The 2010 minis were the last with a built-in optical drive. Any mini can use an external optical drive.What is the latest model of the Mini to still have an optical drive and does it also have Gbps Ethernet? And the final question, what is the latest version of OSX that would run on said Mini?
I suspect the initial projected lifespans were rated for pressed (masses produced) disks, not burned as we are so used to, know.I do use mine to load (and save) any material that comes on CD (as a teacher, quite a bit), and still do watch DVDs occasionally. However, as a storage medium, CDs and DVDs do seem to be a bit wanting. They certainly don't have the multiple decades long life that was touted when they first came out, without even considering scripting and general wear and tear. With CD-R and DVD-R you are lucky to get 10 years . 5 years is more like it.
People don't know. The only proper format to hold movies in HD at the moment is BR. Netflix, iTunes, nothing comes close, especially when you are butthead and playing it back on a 60fps ATV.I really get a kick how people say discs are dead or whatever given that CDs, DVDs and Blu Ray sales continue along side of streaming etc.