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Blame Tablets for Everything (including Slumping HDD Sales)

Blame Tablets for Everything (including Slumping HDD Sales)

What's that you say, there's a weakening in demand for PCs? Blame it on the tablets! Netbook sales are slowing down too? Darn you, iPad! Slumping hard drive sales? It has to be due to slates and their oh-so-fancy solid state storage! Suffering from jock itch? TMI dude, and for the record, that's one thing you can't blame on tablets; we should have stopped at hard drives.

That's right, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli, the emerging tablet market is even having an impact on hard disk drive (HDD) sales. Not that you should feel sorry for HDD makers. IHS iSuppli says revenue for computer HDDs is projected to reach $28.1 billion in 2011, which is 4.1 higher than the $27 billion in 2010, but less than the 7 percent growth rate that took place last year. In other words, revenue for computer HDDs continues to climb, just not by as much if it weren't for those meddling tablets.


"The hegemony of PCs has been usurped as consumers increasingly use tablet devices and smart phones to browse the Internet, download and stream video and share content," said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS. "Tablets in particular are gobbling up consumer dollars originally intended for notebook and netbook computers. And because tablets use flash memory for data storage, rather than HDDs, this has translated into lost sales for the hard drive industry."

It wouldn't be fair to blame it all on tablets, though. Flash memory and SSDs have started showing up in other devices, including netbooks, a trend quite frankly we hope to see continue.
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This is exactly what I was talking about a little while ago. People are getting smart phones and slate units for regular internet duty when that used to be the sole area of desktops, then laptops, then netbooks, now the aforesaid devices. The thing is though it moves much faster and will be more all inclusively separate very shortly. Google announced there plans today for commerce on smart phone (IE credit card etc in your phone). Soon it will be your wallet completely when you can have a card that is equal to you ID/SS/BC/DL if you want it to be so. No everyone will not have it, but in a metropolitan area (which happens to be the largest population areas in the US by far as a stationary location) will use them on a much wider spectrum I bet. So they will loose some in one area and gain it in another. I remember (not very long ago) people though laptops would put an end to desktops, but the did not, then netbooks were to be the same for laptops etc. We each like or can use a certain type of device better, or at least have a normal need for it's functionality. This super combined device though is going to be much more widely used I think in the very near future. On top of it you can also get coupons, special offers etc from local retail establishments of any kind on one of Google's new smart phones. Bet you money there are some very lucrative patents in there to.

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Could it be that after several years of 1TB+ hard drives that our space requirements have been pretty well satisfied and we no longer require frequent HD upgrades? I shoot/edit a lot of video/photos and store lots of music files yet can still archive (just barely) everything on a single 500GB drive. I'll use several large drives for storing project media, but I am not near maxing out w/ 2 1TB+ drives. Most people are not ripping monster Blu-Ray collections, so their storage needs are satisfied at well under 1TB. I suspect consumers have reached critical mass.

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TacoJohn74:
Most people are not ripping monster Blu-Ray collections

Welcome to HotHardware,......

You're right about Ripping Blu-Rays,......I want the original Disk when it comes to BD movies. I can't afford them except for the cheaper ones at Wally-World, but I'm slowly building a collection of them.

I do use more storage than you do in my PC's, probably about 1.5TB per PC at this point, but I'm spoiled. Smile

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thanks for making that point so i dont have too :)

welcome to HH

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TacoJohn74:
Could it be that after several years of 1TB+ hard drives that our space requirements have been pretty well satisfied and we no longer require frequent HD upgrades? I shoot/edit a lot of video/photos and store lots of music files yet can still archive (just barely) everything on a single 500GB drive. I'll use several large drives for storing project media, but I am not near maxing out w/ 2 1TB+ drives. Most people are not ripping monster Blu-Ray collections, so their storage needs are satisfied at well under 1TB. I suspect consumers have reached critical mass.

I tend to disagree. I mostly use up alot of space and even though I'm barely filling up my 1TB drive; I fear that I'm going to come very close to the limit.

Also my 500GB external drive is totally near the limit due to the amount of large files I have stored on there (this is after I went in there and deleted files I don't neeed/use anymore.) So I say hey, you can never have enough space.

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Hmm... In that case, they should blame the tablet for everything:

Slumping Music sales, dvd sales, monitor sales, keyboard/mice sales, speaker sales, porn.... haha. Anything that has declined even by the slightest should be blamed on tablets...

My comment is just a waste of digital space!

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