Had my MBP for a couple of weeks now and can honestly say my optical drive has only been used once - and that was to install Office for work purposes onto my Windows 7 RC Parallels setup. I dont buy music CDs and any I do own have been ripped to iTunes. Never buy DVDs anymore either. Any I have have been ripped to Divx format and any new releases can be obtained online. As I own other computers with optical drives I think i could do without the one on the MBP - but then again its good to have it too I suppose. Not made up my mind on this one I guess. Just wondered how many of you would miss the optical drive?