This seemingly low-level detail is used for real impact in systems. For example, Netflix takes into account this discrepancy in the access throughput across inner and outer tracks in their content distribution appliances.

Source: 'Netflix: Streaming Entertainment to 200 Million Members Around the World' keynote from FAST 2021

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