Thumbs are a much better recording medium for sure. They are smaller, faster, have thousands of times more capacity, and are more durable and reliable because they have no moving parts. Additionally, they are immune to electromagnetic interference, and are unharmed by surface scratches unlike CDs or DVDs.
Exponentially as fast as tech is innovating today, I'm surprised MS or others haven't presented this much earlier. Old tech really. 16 years old as a matter of fact.
A real good comparison, try creating a system image with Macrium Relfect's recovery disk using a DVD, then use the USB. With the USB you could drink a coffee, with the DVD you could drink coffee, have breakfast, shave, take a shower and then it just might be finishing up
BTW, I still have vinyl which I'll never depart from. Old stuff. You know. Stuff where we amplified distortion and scratches.
True story > I dated a woman whose X was a vinyl junkie. He lived in a mobile home park. He had so much vinyl that the home actually broke in two from the weight.
However > As Paul Harvey put it > In a moment the rest of the story.....
The poor guy ended up getting killed on a sidewalk waiting for a light to change on his bicycle. A young driver didn't notice until the last second that the light had changed red slamming on the brakes and ran over him after losing control of his car. We never know when our number is up.....