Of course, DVD's 4Gb of capacity far outstripped the original SD and USB device capacity, and it did so for years.
But, as far as usage, yes, I love having 32Gb on an SD card. Fast-forwarding thru 82,000 MP3 files - oh yes. What a great time!!
Or drop an SD card on the car floor and see how much fun THAT is compared to retrieving an optical disk! But at least those are self-contained in the decks, yes.
They're not sticking out so they can't be snapped off, bent and perhaps have the USB plug on the deck injured by a happy dog, a child's chair-dancing foot or a hubby's big elbow.
As for devices that consume more batteries, well... I prefer less battery-laden landfill than more. One of us needs to.