My inclination is to say that this is probably true. You're not actually accessing a CD or DVD; you're accessing a network drive that happens to contain the contents of a CD or DVD. The code for ripping stuff from disc is probably going to want to talk directly to the drive, not as if it were a network drive. That means no ripping, no watching DVDs, and probably no burning files to a remote CD or DVD burner.Is it true that you can't import music with remote disc on the MacBook Air?
Well, you could always install iTunes on your Windows PC, rip your songs there, and then WiFi them over to your MBA. Remember: If you have Remote Disc, that means your MBA and your remote machine both have WiFi. So copying files over once they've been ripped should be easy as cake. (Piece of pie? You know what I mean.)Hmm...that's kind of a bummer. Although I could move files from computers using an external hard drive, I would have to format it for windows as my other computer is a pc running xp.
Anybody see other solutions?
You will need to create a shared folder on your PC, which the Mac can connect to (in Finder, I think it's Tools > Connect to Server). Then you just put the files in that folder, connect to the folder from your Mac, and copy the files. Or you can turn on File Sharing on your Mac and use the Windows PC to copy the files to your Mac. Once the files are on the Mac, you just import them into iTunes.Sorry, it's early and I may be missing the painfully obvious (also the MBA will be my first mac). If I rip cds with itunes on my windows machine, how do I "wifi" the files over to the macbook air?
IIt wont do anything that iTunes can sell you.
Isn't that part of the idea in removing the optical drive? I'm sure Apple sees this as a way to push more people toward buying their music and movies via iTunes. Not really a bad thing in my opinion from a business perspective.
A hardware reason, no. A software reason, yes.I doubt there is any hardware reason why you can't run a dvd remotely or rip a cd - after all I have streamed DVD quality movies from my networked hard disk without a problem.
A hardware reason, no. A software reason, yes.
The DVD Player application and iTunes both expect to be able to talk directly to the DVD or CD drive; when you connect to a DVD or CD drive across a network, it becomes a network drive and that's a whole other way of accessing the data. This is why DVD Player won't let you play a DVD from a shared DVD drive, and why iTunes won't rip music from a CD in a shared CD drive.
Yes, and the backup software in that case doesn't mind that it's writing to a network device, because it's designed to allow for that possibility.I don't buy this. You can get network mountable CD drives for backup purposes. If it was a software problem, apple are also a software company and can correct it.
Yeah, but this is a brand new piece of software that does this kind of miraculous uber-cool thing and you are complaining cause it doesn't do the one thing you want. Your expectations are a little ahead of reality here.I don't buy this. You can get network mountable CD drives for backup purposes. If it was a software problem, apple are also a software company and can correct it.
Yeah, but this is a brand new piece of software that does this kind of miraculous uber-cool thing and you are complaining cause it doesn't do the one thing you want. Your expectations are a little ahead of reality here.
Excuse me, but what is so brand new, miraculous and uber-cool about this? As far as I can tell, the only thing new to it is remote booting (which only works for booting OS X, and is kind of a self-inflicted problem on the MBA). For the rest Remote Disc doesn't appear to do anything that a standard network shared DVD drive doesn't. And I don't even need to install a 40MB package and click permission dialogs all the time for that. On Windows, I just right-click the drive, choose Sharing and Security -> Share this drive. I don't have my Mac here right now, but I'm sure OS X can do this out of the box too.Yeah, but this is a brand new piece of software that does this kind of miraculous uber-cool thing and you are complaining cause it doesn't do the one thing you want. Your expectations are a little ahead of reality here.
There is a shareware app (can't think of the name right now) for Mac that will allow you to transfer the music from your iPod to a new computer. So you could sync your iPod (assuming you have one) to your Windows iTunes and then plug your iPod into the Mac. Using that software you can copy all the music from the Pod to the Mac. It only takes as long as a regular sync and is a two click operation.
When trying to play DVD using remote disk, have you tried opening the remote disk folder and dragging the TS files from the folder to DVD player? I have movies that I play from Airdisk using this technique. They work perfectly.