Mac App Store = Planned Death of Optical Drives in Laptops?

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  1. netdog
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    I think so. I expect that we'll see the next line of MBPs (with the possible exception of the 17") drop the optical drive as applications will be available to a large degree for download from a centralized source.
     
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    That's a good point, it makes perfect sense! Hopefully you're right ;)
     
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    My use of CD/DVD format has dropped to the point where I'm sure a single external CD/DVD unit would serve the whole office of 100 people. Takes up an incredible amount of space in the computer, so good riddance.
     
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    Haven't used my optical drive since i got this machine over a year ago. My laptop before that went 3 years without using the optical drive for anything more than installing Office 2008 once.

    App store negates the need for a optical drive other than perhaps some locked to dvd games which i tend to avoid now.
     
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    Should be fun downloading the full 50 GB Logic Studio 9. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have the external superdrive for my Air; I only use it to reinstall apps when I do a wipe & reinstall. Otherwise, physical media is so last century.
     
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    I don't think optical drives will go anywhere soon. There are certain softwares that you can't download due to size. (EastWest sample packs come to mind...)

    Honestly though for laptops I think it would be a great tradeoff for most people. Ditch the optical drive and add battery life. External dvd drives can always be bought for fairly cheap. I know if it happened though you'll see all kinds of posts on Mac Rumors like "APPLE HATES US I NEED MY DVD DRIVE" and the usual "APPLE DOESNT CARE ABOUT PRO USERS" crap :rolleyes:
     
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    A real pro user would benefit more from a second internal drive or from faster components than from a 8x DVD drive ;)
     
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    What's a "real pro user"?

    Won't it all depend on which field they are working in?
     
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    Of course it does but if you need to burn a lot DVDs for your work, you should anyway use an external burner as they are much faster. I doubt that DVDs are used that much anymore by professionals, USB sticks and memory cards offer greater capacities and are faster.
     
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    lol, there is nothing you can't download. its all about getting a prober isp.
    I pay $16/month for 15/15, what i get is more like 30/70
     
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    CDs are still used a lot in the recording industry.

    The only problem I see with Apple dropping the optical drive in their laptops is Apple. They are much more likely to add even more "thinness" as a new feature rather than the option of a second hard drive or extra battery.
     
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    You are in Europe though, the U.S. has ****** slow internet speeds : / The fastest I can get in my area is 5mb download, 450k upload but it never actually gets anywhere near those speeds :( Thats $45 a month.
     
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    Your lucky. I can only get 1.5mb. Fast enough to not be totally useless, but I don't look forward to downloading things.
     
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    jebus!
    15/15 is the slowest I can get, that is not mobile.
    friend of mine has 90/90
     
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    It would be nice if the ISPs didn't cap your service. i much prefer DVDs for software since it gives me at least a backup to start over if necessary. Downloading a large application at 3mbs is going to take quite a while and your ISP isn't going to be happy about it; you might get throttled as well.
     
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    Excellent point, although I do think physical media is being faded out. I think it's much easier to stream/download a film rather than buy a physical DVD and have to physically store it somewhere. But issues like bandwidth caps certainly don't help.
     

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