While clearing out the bookcase this past weekend, it occurred to me that I need to do something with all the CDs and DVD/Blu-rays in our collection. Why? Well, turns out we no longer have any disc drives in the house.
The tide has been turning to streaming slowly but surely over the years, and said drives have gradually fallen by the wayside. None of our desktops nor laptops now feature an optical drive, we have some WiFi speakers but no actual CD players, and having upgraded our games console to an Xbox Series S, we've lost the ability to play Blu-ray discs. Come to think of it, we do have one CD player - a multi-changer, even - but it's in the car and hasn't been used for some time as Spotify has taken over proceedings.
Despite the shift, I find myself reluctant to let go of my favourite CDs and Blu-rays, irrespective of my inability to play them. You might say I'm almost saddened by the fact that my 4K Blu-ray collection will no longer continue to grow, though, I've got to be honest, I can't actually remember the last time I actually played one. Must have been The Little Mermaid a few years back, when my nieces slept over, but even they now have their own Netflix profiles so I doubt we'll ever get around to Aladdin. "You can't get rid of them," says the wife, though I don't believe she's cottoned on to the fact that the new Xbox won't play her Harry Potter collection.
How about you, do you still buy and use physical media? Whether it's for music, movies, games or software, share your thoughts using the comments facility below.