I am yet another former long-term magazine subscriber, but I agree that the discs were pretty much pointless, and the magazine is better off without them. For any long-term subscriber, you tend to notice patters with publications; the same round of articles in a yearly cycle; it's not just a maximum PC thing.
In my case, I moved and intended to re-subscribe, but money has been tight since my wife cant' find a job now, and I never really got around to it. If I had a tablet, I'd probably subscribe to the magazine on it, but since I don't have money to throw towards computer upgrades any more, it has sort of dropped down on my priority list. I do still listen to the podcasts; pretty much at this point because I have been doing it for so long that I feel that Gordon is a friend that I visit every few weeks on my MP3 player.
Good luck to the magazine staff. Hopefully I'll be back at some point in the future.