Quellipsis (hands down the best blog on puncuation) has an interesting post up on the death of physical media. Certainly the move to online databases accessible from multiple devices will only hasten the elimination of physical media (which is pretty much just wasteful at this point).
So where do I think we stand on physical media?
Newspapers: Pretty much dead.
Magazines: Shakey, but OK for now. We need iPad-like devices to really recreate and enrich the magazine format. Like this:
Books: On the way out. We need a killer eBook device, but it’s on the horizon. Children’s books and small runs of physical books will always be viable though. I hope (what if we lose all electricity?).
Music: Dead. Who buys CDs anymore? Why?
Movies: Still viable—especially the mail rental market. Files are too big to store electronically. No pipe or distribution model in place to stream a vast library of content at 1080p. Infrastructure in the US would probably need some big improvements before we move to a purely digital model.
What am I missing? Go check out what Quellipsis has to say about the death of physical media. Certainly thought-provoking and he has a kick-ass image for the post.