If Macs had Blu-ray?

If your Mac had Blu-ray...

  • I would use it all the time!

    Votes: 48 25.8%
  • I might use it occasionally

    Votes: 59 31.7%
  • I wouldent use it but would be glad it is there

    Votes: 19 10.2%
  • I wouldent use it and really dont care

    Votes: 60 32.3%

  • Total voters
    186

MagicMouse

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Feb 8, 2010
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If Macs did have blu-ray, would you honestly use it, or just fall to a sales tactic? Possible brag about it just because it is there?
 

comptr

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Oct 25, 2007
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I would use it all the time as I have 3 blu-ray players and stacks of movies. It would be great since I can bring my movies with me when I travel.
 

paintballswimgu

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Feb 13, 2010
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I have a bluray player already. And netflix with bluray access. So i would probably use it a ton... It would be nice to be able to play some of the blurays i already have as well as rip them to my mac
 

ayeying

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Dec 5, 2007
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I have a bluray external that I originally bought as a replacement for a Superdrive with my MacBook Air... that thing never gets used at all except for installing OSes or Windows or software that I bought.

Currently on the MacBook Pro, I haven't touched the superdrive since installing Windows and TurboTax... I'm tempted to remove it and add another 1TB hard drive for a 2TB raid-0 w/ 2TB external backup after getting my tax refund...
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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i would use it all the time to hire BD movies and rip them into .mkvs for streaming to my ps3 upstairs :D

(i already rip them from my ps3 though so its kinda useless lol)
 

kasakka

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Oct 25, 2008
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I'd rather use my PS3 for BluRay. Even the current DVD drive has only been used a few times to read discs and a few more times to burn a DVD. Based on how little I use it, it might as well be an external device.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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I have little need, or desire to use blu-ray on my laptop. I hardly use the optical drive on it now. I don't see that changing
 

diacritic

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Mar 11, 2010
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I have a late 2008 15" macbook pro with an intel ssd drive and apple care good for another two years. It's faster than my wife's mid-2009 macbook pro. There's no need for me to upgrade to the arrandale for CPU reasons. But if it has blu-ray I will seriously reconsider, but only if it also has HDMI. Otherwise there's no point.
 

niuniu

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I just wouldn't use it. I download HD movies around 4GB in size, in bulk, watch them on the TV and delete them. Always have a constant stream of film downloading, I just can't find a need for physical drives like CD/DVD/BR anymore.. Not saying that's the case for everyone, I know a lot of people do buy discs still.
 

thebeautyisfake

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Mar 4, 2010
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I couldn't care less about Blu-Ray. Until it becomes the standard and knocks DVD off the shelves it just looks like another failed attempt by Sony to bring a new format into the field.
Could be wrong, but then, sony have been wrong more times than I have :p
 

Denarius

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Feb 5, 2008
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I couldn't care less about Blu-Ray. Until it becomes the standard and knocks DVD off the shelves it just looks like another failed attempt by Sony to bring a new format into the field.
Could be wrong, but then, sony have been wrong more times than I have :p
Buying stuff on optical media still has the big benefit that you can't delete it, unlike a file on your hard drive. There've been plenty of posts on these forums saying 'I accidentally deleted a few of my films that I bought on iTunes, how can I get them back' to which nobody ever seemed to provide a good answer. An unwritable optical disc is as good as it gets for something that you will never want to delete. Yes, it's true that all of my CDs have been imported into iTunes, but if my hard drive ever dies all I need to do is get the discs out and reimport them. If I was to import my 200DVDs, estimating an average of 6GB per DVD then I would need over a terrabyte to store them all. Anyone know where I can get a 2TB internal drive for my MacBook Pro? And then we start to think about HD with uncompressed surround sound and suddenly Blu Rays doesn't look like a bad idea after all...
 

thebeautyisfake

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Mar 4, 2010
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Buying stuff on optical media still has the big benefit that you can't delete it, unlike a file on your hard drive. There've been plenty of posts on these forums saying 'I accidentally deleted a few of my films that I bought on iTunes, how can I get them back' to which nobody ever seemed to provide a good answer. An unwritable optical disc is as good as it gets for something that you will never want to delete. Yes, it's true that all of my CDs have been imported into iTunes, but if my hard drive ever dies all I need to do is get the discs out and reimport them. If I was to import my 200DVDs, estimating an average of 6GB per DVD then I would need over a terrabyte to store them all. Anyone know where I can get a 2TB internal drive for my MacBook Pro? And then we start to think about HD with uncompressed surround sound and suddenly Blu Rays doesn't look like a bad idea after all...
The big problem is that a lot of people just don't care about the visual upgrade. I'm happy with standard quality DVDs and can tolerate the upscaling, and so can most consumers.
Blu-ray is only really worth it if you have a huge HDTV with surround sound. VHS to DVD was a big step, DVD to Blu-Ray is a relatively minor one. I remember reading somewhere that the adoption rate for it is smaller than when DVDs were release, but who knows what'll happen!
I agree with your post though, I'm still a big fan of having a physical copy of something. At least you know it's always there when things go wrong.
 

wikoogle

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Jun 12, 2009
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The big problem is that a lot of people just don't care about the visual upgrade.
This poll suggests otherwise. The majority of people would make use of it it seems, many very frequently.


Blu-ray is only really worth it if you have a huge HDTV with surround sound. VHS to DVD was a big step, DVD to Blu-Ray is a relatively minor one. I remember reading somewhere that the adoption rate for it is smaller than when DVDs were release.
So many false statement in that paragraph. What you remember reading is the fact that blu rays are being adopted at a rate almost twice as fast as dvds, and 10 times as fast as VHS.



Or just google it, there's a thousand different news stories comparing blu ray adoption rates to dvd adoption rates. And blu ray sales in the four years since it's been introduced are VASTLY outpacing dvd sales growth their first four years as well.

As for the upgrade not being worth it, decide for yourself. Take a look at this comparison of an upconverted dvd to a blu ray on your MBP and try and convince anyone other than yourself that it's only an insignificant difference. Now why the hell would I fork over good money to buy a dvd if I could instead buy a blu ray version instead? It's not as if they're expensive. I picked up The Dark Knight, Watchmen, Casino Royale, Iron Man, Ratatouille and a few other movies on blu ray for just $6.66 each at Gohastings last weekend!





The comparison screenshots were done by zonadvd here...

http://www.zonadvd.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=736

Read the article too, it's absolutely devastating as to just how much better blu ray is as a format compared to dvd.

Edit: Nermal: There is no longer any reason to thumbnail these images. This page is no longer the default page for the thread (posting has moved on to page 2 and 3). So this page would have very little bandwidth and it will not effect the width of the forum to have the images be posted normally.
 

Nermal

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Blu-ray is currently the sole purpose of my Windows installation. If Apple (or anyone else!) made a player for OS X then I'd be able to dump Windows immediately.
 

wikoogle

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Jun 12, 2009
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I barley ever use my optical drive, only sometimes to watch Movie/TV DVDs.
Are you planning to keep buying movies in the DVD format for the next four years (or however long you plan to keep your laptop). If you are for some weird reason, then yeah it wouldn't matter to you.

But if you ever decide to get a hdtv and a ps3/blu ray player and pickup a bunch of awesome blu rays for $6 at gohastings (and many of us already have), you won't be able to watch them on your laptop, even if you only do it occasionally.

See I would be fine if Apple got rid of the optical disk completely and used it to pack in an extra hdd, a better gpu and a bigger battery.

But if they're going to keep selling them with an optical drive in every MBP (and I believe they will because too much software comes on disks), I would atleast appreciate the option of getting a drive that can play blu rays.
 

DoFoT9

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bluray for $6! Sign me up!
 

Gabriel GR

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Jul 12, 2009
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I wouldn't use it. I prefer watching movies on my big tv and when I am traveling I either read or sleep.

I don't consider optical disks a good backup medium either. So I have a NAS with redundancy.

I'd be happy if they ditched the optical drive all together in favor of cooling, battery or a second HDD slot.