No Blu-ray. No buy. Simple as that.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joeshell383, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2006
    I don't need all the fanboys telling me why I don't need BR. Will optical media go away at some point? Likely. Will BR be the last major optical media format? Perhaps. However, BR is set to be a viable standard for years. The bottom line is no BR, no buy.

    1. I want soft and hard backups. Time Machine is good as an interim backup solution, but I'll need to do periodic full backups of my media and other important files to be able to store permanently. DVD doesn't cut it.

    2. I want to be able to burn HD content and read HD media and data from others as they adopt BR.

    3. I'm starting my BR collection in the living room. When I'm packing for travel, I want to be able to take a disc from my living room and throw it in my bag. NOT take my credit card out of my wallet and hand Apple money for a slow-to-download, inferior quality, rental of a MOVIE I ALREADY OWN. Plus, what if I want to lend or sell a movie? What if I want to take it to a friend's house? What if I'm in a rush and can't wait for downloading?

    The fact that Apple is on the BR Board of Directors makes the situation even more embarrassing for Apple. WWDC would have been a great venue to start offering Blu-ray. SL testers could have downloaded a new BR movie playback capable seed to use on their new MBPs with BR, tested BR movie playback over the summer, and helped Apple ready built-in BR movie playback support for the general public with SL in September. All Apple would have needed to do was put an asterisk next to BR in the feature list stating that movie playback support would be offered with the final version of SL.

    It is pathetic. It is past due and it has come to no BR, no buy.
  2. jay1118 macrumors member


    May 28, 2009
    tell us how u really feel......

    dont buy then i guess.
  3. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Ok, enjoy whatever else you buy, simple as that.
  4. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2004
    Hollywood, CA
    Do you have a BR drive as your only optical drive on any other device, such as a PS3 or a PC? I ask because I find the read times of BRD to be terribly slow, at least on my PS3 they are. I'd be very annoyed if I had to deal with those kinds of slow read times on a laptop.

    Anyway, I understand your frustration, but the fact is that optical media is on the way out - fast. At least in the computing world it is.
  5. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    And all the fanboys need you telling them why you're not going to buy???:confused:
  6. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2007
    Indiana, US
    I think optical media is on its way out period. Even in gaming we're seeing a lot more downloadable games than ever before. Portable gaming for sure, thanks to iPhone. Nintendo, known for having poor online functionality, put an online game store on their newest DS, and Sony's newest PSP doesn't even have a disc drive.

    As for the topic-poster, I don't see why you seem pissed. I wasn't under the impression Apple was even contemplating Blu-Ray. It shouldn't come as any surprise that none of the Mac announcements today had anything to do with Blu-Ray.
  7. dmkemick macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2008
    My thoughts exactly.
  8. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    blu-ray has not been as openly adopted by the public. theres no real essential need for it anyways.
  9. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    0.01% of people want to pay extra money for Bluray. So, who cares.
  10. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    boo-hoo no one cares that your not going to buy a computer.

    what exactly was the point of your post?
  11. madog macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
  12. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    I plan on buying the new 15inch mbp and will be buying an external bluray drive. I bought a sony last summer instead of a mac because of the bluray issue. Well, that sony went in for repairs 3 times and was terribly slow with vista. I sold it on ebay a few weeks ago and realized I only used the bluray drive once. So its not that big of a deal. But I will still buy an external one.
  13. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
  14. lhotka macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    It's simple - the non-removable battery is the kicker. Blu-ray drives suck down batteries, and if you can't swap them, you probably can't even watch a complete movie.

    Apple's clearly focused on low-tech, low-end consumers:

    1) Added SD instead of compact flash (consumer versus pro)
    2) Removed expresscard (eliminate eSata capability, as well as fast compact flash card access - USB sucks).
    3) Download movies (low res) versus purchase on media (hi-res).

    Best guess is that we might see blu-ray this fall, but then again, until it's built into the OS (and it's not in 10.6 yet), I wouldn't hold my breath.
  15. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I'm just mad they don't support LASERDISC!

    NO LASERDISC NO BUY! Simple as that.
  16. atombu macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009

    whatever just dont buy,
    whos gonna care you are buying or not? <<< Simple as that.
  17. friareunuch macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    yep. once everyone realizes that everything is just data, we'll all be a lot better off. i predict the format wars will be totally moot by 2012.

    tv/cable/landline/cellular/internet/texting/dvd/bluray/itunes/whatever. i don't see why any of that crap needs to be separate, aside from keeping sony, verizon, twc, et al profit margins artificially inflated.

    just pipe it all in, and keep increasing our bandwidth. kthx.
  18. friareunuch macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    i lol'd
  19. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    If a product doesn't fulfill your needs, don't buy it. You really hit the nail on the head OP.
  20. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I've never seen a more closed-minded bunch of people. You do realize that just about every other laptop manufacturer offers Blu-ray drives on their laptop line.

    Actually, I could configure a dell (or HP) with an SD slot, user-removable 7 hour battery, backlit keyboard, firewire, eSata, and Blu-ray. What apple did today most other makers did a year ago. All Apple did was the minimum to remain competitive.

    I can't believe that anyone would praise them for this. You should all be booing them for doing so little.

    My next laptop is going to have Blu-ray and eSata, and I'll be getting it when USB 3 comes out. If Apple doesn't make a laptop with those specs at that time, I'll get a Dell, which will have a normal DVI port too...

    I can't speak for Snow Leopard, but Leopard vs Win 7 is no comparison, Windows blows OS X out of the water.
  21. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Nothing matches the video quality of blu-ray and it's really tough to match that quality because not everyone has the bandwidth to download large files. The HD movies in iTunes are poor when compared to blu-ray and they don't even include the lossless audio.

    The infrastructure for broadband internet is growing but it won't meet demand for several several years from now. By that time, blu-ray players and movies will have a very large adoption rate.

    Everyone forgets that it took DVD's years to become mainstream and for players and discs to drop in price. Blu-ray on the other hand is on a faster pace of becoming mainstream.

    To the original poster. I use an external blu-ray drive and boot into windows to watch blu-ray movies. For movies that I really enjoy I convert them to mkv and I play them back natively in Boxee in OS X. I convert movies to fit on an 8.5 gb DVD and the quality is very good on the laptop screen, and by burning it to disc you don't have to keep the files on your drive. If you play them on a larger screen you will notice that there is a significant quality drop, but the conversions if done right are still better than what iTunes HD offers. The biggest problem is that the process of doing this is quiet intense until you figure everything out. It may or may not be worth the effort.

    On more of a side note, a lot of vendors are including a digital copy now too.
  22. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Well you can sit here and bitch like you always do, I'll be excited because I can now get EXACTLY what I wanted. Sound like a deal?
  23. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    most new bluray movies come with a digital copy as well.
    As far as bluray not being adopted yet with the general public, i think this holiday season will be big for bluray!

    I dont have one (i bought an HD DVD player for $100 when they were beat by bluray:) ) But I have been looking at the prices of bluray, and i believe it is a combination of bad economy and the technology getting cheaper, that bluray movies are now usually $4 more than their respective SD DVD versions.

    Players are now on sale all the time for mid $200's. By XMAS, they will be $200 for a player.

    It is a trend that digital is the wave of the future. I think that Apple is pushing their iTunes movie store. By putting Bluray on their computers, i think it may hurt them, maybe not...
    RIght now, I think it is a waiting game. MS hasn't adopted BR yet, either. MAybe due to HD-DVD, but i doubt that. IF MS wanted HD-DVD to win out in the "format war", they could've made it be the standard high-def. They aren't afraid to lose money to make money, so to speak. And with a netflix partnership, being able to DL an HD movie from home is alot more appealing than running to a video store (the still remaining ones, sadly).

    ME, i really dont care. Bluray is still expensive, as far as media goes. A single BR disc (blank) is what, $6-8? Archiving, i can see that being worth it, but who would want to risk all their precious digital belongings onto one disc? I have lots of GBs of digital photos (some files are 100MB+) and have them on several mediums. I'd rather deal with DL DVD's right now.
  24. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Get your head out of Apple's @ss. I work at a store thats not even an electorics store and i see plenty of blu ray discs being bought and plenty of blu ray players. Way more than the number of people that probably actually use the apple movie system.
  25. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Now that is what the Macbook Air really needs:D:D:D

    As for blu ray, good luck. As everyone here keeps saying, we are moving away from discs and onto hard drive storage.

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