> People who listen to CD's are perfectly happy with them.
Many are, some aren't. Many of the CDs sold today immediately get ripped to an iPod because it's more convenient to carry around than a file box or ten of CDs. Many who don't have iPods wish they could carry a larger selection of music without breaking their backs.
> CD players are cheap and ubiquitous. They are already in in your car, in boom boxes, DVD players, CD players, computers, game machines, clock radios, etc. I probably have 12 devices that play CD's in my household.
Absolutely right. Me, too. But, these devices wear out and get replaced. The RIAA has enough influence to ensure most of the replacements in MP3-CD-capable units have cheap memory card readers as well. With enough pressure, we could all end up with dozens of MP3-SD players in everything whether we really wanted them or not. Over time, of course.
> But I have only one thing that uses SD cards and that's my point and shoot camera. The 2 laptops and the desktop, the two smartphones, the 4 mp3 players, the digital SLR, the xbox 360, the blu-ray player... not ONE of them has an SD card slot. So much for ubiquitous.
But, one SD device, a camera, is all you need for their evil plan to work. You dump your tunes to the computer just like you would photos, then you can do whatever you want with your tunes, even burn mix CDs for older cars or Audio DVDs for older home theaters, if that's your thing.
So, you are a good case in point that MSDs are ubiquitous enough for the SlotMusic scheme to work, assuming enough early adopters like cheap solid state media enough to try it.
> If a consumer wants music files for their computer then they are already downloading the files.
Many, but not all. It may seem a quaint practice to those of us who haven't bought music CDs in a decade, but about half of CDs are still purchased for ripping into a computer and syncing to an iPoddy thingy, with the CD as backup. Whether or not we think it's the smartest thing to do (i backup Amazon MP3s to cheap HDs), enough people still do it for it to be a viable part of a potential SM market.
> If they resist that system because they want a physical object with liner notes then a CD can be bought at any store and just abut every computer in the world can already transfer this format into their mp3's if they so desire.
...and MSDs won't be any better or worse in that regard. Like you said, your camera can get MSDs into your computer already. Most new laptops and desktops include memory card readers. Many MSDs are bundled with USB readers or SD apapters. It's "The Gillette model." If this gains any traction at all, access hurdles won't be a problem.
> So other than the gimmick of getting a free SD card with every purchase why would anyone bother buying these things?
Because no media format is dominant forever, and solid state media beats the ever-loving pants off optical disks, technologically. Economics may follow.
Optical disks are not even remotely as fast, power-efficient, portable, flexible, and easy to customize as solid state media. Everyone knows that unless technological advancement grinds to a screeching halt, solid state media (or something better) will definitely, without a doubt, become more dominant than optical disks in the future.
We don't know exactly what the next dominant format will be or how long it will take to surface. Considering 1GB MSDs are now $3-$4 and have a sizable installed base, the recording industry is testing it out as a possible successor. I'm cool with that. Won't be buying any SlotMusic myself, but blank MSDs? Maybe.
Optical discs will loiter around us long after their prime, just like tape and vinyl. MSDs may not be the next top media format. I have serious doubts about MSDs, too. Even if MSDs win, some day our children or grandchildren will start calling it "silicon" or "gallium arsenide" as it fades into history to be replaced by holographic or bio-neural media. Or maybe pigeons carrying strips of bacon with data imprinted in its DNA. Yum!
I choose not fear technological advancement, but to embrace and guide it. And I, for one, welcome our new silicon overlords, and remind them that as a trusted Intertubes personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground gallium arsenide mines...
Gee, how did the silliest fan in buzztown become so darn serious as to author a veritable library praising a format I've already doomed to failure? Fast fingers and insomnia, my friends. Fast fingers and insomnia. And insanity. Any further responses shall be less windy. We can all hope.