Global coffee giant Starbucks has announced that at the end of March 2015, the company will stop selling CDs in its stores. This is a major move by the Seattle-based company, which operates more than 21,000 locations worldwide, including more than 12,000 in the United States.
The compact disc market has been in decline for years, due to the popularity of paid music services such as iTunes and Google Play, and streaming services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and others.
This prototype integrates video processing and optical disc drive technologies that Panasonic has refined over many years, making it capable of reproducing 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel) high resolution video at up to 60 frames per second.
This marks a major advance in picture quality over current Blu-ray Disc players, and paves the way towards allowing consumers to enjoy the crisp, true-to-life quality of amazing 4K Ultra HD content in their own homes.
According to a recent survey from the NPD Group, the number of registered users for UltraViolet has recently topped 20 million accounts. This is a major milestone for the service, which has grown tremendously since it debuted in 2011.
2014 was a great year for UltraViolet, which saw its user base grow 33% from the same time last year. More than 15% of US households are now using the service, which is expected to continue growing in 2015.
Of the 20 million registered users, more than 1.5 million are from the UK alone. UltraViolet made its international debut in 2013 and is now available in 13 countries. Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg were added this year. More growth in the European market is projected for 2015.
The Blu-ray Disc Association is a group of manufacturers that includes Sony, Intel, Pioneer, Panasonic, and dozens of other companies. Together, they come up with the standards for how Blu-ray products will look and work.
Recently, the group group announced that they have approved a new specification for double-sided discs. Known as BD-DSD, the new specification will allow for up to 200GB of storage on a single disc (100GB/side).
In the world of business, companies must adapt to changes in their environment. If they do not adapt, they risk being passed by.
With the market for CD and DVD products shrinking, many companies in the duplication business have branched out into other industries.
Microboards technology has gotten into 3D printing with their Afinia 3D printer. Primera Technology has moved into the labeling industry, with a full line of color label printers and applicators. As for Rimage, they made a big push into enterprise video back in 2011 when they purchased San Bruno, California-based Qumu, Inc. for $52 million.