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OS X Lion preview ably demonstrates that disc is dead

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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.

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