Flash vs DVD
First of all, let’s disregard CD-Roms. Nowadays memory sticks far exceed the 700MB limit of CD-Rs so they pose no competition. But what about DVD-Roms? Can you see them being ousted by USB flash drives? Unless you care about watching self-burned movies with your actual TV-DVD-player I would say yes. Think about it:
- You can write data a lot quicker (USB 2.0 can transfer 60 MB per second whereas a DVD burner can only do 24 MB/s using a writing speed of 16x).
- You can rewrite data over and over again effortlessly, unlike with DVD-RW. (I don’t know about you but I constantly screwed up my data through rewriting.)
- You can carry them around handily without inflicting any damage (see wear your stick) whereas DVDs usually require a case and some type of bag for safe transport.
- They are far more durable and reliable. How often did you pop in that burned DVD-R to find out that your player has a problem playing it? Could that newly discovered hole or scratch on the surface be to blame? Well, these things can’t happen with USB memory sticks and the data stored on them is not that easy to lose, even when exposed to magnetism.
The only disadvantage I can think of is that 1 flash drive-GB is more expensive than 1 DVD-GB. But does that really bother if it means that GB is good to last? So if you ask me, sooner or later the shiny silver disks will be obsolete. Imagine movies, games and music albums being sold on memory sticks. As a matter of fact there have already been occasions where this has been done (for example, Kylie Minogue’s “X” or Portishead’s “Three”). And why not? It sure saves a lot of space.
To take it one step further, pen drives also score well compared to hard disks. I devoted an article to that here: Flash drives vs. hard drives. As always, feel free to leave your comments.