Would you miss the optical drive on MBP if apple removed it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by redshovel, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. redshovel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    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.:confused:

    Just wondered how many of you would miss the optical drive?
  2. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    I would miss it. Being an audio professional, i use it quite a bit.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Didn't we just have a big thread about this with a poll?
    I will have to dig it up, it was just a short while back

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  4. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No. I don't really think so. The optical drives just adds more weight for something most people do not need. Everything put on CDs/DVDs can be put on the web for download or a SD Card (Which Apple has already adapted). I still think Apple should offer a laptop or configuration with a optical drive, but it should not be included in most consumer notebooks (mainly because of the weight factor).
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I'd sure like to be able to install things, so yes, I would miss it.

    Other than that, get rid of the worthless thing.
  6. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    I would miss it...what about using your MBP as a DVD player? I do that all the time. Also installing software. Bottom line is the drive is still necessary today, but might not be in the future.
  7. MacMur macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    I could live without it. In the cases where I need an optical drive I would just use an external unit. Give me even more battery and I'd be happy. Just don't make it weigh more than the unit with the optical drive.
  8. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Yes, most definitely. I would NOT buy a Mac without an optical drive.
  9. H$R macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    not sure, since I got my Macbook (15 months ago) I used the drive maybe a dozen times. Sometimes for watching a DVD, a few times ripping a new CD or installing something. And a few iDVD projects I burnt onto DVD.
    It seem altogether I really rarely use it, compared to my last Desktop (though that was a gaming machine, so mostly there was a game in the drive.)
    Though I think it's nice. I don't like buying/renting movis online, I prefer the actual box and disc actually. And then if you want to rip it for your Appe TV (in my case I don't to this at the moment, just pop it into the good old DVD player) you need a drive anyway. Though I think most of the software in the future will be distributed over the internet and otherwise they could it put it onto a USB drive those are cheap as hell nowaydays.

    I think, I will miss it. Like the floppies years ago :D
  10. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Heck I'm thinking of pulling mine out myself for one of these.
    They even include an external usb casing for the old DVD drive for when you do need it.

    The times I don't need my optical drive vastly outnumber the times that I do, so a portable external in my bag would suffice. Especially if I have a TB of HD space in my Macbook Pro!
  11. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I could do without it, but thats just me. Demands change person to person I guess.
  12. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    Maybe apple should begin offering it as an option...you can have an optical drive or we can use that space for battery, hard drive, etc... that would satisfy everyone as many people use their laptops for different things.
  13. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
  14. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    I would most certainly miss it.
    Average consumers may not miss it but this is a 'Pro' machine and an optical drive is absolutely necessary for my video work. I need to be able to burn DVD's, and watch/rip DVD's. Digital video downloads through iTunes are great for consumers, but most video pro's (including myself) would rather own a physical disc. Plus, how else will I load Final Cut Studio onto my MBP. Is Apple going to have me download 55GB over the internet (when some internet providers are capping monthly usage to 250GB)?
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Until there's a viable alternative, optical drives are necessary. They're not going away anytime soon in the first place, since afaik Snow Leopard will be on DVDs.
  16. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    mmm...interesting...that looks like a great option if you rip out the optical drive.
  17. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    There are always external DVD-drives. Get rid of the thing already. It takes up internal space, it's loud and slow.
  18. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    The thing is you cannot just drop the optical drive, it will have to replaced by something. Because people will still need a way to load software, watch movies, etc.
    Going from floppy disks to CD's made sense because CD's hold more and are cheaper to make. People switched from VHS to DVD's because they hold better quality video and are cheaper to make.
    Right know the only possible alternative would be SD cards, but SD cards are more expensive to make, do not hold that much when you compare price to size, and are not being standardized for software, movies, etc.

    I think the optical drive may become the defining difference between pro and consumer computers in the future. I would not be willing to extra for an external optical drive on a pro machine.
  19. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    I would certainly miss it.

    For more recreational things like playing/installing games, and running discs from magazines.

    Also for installing software. Digital download is becoming more popular but there are still times where you're a bit stuffed without a drive.

    Backing up files too. I have external hard drives, but I backup to both DVD disc and those drives.
  20. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I would miss it, even for the few times that I've used it. If I ever need to reinstall, it would be a pain having to fork $99 for the external Superdrive.
  21. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    It's still necessary -- some games require the disk to run.
  22. redshovel thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    My view is that I think optical drives will be gone sooner rather than later.
    I think the life of Blu-Ray will be short lived - and when internet connections reach faster speeds and can deliver HD content to all - what would the need for optical drives be?

    I can even see a Movie Spotify type program.
  23. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    I wouldn't miss it if they removed it as an internal drive and offered an external USB Superdrive.

    I'd miss it if I no longer had access any optical drive (very unlikely)

    If I purchased a MBP right now I'd go with the Optibay solution. A second hard drive is more important to me than an integrated DVD Burner.

    The ideal here is to remove power hungry moving devices with more power efficient solid state devices.
  24. jointsmoking macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    I thought I might miss it when I bought my Air. I don't. I understand some people might need it. But I don't.
  25. HkyNC macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2009
    Pulled the DVD drive out of my uMBP 15" and put in a second hard drive. A $70 USB drive works just fine for the odd time I need it. I've always been curious why Apple doesn't make the DVD drive ejectable. Pop it out, put in a second drive bay, etc. Or, they could go the route of Dell, Falcon Northwest and others and have 2 drives AND the DVD.

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