DVDs will be obsolete in 10 years: Bill Gates


This is pretty funny…

DVDs will be obsolete in 10 years at the latest, Microsoft boss and founder Bill Gates predicted.

Asked what home entertainment would like in the future, Gates said that DVD technology would be “obsolete in 10 years at the latest. If you consider that nowadays we have to carry around film and music on little silver discs and stick them in the computer, it’s ridiculous,” Gates said in comments reproduced in German in the mass-circulation daily Bild.

“These things can scratch or simply get lost.”

Gates’ vision of television of the future was: “TV that will simply show what we want to see, when we want to see it. When we get home, the home computer will know who we are from our voice or our face. It will know what we want to watch, our favourite programmes, or what the kids shouldn’t be allowed to see.”


Bill Gates hasn’t had an original thought in years.

He is completely missing the fact that people like packaging.  They like to hold the CD/DVD in their hands and read the liner notes.  They absolutely love DVD extras.  Most people do not stick their CD/DVDs in their computer.  They put them in their Home Theater System or listen to the music in their car.

Someday, in the far future, there might be houses and apartments with central computers monitoring everything going on in the apartment, but its just way too expensive and unwieldy for Joe Average American to consider.  CDs, DVDs and TiVo type devices are all good enough right now. iPods and other portable digital devices are lots of fun for commuters, college students and athletes, but they are not mainstream yet.  Wait until the cost comes down to $40 for a 10G iPod type device and then everyone will have one and that won’t happen for about ten years.

Bill, just go back to copying the Mac OS and shut up about the future of media. You have no idea what the hell you are talking about.