Is the disc still necessary?
Maybe I should ask whether that is a question you guys (the editorial staff) revisit on a regular basis.
On the one hand, it may drive sales (?).
On the other, broadband penetration may have reached the point that most people are willing to download software trials rather than have them provided on disc. Yesterday, I downloaded nVidia's latest driver package .. over 100MB .. in a couple of minutes. The contents of a CD would download in less than half an hour for most people. Given that most content is (apparently) recycled month-to-month, is it still an effective vehicle for content?
I stopped buying the magazine on the stands because the price with CD is quite high and I don't need the CD. If the CD were removed and the price dropped, I'd be more likely to make an impulse buy when I see a new mag on the shelf.
Mostly, though, I'm curious to know whether this is something you guys discuss and whether you're willing to share the rationale with us.
Haven't read the thread yet, but just wanted to comment. Jip you and I are "lucky" in that we live in civilization. There are still lots of places that aren't all that "remote" that don't have proper high speed access.
Also, there is a subscription option without the disc, IIRC.