Who still uses a DVD/CD Player?

jwolf6589

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My Mac mostly sits on my desk and does not go anywhere. For me its a definite plus to have the DVD drive built in. So who still uses a DVD/CD player on your Mac? Since my use of the DVD drive is mostly for listening to sermons and not music there is still a need for it, especially since some ministries only produce their content on discs. For movies I prefer to stream or download, but I do have hundreds of discs. What about you?
 

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Same here. Since our ministry supports several others we receive their material on video DVDs and audio CDs. We also transfer audio mp3 sermons to iPods and other devices and then give them away. We have several external DVD drives for those purposes. And yes, we too have several hundred discs stored away.
 

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I bought an external Apple Super Drive for my 2012 iMac. Works great, and is small/portable, and I can use it with my 2013 MBA.

I have limited internet, so it's nice to watch movies using it, or even rip the occasional audio CD I come across. Plus, it is a way I can get data from my old Macs.
 
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jwolf6589

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Same here. Since our ministry supports several others we receive their material on video DVDs and audio CDs. We also transfer audio mp3 sermons to iPods and other devices and then give them away. We have several external DVD drives for those purposes. And yes, we too have several hundred discs stored away.
iPods???? I do believe I still have a iPod Nano but have not used it in ages.
 

chscag

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We purchased a large amount of iPod Shuffles when they were on sale. The only color available at the time was black which is why they were on sale. We fill them with recorded sermons and then give them away to new believers. We can usually put around 40 to 45 MP3 recorded sermons on one Shuffle.
 

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I have a 2004 eMac that I use a lot, mostly because of the DVD burner. I make personal copies of split-track CDs for our church choir, plus lots of work copies of those music CDs (the CDs tend to get beat up pretty quickly, even with boxes or envelopes). I have a replacement internal DVD burner (MSI brand, something generic, but much faster burning than Apple's superdrive that came with this eMac) I probably burn a couple dozen CDs a week, and use it to make user copies of three or four operating system disks (even burn DVDs for Windows 10 installers, always work great!)
The eMac continues to be my workhorse.
 

tibas92013

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I have two(2) Apple Superdrives in which I have backed-up most of my collection of around one thousand(1000)original old-time DVD's(i.e.,"The Falcon, The Saint,Film Noir, etc") bought off Amazon over the last fifteen(15) years. I used the great app "DVD Ripper Pro" in burning these original DVD's.

I watch a DVD or two movie each night.

My Mac Mini's are from years 2014 and Late 2012.
 
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MacDaddyPanda

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Before I jumped to Apple and still in Windows I used internal bluray drive for occasional movie watching or ripping cd’s. But now I haven’t felt a need to have one necessarily. i do have external usb dvd if needed for ripping, but otherwise I haven’t had to use one.
 

Micky Do

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My ten year-old Mac Mini has a built in DVD/CD drive, that has long since failed. It was a good move by Apple to drop the DVD drive from its computers. Better to use an external drive for those who do desire or need it.

I have an external drive that I do still occasionally use, mainly to upload the audio that comes on CD or DVD with some textbooks I use (as a teacher).

I do miss the CD and DVD format. For one thing, I don't have a credit card, so buying music or renting movies from various on-line sources is not really a goer. For another, coming from the era when vinyl reigned, I do like the physicality of having music and movies on a disc..... Despite analogue LPs sounding a little better to the very critical ear, the digital format came with many other advantages. DVD movies often came with various extras, such as out takes, background, and the like, through which one could learn a lot more about the film.

It's a shame that the CD and DVD formats have become all but obsolete.
 

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I still have a CD player to rip albums that I own. The first time I had to do this was after Apple wiped my entire music library when Apple Music Match went MIA.
 

Fishrrman

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I do. Just burned a data CD (which will go to a friend) yesterday.

Burning data to M-DISC media (requires a DVD/CD burner capable of burning to M-DISC) will result in media that probably will have "the longest lifespan" -- perhaps hundreds of years.

Of course, a hundred years from now, someone will still need a DVD/CD drive to READ that data... ;)
 
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TGM85

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I haven't used CD/DVD media on my Mac for almost a decade now.

Come to think of it, the only device in my household still capable of playing physical media is a cheap little Samsung Blu-ray player we hook up to our family tv once or twice a year.
 

dandeco

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I'll still often watch DVDs on my quad-core i7 Mac Mini. Sometimes I even watch Blu-Rays (using the Leawo Blu-Ray Player freeware app.) I currently use an external LG USB 2.0 slim Blu-Ray burner (it uses two USB connectors to boost the speed, hooked up to my Cinema Display's two USB 2.0 ports.) A lot more reliable than what I've heard about Apple's external SuperDrive, and I bought it for around the same price (it was on sale for $80 when I bought the drive five years ago.) I've also ripped quite a few music and sound effect CDs using this external drive and iTunes or whatever.
Sometimes I'll also burn DVDs or even Blu-Rays of home movies I shoot, especially if I'm converting older home movies shot on VHS or whatever to DVD for relatives. But iDVD will soon no longer work on the Mac OS, but I can use my late 2009 polycarbonate MacBook and its' internal SuperDrive if I ever want to do that. And Roxio's MyDVD Pro is still somewhat limited. Otherwise for burning discs, I'll probably use my Dell Optiplex 9010's internal DVD burner or connect my external Blu-Ray burner to that and author discs with Cyberlink PowerProducer (when editing video on the Dell, I generally use Magix Vegas Pro and/or Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultimate; sometimes I will just export videos I edit on the Mac Mini in iMovie or Final Cut to a format PowerProducer will work with;)
 

chrfr

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What adapter are you using to connect it? The Apple adapters will pass through sufficient power, and I've used an Anker adapter without a problem.
 

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Same here. Since our ministry supports several others we receive their material on video DVDs and audio CDs. We also transfer audio mp3 sermons to iPods and other devices and then give them away. We have several external DVD drives for those purposes. And yes, we too have several hundred discs stored away.
You should really work with your pastor to get him a Dropbox or others to give out! This might be a more modern way to share!
 

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My Mac mostly sits on my desk and does not go anywhere. For me its a definite plus to have the DVD drive built in. So who still uses a DVD/CD player on your Mac? Since my use of the DVD drive is mostly for listening to sermons and not music there is still a need for it, especially since some ministries only produce their content on discs. For movies I prefer to stream or download, but I do have hundreds of discs. What about you?
I still use the (external) Apple SuperDrive DVD/CD but rarely… maybe once or twice a month. There are still old DVD movies that I have around. And since my iMac SSD storage capacity is not very large, I won't download and store 2 gazillion gigabytes of movies that I will only watch on my iMac once or twice a decade.

But the DVD player is absolutely great for vintage DVD movies like:



or even….

 
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My Mac mostly sits on my desk and does not go anywhere. For me its a definite plus to have the DVD drive built in. So who still uses a DVD/CD player on your Mac? Since my use of the DVD drive is mostly for listening to sermons and not music there is still a need for it, especially since some ministries only produce their content on discs. For movies I prefer to stream or download, but I do have hundreds of discs. What about you?
At this point I haven't used my USB DVD drive in quite some time. We have all our DVD's converted to digital movies for iTunes and are in the process of swapping them out to iTunes store copies of HD/UHD HDR (when available) movies. My gaming PC doesn't even have an optical drive anymore. I think optical media is effectively dead.
 

tranceking26

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I have a fairly cheap but excellent CD/DVD external drive. I decided to just keep using my PS3 for my small collection of Blu Ray discs.
 

satcomer

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Before I jumped to Apple and still in Windows I used internal bluray drive for occasional movie watching or ripping cd’s. But now I haven’t felt a need to have one necessarily. i do have external usb dvd if needed for ripping, but otherwise I haven’t had to use one.
You could stil get a external Blu-Ray player that is at least try loaded and at least USB3 or better for best picture. Then on Mac OS I used Mac BluRay Player. It worked beautifully and at full frame!
 

MrRabuf

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I don't remember the last time I even touched a CD/DVD/BluRay. I've long since digitized all my physical media and am digital only now.
 

MacDaddyPanda

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You could stil get a external Blu-Ray player that is at least try loaded and at least USB3 or better for best picture. Then on Mac OS I used Mac BluRay Player. It worked beautifully and at full frame!
Thanks, but yeah I still kept my Windows PC for gaming. So I have my PC and Xbox one X connected to my home theatre receiver. So I get my Disk fix from either one of those platforms. My mini is used for all my other computing needs. My MS platforms are basically my entertainment hub.
 

satcomer

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Thanks, but yeah I still kept my Windows PC for gaming. So I have my PC and Xbox one X connected to my home theatre receiver. So I get my Disk fix from either one of those platforms. My mini is used for all my other computing needs. My MS platforms are basically my entertainment hub.
Then you must be excited to know Apple in their new OS should have X-Box controller support!