Are DVD's Dinosaurs?

dvdI'm curious - the "industry bigwigs" like Apple and other companies are betting that the DVD has basically had it. But judging from my own sales, a lot of people still appreciate being able to purchase a physical DVD. I've always offered DVDs, plus a pure download option, which works very well for people who have good computers, fast internet access, and want to save a few dollars, and rather spend it in video games for their computers or overwatch boosting for these games.

I'm considering a third option now, and I'd really appreciate your opinion.

My new course is going to be about a 25 GIGABYTE download, broken up, of course, in multiple chunks, but nevertheless, this is indeed a HUGE chunk of bandwidth for the average home internet account.

I'm considering offering the course on a 32GB USB stick. You'd get all the course videos in 720p high definition (DVDs are standard definition, which is poor quality by comparison). Many TV's these days can handle USB sticks directly, and of course, it would work on any computer or tablet that has a USB port. You wouldn't have to download the huge files, and another added benefit would be that you'd have an easy place to store the course that would not take up space on your computer. You'd also get a hard copy of the course book.

The USB stick option would cost about the same as the DVD option, though both of those would be a bit more than a straight download-only option.

So, assuming DVD+Book cost the same as USB+Book, and Download Only was a little bit cheaper, which would you choose?

18 Responses to “Are DVD's Dinosaurs?”

  1. Malcolm November 20, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    DVDs are not as good as dead
    They are very much alive.
    Downloading lessons and other information from the internet may be more convenient in certain circumstances but not always.

  2. GUY REDDOOR November 20, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    DVD, yes! DVD is the easiest way to get to a specific lesson, lick. Or passage that you want to work on.

  3. Tom November 20, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    DVD's are not yet dead, but 32 GB thumb drives have 5x the capacity, are much more convenient to carry around, are not limited to a computer with a DVD drive, etc., etc...

  4. Richard November 20, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Jonathan, your foot an option for dvd, and or USB stick. The real essence is the ability to access your course in the future. With the introduction of the MS 1000 year lifespan disc, customers can archive your lessons without fear of loss in five years as for typical dvd. Uses are good to send and are portable, get lost and stolen. I will always prefer the disc and book and archive it to Mr disc for safety.
    Keep up good work!

  5. Jimmy November 20, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    DVD's are still being made and they even make Blu Ray Discs.
    The DVD is here to stay.

  6. Paul November 20, 2014 at 5:47 am #


  7. Roger November 20, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    Hi Jonathan, I'm exotic. The shippment is too expensive to switzerland, therefor I prefere download. But if I don't have to pay shippment-cost, I'd prefere DVD with documentation.

  8. Don Tittle November 20, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    DVD all the way. I don't need or want anything else!

  9. Scott Dawson November 20, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    I'll buy when you make the USB available as I often watch television while i practice .i could easily plug the USB into my flat screen and benefit from your wisdom without having to practice in front of my computer or take up space on my hard drive.
    I have a good DVD player but everyone these days has USB capable devices.

  10. Jonathan Boettcher November 20, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Excellent - thanks everyone for your feedback... I wrote the title of this a little tongue-in-cheek, because I know very well many people are still using DVDs and will appreciate them for a long while. My main interest is really in finding out if there is interest in a pre-loaded USB option. Never fear, I will continue offering DVDs for quite some time to come!

  11. Dave November 20, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    For me I use mainly USB sticks for my practice files be it MP3 or scores especially before heading into a studio to do a session. This gives me the flexibility to use a tablet to read my parts, a laptop, google TV or even the TV. I have ticked the download option though as depending on the costs of shipping of a stick to the UK I would be happy to simply download 25Gb of a couple of hours. Rather than pay a lot more and have to wait weeks for the items to arrive and then pay customs for the pleasure.

    Once in the studio I can usually still use the score from my tablet while recording as it is silent so nothing is picked up by mics if I am singing or induced into the guitar from emc radiated from the device.

  12. Heidi November 20, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    My First choice would be DVD, to provide the most options for viewing, plus the larger screen that a TV would typically provide. Also, downloads can have "issues" re: software to view them, and that's assuming you've got the download speed and hard drive space to handle the download in the first place.

    If DVD not available, the USB drive is a cool-sounding option that I would definitely go for. Thanks for thinking "outside the box"! 😀 Keep up all the great stuff! 😀

  13. Angie November 20, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    DVD still in use here and will be for some time .

  14. Paul November 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    The reason I voted for DVD's, is I can copy them on my own stick and keep the Disks on the shelf in case the stick craps out. Then, I grab the disks and do it again.

    • Jonathan Boettcher November 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      True, but a note on that - ripping from the DVDs gives you Standard Definition files, which are fine. If you buy the DVD version of any of my courses, you'll also get the option to download included in there... I'd recommend using the DVDs as backups for the shelf then, and downloading the HD files for use on the computer as they are about twice the quality.

  15. Peter November 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Anything that's 720p or higher resolution would suffice. It's visibly comfortable to view in HD. I will go for the USB stick format, and I like the idea.
    Great thinking!!

  16. Farley Fox November 21, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    CD ROM , DVD, Blue ray et al. are technologies on life support. When they first came out twenty years ago or so they were touted as being good for one hundred year storage. Data on them is starting to corrupt in as soon as ten years. When you throw in all the players cases shelf space, wires and cables, they are really starting to get somewhat cumbersome and a bit long in the tooth.

  17. Peter August 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    I like the USB drive option, but given that I'd be paying shipping to Australia, and I have unlimited internet, I'd take the 25G download even though it would take quite a while.

    As for DVD, we don't have a dedicated DVD player anymore and only one computer with a DVD drive. Add on the hassles of region encoding (although I assume your discs are region free) and DVD is dead to me 😉

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