection and I'm not looking forward to it disappearing into digital media. Not to mention that even though I download the majority of my music, I still buy CDs all the time. I'm not ready to give up my physical media!
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