Jubei writes "I never imagined that it would come to this but here I am. I havent burned a single disc in over 8 months, I fear that if I press the eject button on my DVD-RW I will find new life forms on the tray. I was browsing "all programs" on my start menu today and I saw an entry "nero" and thought to myself: "Gosh... how long has it been since I ran this?". The truth is that in the upcoming broadband era we dont need optical media. I for one satisfy all my needs via downloads. Movies, Games, Manuals for my Digital Camera. After I see it I just delete it. Yes, even the 41GB HD movie that I downloaded is gone from my drive as soon as I see it. You see in Japan, the internet is incredibly fast. I have a fiber optic connection at home for a measly 5,5 EUR(8,2 USD). With these download speeds you dont need storage. If I need something I can download it within minutes so why store it? So I wonder. When other countries reach Japan's level of broadband (might take a while), will this mean the end of optical media/drives companies and cdburning software companies?"