Superdrive or Blu-Ray?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jefferyd32, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Jefferyd32 macrumors regular

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    Which should i get for a new mac mini? And if I get a blu-ray drive what should I get. I mostly rip movies and music on my mini. I haven't ripped any blue-rays as I didn't have a way to do it, but I could in the future. Thoughts?
     
  2. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    You can get a Blu-ray drive at a very low cost and IMO is a better value than. SuperDrive. I purchased an expensive option going with the LaCie Slim Ultra Portable USD bus powered drive. It has a nice piano black case and is bus powered so I can use it with my portables while mobile. Obviously, a full height drive would be faster for ripping a Blu-ray, but would definitely require external power.
     
  3. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a

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    It depends.

    To be honest I have the feeling Blu-Ray didn't catch up the way DVD did. And in the future surely there will be a successor for whenever 4k HD video becomes mainstream, but then... I think as of lately with the internet speed increasing all the time and netflix and all other services... the future is likely to be the Cloud (we're living it now, but I'm just saying, things have moved slowly over stream/download side rather than pop in a disc).
    If you just wanna watch Blu-Ray (READ) then I think you should go for it, I think last time I checked there were some Blu-Ray R USB drives with DVD-RW capability for around the same price as just DVD-RW.
    But if you think you might wanna burn movies to a Blu-Ray (for instance if you shoot video in HD and wanna cook your homemade cheesy films :D, or author, as professionals would say), and you have the extra what, $100 bucks? Then... go for it, but I think even so, hardrive space is more efective plus having 25/50 GB worth of info on a disc (in case you would wanna use them as backups) is almost a no go for me, thousands of things can go wrong and I prefer a harddrive-oriented backup solution (or cloud if you have the $$$ and the will).

    Obviously, when comparing prices I'm not even having in account Apple's unit, IIRC it's around 80/90 bucks? I'd go for a Samsung one that runs for about 45 on Amazon last time I checked (I'm in the process of buying a Mini so I wanna buy the extra things too).
     
  4. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Right now Blu-ray movies are the only way to get HD content without DRM. So until the studios get their act together and offer a high quality 1080p digital copy that can play on all my personal devices will I no longer need Blu-ray discs. I really wish Apple would remove DRM from the iTunes movies and TV shows. Maybe they could embedded iTunes account info into the metadata to promote personal usage.
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    No DRM? Try again. The software updates for the Blu-ray players include new encryption keys and disabling of some old encryption keys.

    It would probably be more correct to say, the the blu-ray discs have the least obtrusive DRM for HD content.
     
  6. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I believe he was referring to no DRM after it is ripped.
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    And no one has ever found a way to remove DRM from downloaded content? DRM keeps the honest people honest and the pirates just learn more about how DRM works.
     

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