Optical Media: Still A Great Value

By · Monday, February 9th, 2009

Optical Media Still A Great ValueWith hard drives getting larger every day and the growing demand for solid-state flash memory, you might think optical media is quickly becoming obsolete. This simply isn’t the case; allow me to explain why CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray will not be disappearing anytime soon.

Many companies and organizations compare the cost-per-gigabyte of different storage mediums when considering data storage options. A lower cost per GB means a better value for your money. When it comes to cost per gigabyte, nothing even comes close to the unbeatable value of optical media.

For example, a 100-pack of Taiyo Yuden Value DVD-R discs retails for $29 on our website. At 4.7 GB per disc, that’s a total of 470 GB of storage. That works out to approximately $0.06 per gigabyte. A quick Internet search shows that 500GB hard drives are currently going for about $100 dollars. That’s a cost of approximately $0.20 per gigabyte. What a difference!

Besides being cheaper than magnetic storage, discs are also much more portable. You can store them in CD wallets, send them in mailers, and put them in Jewel Cases and DVD Cases. You can hand them out at trade shows and sell them at concerts. You can play Audio CDs in your car and DVD movies at home and in a laptop. You cannot do all that with magnetic media!

Finally, optical media is such a great value because it is so reliable. Your data is stored in a layer of organic dye sandwiched between layers of polycarbonate plastic. There are no moving parts and nothing to wear out over time. Compare that to a hard drive, which contains electric motors, high-density platters, and thousands of microscopic parts.

When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, CDs and DVDs are still the best value around. Discs are used in everything from video game systems and computers to home entertainment, music, data storage, and more! That’s why I don’t see them disappearing from the market anytime in the near future. They’re just too good of a deal to pass up!

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