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Battle of The Discs

CD Vs DVD to Digital

CD Vs DVD to Digital – Gone are the days where you would watch your favourite films on VHS, now its all at the click of a button! The CD and DVD formats were the birth of the digital era. Lets see what’s best…

CDs were for banging your favourite tunes on the stereo or in the car And DVDs were for kicking back in front of the video home system after a long day. But what are the differences between the two formats?

In The Beginning

Despite the vast improvement over the Floppy disc, the CD’s storage is still small compared to a DVD. This being said, the CD, or compact disc, has roughly 700 MB of storage amounting to about 1 hour and 15 minutes of audio playback, which is ample time for your favourite playlist. Which, when making a long playlist, may not be sufficient for a large amount of audio but is perfect for something like an album or EP.

However if it’s a particularly long playlist or video footage then a DVD, is a much more viable option. With about 4,700 MB, it has about 7 times the storage that a CD possesses. 

CD and DVD in The 80’s to 90’s

By the late 1980’s CD sales were dominating the market for music mediums. In 1989 sales for the compact disc surpassed the sales of vinyl records. Having a smaller size and far greater ease of use was welcomed with open arms by the public, gone were the days of old formats! Making a great alternative to the vinyl record which was about 6 times its size!

By the 90’s CD sales completely eclipsed that of the vinyl record and the latter began to fall out of the market. Shops like HMV were quick to jump on the trend and cashed in on the new media format.

VHS tapes dominated the movie market until the late 90’s and were the primary format for movies and videos. After its released in 1997, DVD’s quickly began to dominate the movie sales and rentals markets across the globe. The DVD was cheaper, better quality and half the size of the outdated VHS tape. With the rise of high definition Blu-ray discs, the DVD brought HD viewing to the masses.

Looking to create a playlist to play in the car or to upload a small amount of photos? A CD is the best option. Looking to upload a lot of photos, a video or a movie? The larger storage DVD is going to be a much better option.

Do you have old music or video on a CD or DVD? We suggest getting them transferred to from CD or DVD to digital files so they can be safely stored on your laptop or a USB. This also makes it a lot easier to show family, friends and loved ones your treasured memories.