The point of minimalism is to make things simpler, not to eliminate fundamental and necessary features like a DVD drive. The point is to reduce things to the bare minimum, not go below the minimum. When the original iMac removed the floppy drive, everyone panicked, but it still had a CD drive in it. At that point in time, few people ever used floppies anymore, anyway. But in the case of the removal of the DVD from the Mac Mini, it's very different because CDs and DVDs are still commonly used on a daily basis by most people. When you buy most software it comes on DVD. A lot of software asks for the installation DVD to be inserted to verify ownership (such as Digital Performer or Reason, which my friend purchased his Mac Mini in order to use, because he could not afford a more expensive Mac). DVDs are also by far the cheapest and easiest way to backup large sets of data or save them in a format that can be sent to someone in the mail. Many people do not have the ability to cheaply transmit 4GB or 8GB files to one another via any other means. Most places that scan film or burn memory cards to disk provide the results on DVD. It's wrong of Apple to inflict its will upon us by forcing people to buy a computer without a DVD. My friend wanted to buy a Mac because our band records using Digital Performer, which is only on Mac. But he also needs to run Windows due to his work. He only had $800, so he chose the Mac Mini because that is the only option that Apple offers if you have less than $800. So my friend was essentially given no option but to buy a Mac with no DVD drive, and not because Apple couldn't afford to put a DVD drive in the computer, but because Apple wants to inflict its vision of the future on the rest of us who are living in the present. Apple wants to force us to use online software, music, and movie distribution because Apple makes more money when we do that. So Apple then removes the DVD drive as an option, which is a terrible thing to do to your users who cannot afford an iMac or MacBook Pro. Terrible! "Just buy an external DVD drive," you might say. There is no way to launch Reason or Digital Performer on his Mac Mini without the external DVD drive. Trying to install Windows 7 on boot camp has resulted in forcing the purchase of a USB stick and external DVD drive, AND it resulted in the reformatting of my hard drive due to this bug in Boot Camp Assistant 4.0.1 that I detail in this thread on Apple's Discussions site. I have now lost important data (not very much, since most of it was backed up, but still, it is incredibly inconvenient, and I could easily have been much less fortunate). In that thread I also posted links to many other posts where people are having a heck of a time getting Windows to install, since it forces you to use an external USB volume that it reformats and uses to create a weird Windows 7 install volume from an ISO disk image that you must provide. Apple provides no instructions on how to obtain this ISO image and it proves to be a heck of a complex task. I am very saddened by the direction that Apple is taking. The worst part is that that thread is about the fifth or sixth bug report I've had to write about Lion in less than one day of using it. I am under the very strong impression that Lion is by far the worst Mac system release ever, and I have been through them all going back to System 4 on the 512ke. I feel like many Mac users are so defensive about any negative criticism regarding the Mac that the initial response this thread will inevitably get is, "You are wrong," "You must be doing it wrong," "There must be something wrong with your Mac," "Lion is perfect," etc. But the sad fact is that tons of problems exist and as long as we users keep blindly waving the flag then Apple will not correct its course. So far I have yet to find one single redeeming feature in Lion that is something that I as a user would actually want, coming from Snow Leopard. Meanwhile I have seen bug after bug, along with several worthless modifications to existing features that essentially broke them. None of the new features I've seen are any kind of "upgrade;" mostly they are gimping of existing features or entire removal of them. The addition of gestures is no excuse for a point-upgrade. "Full-screen" apps have existed since the Apple II. The encryption features are cool but how many people use that? I have heard from many people that they have had the same experience and are very sick of it. I was hoping that all the bad stories I'd heard about Lion were wrong, but now I have found out that it's actually worse than I could have possibly imagined. I wonder how Apple intends to fix this? I have also sent this message to Apple.