Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Blue-Ray wins "format war" but it's outdated NOW.

Huh... All this hype about Sony's Blue Ray beating Toshiba's HD-DVD, and you come along saying they're outdated NOW? Yes. I can say that honestly.

Have you paid attention to USB sticks? A.K.A. flash drives? Seems that every two months the ones in the store are cheaper, and not only that - but with double the memory of two months ago. Guess what else? There are already USB sticks with 64GB of storage capacity. That rivals the storage density of a Blue-Ray or HD-DVD. If the pricing and capacity trends continue they'll be fairly cheap and exceed the capability of current disc based media. Other advantages of such solid state devices is they're compact, resist most types of damage mechanisms that would ruin an optical disk, and they aren't burdened with much in the way of proprietary nonsense (too many active competitors in this particular market). Only thing needed is a set top player that could easily read and play movies from a USB stick (or actually build it into a TV line). All it would take is someone like Samsung, Panasonic, or LG to step up and make such a thing, and Sony would get blindsided with "WTF?" such that it'd look like "epic fail" to be told of in internet lore for untold ages.

Just thought I'd say something while it's still fresh.

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