VHS Tapes and CDs Take Final Bows...No Encore.


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This holiday season will hopefully be the last for two dated technologies, with greener versions taking their places as rulers of the digital land.

VHS tapes and CDs are on the decline, indeed with the last major VHS supplier closing its doors, and both will soon be kaput. For the majority of us, VHS tapes are something still hanging around the house just because we haven't bothered to (or needed to) replace the movie with a DVD version. But we all most likely haven't actually purchased a VHS in a very, very long time.

"It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt," Distribution Video Audio co-owner Ryan Kugler told the L.A. Times. "I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I'm done. Anything left in the warehouse we'll just give away or throw away."

Well, hopefully not throw away. With luck, they'll recycle or reuse what they can. With luck...

And this means the DVD or digital versions of movies have taken over. Our preference, of course, is for the digital download over the DVD, since they have smaller footprints. The same is true with CDs.

CD sales have declined steadily in favor of digital music, something which requires no packaging whatsoever. And research firm Gartner is giving the music industry the recommendation to ditch CDs altogether at the end of the season.

"By propping up the CD business, rather than fully investing in online distribution alternatives, the major labels and the larger music industry have neither succeeded in stamping out piracy nor done much to recreate the business models of the old ‘record business'," said Gartner's Mike McGuire. "Music labels should... move CDs to an on-demand publishing mode," he suggested.

It looks like the end of the year will be a little greener if we can ditch a couple old school formats for video and music.

Via Ars Technica and Register Hardware
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Why We Love Downloads
What To Do...with Old CDs?
Ask the EcoGeek: Recycling CDs

Tags: Consumerism | Electronics | Waste

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