SuperDrive vs. Remote Disc and some music management decisions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Blackened Apple, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone, I'll be getting a Macbook Air someday soon, and I'm wondering if it's worth it to get the SuperDrive, or if Remote Disc is satisfactory.

    I have a large music collection on CD that I have been ripping using iTunes, for the past 5-6 years or so, since I got a 5th gen 60 GB iPod, that totals around 60 GB of 128 kbps mp3s.

    I intend to re-rip the entire collection to a lossless format, probably ALAC, for archival purposes, I have a 1 TB USB 3.0 external HDD to keep it in. For regular listening, I'll probably use iTunes Match, if it's good enough. If it's not, I'll just convert a portion of my library into 256/320 kbps AACs. I wish Apple would release a larger capacity iPod Touch... What other high-capacity music players are available right now?

    Would I be able to do this using some other PC's optical drive, or is the SuperDrive my best bet? And what other third party external optical drives are also good options?

    Cheers
     
  2. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone?
     
  3. macrumors G4

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    This article may be helpful:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287

    Remote Sharing does not support audio CDs or DVD movies. I believe it was primarily to enable installation of CD-based software. Apple doesn't even mention it anymore on the product pages.

    For your needs, you might be better off getting an external CD drive. Just about any should work. It doesn't need to be Apple's.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    How does the remote stuff work?
     
  5. Alameda, Jun 29, 2012
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    macrumors 6502

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    To use the remote stuff, you put the CD or DVD in another Mac, enable CD Sharing in Network Sharing Preferences, and it's available to the MacBook Air over the network. I used it to install iWork yesterday. Works great.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, thank you. Was completely unaware of that...

    Well, what external optical drive do you recommend? Is the SuperDrive long lasting and reliable, good quality for its price, or am I better off getting something else?
     
  7. macrumors G4

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    I have the Apple version that I purchased with my original MacBook Air in February 2008. It still works well, though I don't use it much anymore. It's $79, and works only with Macs that don't have optical drives (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and Mac Mini). A third-party drive would have the advantage of working with any Mac or Windows PC.
     
  8. macrumors 603

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    I use a $20 DVD writer from Newegg with my 2011MBA. It's worked fine the few times I've needed it. I see no point in spending the $$$ on the Apple version unless you might be using it a *LOT*.
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    If you have another computer with a DVD drive, you could just use that computer to rip the CDs to your external.
     

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