Remote Disc, do you really need an optical drive on the road?

Remote Disc

With the introduction of first iMac back in May 1998, Apple chose not to include a floppy drive (unlike all PCs in the markets). The result: the availability of USB peripherals were suddenly increased. In 2001, Apple introduced the (then) thinnest notebook, PowerBook G4 (Titanium), only 1-inch thin. This time, it's even thinner!

Apple has once again foreseen the future: How often do we need to use CD/DVD media? Especially, how often do we need to use CD/DVD on the road?
Many people use CD/DVD to listen to music and to watch DVDs, but there's iTunes, and you can buy and even rent movies.

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Introducing the groundbreaking Remote Disc.

If you ever need to install software on MacBook Air from a CD or a DVD, you can use Remote Disc that wirelessly use (or "borrow") the optical drive of a Mac or PC in the vicinity. You will have full access to an optical drive without the need to carry it with your ultra-portable MacBook Air.

All you need to do is simply setup Remote Disc on a Mac or a PC. (Remote Disc Setup software is supplied with MacBook Air.) Then, insert the CD or DVD onto the optical drive of the Remote Disc-enabled Mac or PC.

Next, select the icon on MacBook Air, use it just like a built-in optical drive. We've learnt to live without floppy drives, it shouldn't take long for us to live with optical drives.

MacBook Air SuperDriveHowever, if you need to access to optical media often, or you don't have another Mac or PC with optical drive around, MacBook Air SuperDrive (MB397G/A) is available for US$99, connected and powered via a single USB cable, and fits easily into a travel bag. It lets you install software and play and burn both CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs.

More detail about Remote Disc is at http://www.apple.com/macbookair/wireless.html.

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Posted by Antony at January 17, 2008 3:24 PM

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