NAND Flash Makers Reducing Production to Prevent Further Price Drops

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vrmlbasic

If NAND prices were so low, how come SSD pricing was (and is) so high?

Why are decent USB 3.0 (they need some enforced standards for USB 3.0 badging) drives so pricey when their core components are now cheaper than dirt?

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John Pombrio

Thumb drives are getting ridiculously cheap. 32GB USB 2 for around $20? Pretty soon software will come on thumb drives instead of a CD or DVD, it will be cheaper.

As for SSD drives, I own 5 240GB Samsung drives, 4 Evos at $130/each in the past month from Hugo Beauty of all places. That should last me for a bit.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Lets see....

Bulk DVD's are from around 3 to 15 cents each...

and WHEN do you believe thumbdrives will be cheaper????

When DVD's are 10 for a penny?

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John Pombrio

The MEDIA may never be cheaper between a USB drive and a cheap circle of plastic, but when you add in the costs of several disks, having them professionally made, printed, sleeved, etc, it may be a tossup. Also, the customer hassle of swapping a bunch of disks around in order to install them, a thumb drive is more attractive. Optical drives are getting optional in a lot of gear these days while USB ports are well supported.

I have already seen one company do this which is why I brought it up.

http://www.woodstore.net/cowomacoondv.html

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Goolashe

You're forgetting that Blu-Ray adoption is constantly increasing, and those have a capacity of 50GB (and in some cases 100GB) vs DVD's max 8.5GB with DL discs, and Sony has already been experimenting with pushing Blu-Ray to 500GB. If anything, software distribution is moving entirely to the cloud before it goes to a flash drive.

That one website you provided as an example is for an entire magazine collection that they charge a few cents under $150 for, so you bet I want more than just a bunch of DVDs. The flash drive itself is also for pure novelty, since it's a magazine about wood, and the flash drive has a wood patterned case (if it's not actual wood).

So yes, you'll see flash drives used in some rare cases for a novelty aspect when purchasing something that costs a fair amount of money, especially when that item has a lot of data. But general consumer software? No, things will just move to the cloud. Even Norton doesn't come on disc anymore. When you buy it in the store it's just a little card inside the DVD case that tells you to go download it from their site.

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erriwin

Well, lets see indeed:

Bulk 8GB flash drives can be had for around 1.50 a pop, which means the companies that make them are doing so for about 50 cents. Which means if a big company decided to put software on one, they'd pay less than a dollar a pop in bulk. Plus, they will only continue to become cheaper.

Sure, its not as cheap as a DVD, but its a lot easier to work with. Also, since DVD drives are slowly not being built into laptops whilst USB is, it could be a smart alternative

Personally, I've been hoping they'd do this for years with everything from movies, music, and software - longer lasting, not prone to damage like DVDs, that scratch when you look at them wrong. However, it would be much easier to copy and share things in a flash-style format, so it might not ever happen :(

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Oh sure, ya can't put squat on a DVD and they are harder to work with and not as popular as thumbdrives, but lets face it.....

The original post that started this discussion was about how thumbdrives will be cheaper for distribution than DVD's and I do not believe that will be the case even if DVD's become despised by all of humanity and outlawed in every Country

I think DVD's will continue to have a price advantage over thumbdrives untill such time as there is only 1 blank DVD left in a museum someplace

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d3v

DVDs are write only so there is less chance that someone malicious changed your software enroute to your customers.

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neo912

Is there any particular reason you had to respond like a jerk?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

It was a serious question...

When do YOU believe Thumbdrives will be cheaper than DVD's?

again, another serious question, or is everyone who asks a serious question around here a jerk by your definition?

JERK

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The Mac

Because he always does...

nothing to see here...

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Engelsstaub

As a jerk myself my perspective differs from the other jerk's: DVDs are a PitA and the paltry savings aren't worth the hassle anymore. The only writeable optical media I use anymore is BD-Rs. If I'm going to dick around putting stuff on a disc it had better have more than DVD capacity or it's a waste of time.

The only thing I use DVDs for anymore is to author DVD-As of "hi-res" music like vinyl transfers that I don't feel like resampling/dithering to Redbook CD spec. (...but that's only because I have a special DVD player that handles that. Whenever I get around to setting up a music server it may find a new home in my closet.)

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The Mac

agreed, you cant put squat on a dvd.

Neither of you two come close to Nimrod for pure jerkyness. That guy is a serious asshat.

lol

I haven't seen him around in a while...He and Holy Golightly must be hanging out somewhere.

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Engelsstaub

I think HG disappeared but I see Nimrod post every once in a while. Not as much as he did on Thomas McDonald's article a while back demanding he change his opinion haha.

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The Mac

I kinda miss Holly, she was fun to tool on.