Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope

Media may refer to any of the following:

1. More commonly known as data medium, digital media or medium, media is the plural form of medium and describes computer storage. For example, a floppy diskette, CD, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and USB flash drives are all physical media that store data.


See our storage device page for further information and a listing of all media devices.

Is physical media obsolete?

Many of today's computers no longer have physical media disc drives making physical media obsolete. However, USB flash drives and other storage devices are still required and used today. So, all types of physical media are not obsolete, but earlier physical media like floppy diskettes, tape drives, and in many cases, disc drives are obsolete.

2. Media is a term to describe multimedia data. For example, audio and video are examples of storable media stored in a media file. A good example of an audio file is MP3. A good example of a video file is MP4.

3. With a collaboration of data or social sharing of data, this type of media is called social media.

4. When describing an organization or company, "media" or "the media" is responsible for communicating events to a large group of people through the Internet, television, newspaper, or radio.

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