Nerds like to talk about
Nerds like to talk about how copy-protection hardware won’t catch on because the PC players don’t want it. But here’s how it’s gonna proliferate: A $10 storage disc that holds 500MB (the last SmartMedia card I bought held 64MB and cost $75) and enforces copy-protection/rights-management. How long until everyone swtiches over to these things? How long before PC players need to integrate with it?
How can this thing only cost ten bucks? Two possibilities come to mind: One, they’re being sold below cost; or two, earlier generations of removable media were wildly overpriced. Link