While computer technology has made our lives easier and more convenient, just like anything else, some products start to fade into obscurity. Here’s a look at some technology devices you should consider never buying again.
CDs, Blu-ray, or DVDs
When was the last time you bought a movie on DVD or Blu-ray, or CD for that matter? Unless you’re a collector, there’s no reason to buy any of these discs anymore. You can get all of your music via a plethora of streaming services like Spotify, Xbox Music, Pandora, and the like. As far as TV and movies, you can get them from streaming services like the ones mentioned previously: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and others. And storing files on a blank CD-R or DVD-R is so 2005.
With so many alternatives to cable now, a lot of people are starting to cut the cable cord. Virtually anything you can watch on cable is available to you online via a sub-$100 set-top box and services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon instant Video. Except for live sports, but that is also starting to change with the introduction of MLB and WWE networks.
With the availability of so much space in the cloud, it’s really not necessary to carry around a USB flash drive anymore. Not to mention, they get lost or stolen, and if you use say, Office 365, your documents are available anywhere via OneDrive. Of course, if we don’t advise storing sensitive files in the cloud — that included embarrassing pictures!
Back in the day, everyone had a big bulky desktop computer and CRT monitor on a desk in their home. But now with software tech going the way of touch apps, and hardware going the way of 2-in-1 convertible laptops, you shouldn’t need a stand-alone bulky and power consuming PC. Of course, there’s always exceptions to every rule. If you’re a hard-core gamer, need tons of horsepower for video editing, enjoy building your own PC, or have a NAS or media server, these types of enthusiasts will still want their boxes that can be upgraded over time.
Unless you’re a hard core audiophile, there is no reason to buy a dedicated music player ever again. Apple is cutting back on its production of its once popular iPod, as customer demand has steadily declined for such devices. Since you already have your phone, it makes no sense to spend the extra cash for a dedicated MP3 player. Audiophile’s still enjoying specialized devices for music like the Pono Player or the Sony Walkman ZX2 which both do one thing and do it well – play high-quality music. But for most people, a streaming music service and podcasts work for an audio fix.
These are just a few of the tech items you shouldn’t need to buy again. What are some of the things you can think of that you’ll never buy again — floppy disks and zip drives don’t count, they are already dead.