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The Future of CD-ROMs

Updated on January 10, 2018
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Ryth (pronounced red) is a computer and video game enthusiast and self-made computer troubleshooter. When not tinkering, he is gaming.

A Brief History of CD-ROMs

CD-ROMs (Compact Disk Read-Only Memory) were developed in the 1970s. It was designed primarily for audio playback. Later it was developed to store computer data. The manufacture of CD-ROM drives in personal computers began in the 1990s. Since then, CDs became an important computer accessory and CD-ROM drives came to be one of the important computer peripherals.

CD-ROMs and CD-ROM drives were important parts of the computer since the 90s. By Marus (Marus) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
CD-ROMs and CD-ROM drives were important parts of the computer since the 90s. By Marus (Marus) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

How are CD-ROMs made?

Will CD-ROMs become obsolete?

In the advent of newer computer technologies and faster information transfer over the Internet, CD-ROMs are becoming outdated. Presently, data storage is more efficient and accessible over the Internet. More people are storing important files in large capacity servers through the information superhighway. It is faster than waiting for minutes burning data into CD-ROMs.

Another factor that will lead to the obsolescence of CDs is the development of cloud computing. Cloud computing is the use of computer resources accessed over the network. An example of this is the iCloud service of Apple. Since data can now be transferred and stored faster through wireless technology, the use of CD-ROMs would be redundant.

Furthermore, smaller and thinner computer devices are trending nowadays. In this fast-paced era, people prefer devices that are time-saving and laborsaving. Smaller computers such as iPads and some laptops do not have bulky CD-ROM drives in them, therefore they are being favored by the masses.

A diagram showing the overview of cloud computing. By Sam Johnston [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
A diagram showing the overview of cloud computing. By Sam Johnston [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

What are the disadvantages of using CD-ROMs?

Perhaps one of the most common disadvantage of CD-ROMs is its limited storage capacity. Unlike, storage servers that can handle massive amount of data, CD-ROMs are restricted to 700 megabytes of information. Though there are disks that can contain larger amounts of data (e.g. DVD-ROM, Blu ray disks), still no information can be added once it is already stored. Files stored in CD-ROMs are also at risk of being lost. CD-ROMs are not password-protected, unlike storage facilities accessible through the Internet.

Our little systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

All technological products have their lifetime also. CD-ROMs will ultimately become obsolete and people will take them to museums. So also with iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktops, and so forth. Everything made in this world will come to an end; we, human beings included.

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      4 years ago

      I don't buy CDs no more. I buy music on itunes and movies on Blu-Ray for better picture and sound. I like itunes gift cards to buy songs


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