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Blu-Ray vs iTunes and the Mac [2012]

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Okay, it's been awhile since we had one of these BR threads in Future Hardware.

Truthfully, I don't really want to start the old arguments all over again. I just noticed this:

Pioneer Announces BDR-XD04 The Smallest Blu-Ray Burner

It says that Macbook and MacBook Air owners can write to BR using this drive. The drive releases next week.

Did I miss a memo? Has Apple enabled native BR capabilities in Lion? I presume if you can write to BR you can play one as well?
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Did I miss a memo? Has Apple enabled native BR capabilities in Lion? I presume if you can write to BR you can play one as well?

Reading/writing has been possible for quite some time. Movie playback is a totally different matter, with only one single application offering it, and that not very efficient.
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You've been able to write to Blu-ray discs since at least Leopard. Movie playback requires third-party applications, but has also been possible for years.

Apple themselves will never add the drives nor OS-level movie playback support.

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Ah, thanks. So this is good for data backup only. Got it.
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I have to say that since now we know that Apple will never implement BD playback in the OS AND it's possible to implement playback without their help, I'm more than a little surprised that another third party hasn't stepped up and delivered a solution. Roxio, El Gato, or even the PC makers like CyberLink could make the software for OS X and really fill a big hole.
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Okay, it's been awhile since we had one of these BR threads in Future Hardware.

Truthfully, I don't really want to start the old arguments all over again. I just noticed this:

Pioneer Announces BDR-XD04 The Smallest Blu-Ray Burner

It says that Macbook and MacBook Air owners can write to BR using this drive. The drive releases next week.

Did I miss a memo? Has Apple enabled native BR capabilities in Lion? I presume if you can write to BR you can play one as well?

I think this is an external burner. Apple macs dont have built in blu ray players. You can write to blu rays with programs such as Roxio Toast and Compressor from Final Cut Pro. Also, check out Mac blu ray player: http://www.macblurayplayer.com/
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