I may not be psychic, but I can tell that in the future, most companies are going to use digital distribution. For example, bookstores aren't going to sell physical books; they'll only sell the ability to download a book.
Actually, will there be bookstores then? Maybe it'll just be a bookstore website. In any case, they've been trying to make this all-digital transition for quite some time now, with the Kindles and the iPads and the cell phones that replace computers.
I prefer to have a physical copy of a book or game or anything I could download. If my computer crashes, and all I have is a downloaded copy of Mega Man 9, I have to pay for the game all over again. But if I have the Mega Man 9 CD, I'm good, even if my computer messes up.
I've had computers crash and lose EVERYTHING I HAVE more than once, you know.
My friend Shawn got one of those super-cool phones, and he was bragging about it in class. "My phone does everything; it can check my email, play music; I love this thing." And I was jealous.
Two days later, he was saying, "Stupid piece of crap! My phone doesn't work!" And I was not jealous anymore.
I would like to get one of those fancy internet phones or minicomputers or whatever you call them, but there are three main reasons why I don't:
1. They cost a lot of money. Like, $600? And I bet dollars to donuts you still have to pay monthly fees for them, so that's even more money.
2. I would never use it, except to watch videos on Youtube and read funny stories on Fanfiction.net. There's no way I'm going to use a phone for, say, typing up these blog entries. Texting is good enough at what it does, but writing on phones does not work so well.
So it's not worth it for me to get an internet phone thingy, even if I kind of want one. What I am thinking about is getting a Nintendo DSi, which is the new Nintendo handheld gaming device. Rumor has it that the DSi has internet access. I'm guessing it's not super-fancy internet access, but if it can access Youtube and Fanfiction.net, that's good enough for me! Plus, there are no monthly fees, AND it costs about $150. It's not a phone, but I don't care; I don't want a phone; I just want a handheld internet device.
Now, I just need to find some way to check if the DSi really will do what I want it to do. Because I hear the iPad has super-great Internet...but it doesn't have flash. And without flash, you can't see Youtube videos. So that means no iPad for me!