Today's cloud-based release of the OS X 10.7 Lion preview adds one more nail to the coffin of removable media. Last September, TUAW declared that the disc is dead. Apple's move today, in releasing Lion through the online Mac App store, helps reconfirm that DVDs and CDs are headed the way of the floppy -- i.e., to dodosville along with the thylacine and
Android the dot matrix printer.
As Apple's new death star of a data center in North Carolina begins to serve its role in taking Apple to the clouds, the disc-less MacBook Air line begins to look less like a push to save weight and streamline hardware and more like simply doing business as usual.
What do you think?
|Hey, Blu Ray is just getting started. Removable media technology has a long way to go before it plays out.||1435 (15.3%)|
|OS installs may no longer be disc-based, but there's still room for disc storage and large app installs, like Final Cut and Adobe Creative Suite.||1741 (18.6%)|
|Disc is dead but USB sticks and SSD have a long way to go before "removable media" goes toes up.||4320 (46.2%)|
|Disc is dead, baby, dead. Viva the cloud-based inferno.||1774 (19.0%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||90 (1.0%)|