i don’t quite agree with crustyteacup, for many reasons. CD/DVD are cheaper, still cheaper then hard drives and longer lasting. We still need a cheap backup media for computers, and DVD is good for that, but bluRay and HDDVD are better, they to are optical discs. Point being that optical media will ALWAYS out price any other storage media. Then we have sound and video plus speed, Not everyone in the USA has High speed internet or can get high speed. I am in a decent populated are and we have no high speed. I also am not a big fan up bad sounding compressed audio, so i prefer the physical cd, however i do like Mp3 for the fact that it is portable and good for work outs and the car. Now if i could get my CD collection uncompressed in a ipod that would be a blessing in it self, but the idea of no optical media in the future is very far away. I like the idea of ipod based devices and are all for them, we just need 1TB sized devices for audio and video. And consumer electronics need to get more computer based too so you have the compatibility. I saw a pioneer DVD recorder which has a 160GB hard drive, what is cool about this device is it lets you store Divx and Mp3 files to its hard drive from a USB connection, and then play it from there, no need for CD/DVD discs, if more electronics would do this, then it would be possible to eliminate optics, providing HDs would get cheaper and more reliable. God knows the speed is better. Then for people that cant download, you could have them use a reusable chip or RW based disc, go to the store and burn/write the content you want to the media and then bring home to transfer to your computer and home electronics. But when you talk about low income people. this then causes problems since most of them don’t have computers. All of us here always forget that not every person in the world has a computer, and when it comes to Audio/video based stuff the walmart $300 spacial computer just doesn’t cut it. Computers are still to expensive when it comes to all the software you have to buy to run all these media files. So it will be quite some time before optical media ever disappears completely.