The story this week from Plastics News' Jim Johnson that Sony is halting manufacturing of polycarbonate data discs for audio, video and gaming in the U.S. and consolidating it in Austria got me to thinking: When is the last time I actually interacted with any kind of a disc?
I typically stream music or listen to the radio (the actual over-the-air radio), I stream movies and TV shows and outside of the daily Wordle puzzle (an obsession I share with the rest of the internet, apparently) am not really a game person.
After some thought, I recalled the drive I took last summer where it was hard to pick up radio signals or data for streaming, and I switched instead to listening to CDs.
I still own a lot of CDs, along with some DVDs and BluRay discs, but probably spend more time dusting them than using them.
But still, the impact of actually buying and holding a physical object retains its strong appeal. I can remember the first CD I purchased (by Peter Gabriel in the mid-1980s). Through working with musicians as a volunteer at a music venue, I know how much buying an actual CD or vinyl album benefits them financially, especially compared with the pennies they get from streaming services.
So I'll probably still occasionally buy and listen to discs, but even as a fan of those items, I can certainly understand Sony's decision.