Originally Posted by JoeRito
Exactly, optical disk media is still insanely useful, easy to store, long lasting, and universal in its employment. Fact is, Apple wants us married to the App Store and iTunes. Both are excellent sites and are practical, but not everyone agrees with the model that's been set up for online storage and online downloading. Some of us prefer the option to have cheap, local, removable storage for audio and video files... and other files.
Apple makes it really easy to click that buy button on a $1.29 song or $149.00 application rather than waiting on the application in the mail or going to the store to get the application or the CD, but when I have the CD, I have it for life (typically). I still have games I install from the late 1990s on occasion, and I have a strange feeling that many of these will 1) be updated/enhanced in the App Store to not work on obsolete/older hardware and 2)not be available at all.
OS X is a good example that comes to mind. On occasion, a .1 update with OS X breaks an application. With DVDs, you can pop in the media and do a reinstall and get to where you need to be. The older versions of OS X (10.8.0/10.8.1, 10.7.0, etc) are simply not available from the MAS. And for people that use these machines to make their money, that is a real challenge. I think I have about every version of Lion and Mountain Lion archived in a DMG for that reason (I am a data packrat) but for people that don't do that, it can really cause a problem.