You may have noticed that we've almost entirely ignored the supposedly raging battle over the new DVD format. The New York Times is now recognizing what we suggested months ago. The whole battle over next generation DVDs is somewhat pointless because people seem to be moving well beyond disc-based storage. Of course, if the two sides actually came to an agreement and offered a single standard, it could generate some interest -- but it would need to happen soon. However, with two competing standards, high prices, and all sorts of other problems (such as overly aggressive copy protection), it seems that many consumers just aren't interested. The entertainment industry seemed to believe that the "here's our new format, now go replace your entire collection" business model would continue forever -- but it appears that more than a few people are fed up. Obviously, the concept of storage on discs isn't entirely dead, and won't go away for quite some time, but it does seem sort of quaint to think that disc-based storage is going to be a growth area any time soon.
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