Now that hard disk space is so cheap, I've been able to rip my CDs with the new lossless
WMA format, which means I'll hopefully never have to go through that tedious CD
swapping cycle again even as new formats are introduced. Each CD takes ~300MB to store,
which means that this pocket-sized drive can store 200 CDs - pretty much my entire
CD collection. Suddenly I can listen to my choice of music wherever I am without having
to pick out a selection of CDs in advance. If only I could hook it up to my car somehow...
CDs are clearly the last major format of audio media that will gain broad consumer
adoption. I predict that in five years time, many digerati will be purchasing music
over the internet and downloading it to a central home server machine running some
Center edition of Windows.
Disclaimer - CD copying is only legal for CDs you own etc. etc. I'm not condoning
piracy, even though it frustrates the heck out of me that I can't backup one of my favourite
CDs using WMP because of lame copy protection mechanisms.