Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2
downside to not having firewire, is the loss of target disc mode.
I'll bet you that there are way more people using firewire for audio or video purposes than for target disc mode..
Originally Posted by foobar
Sad to see Firewire go, but it had to be done eventually... Apple wants to do small notebooks. Can't have a lot of "legacy" ports.
the 13" macBook IS a small notebook. and it works very well with 2 USB ports AND a firewire port..
Originally Posted by fft
Firewire is common language in the mac world, it serves for almost anything that deals with connectivity, for connecting computers in target mode, for external hard drives, WERE THE DATA SPEED IS ESSENTIAL, BE IT VIDEO, AUDIO or even DATA... , for VIDEO CAPTURE, or AUDIO, because of the nature of the protocol, peer-to-peer, not crappy and bad written protocols for consumer market like the USB, were speed usually is secondary, better for connecting mouses and printers, the initially aim of the protocol...
Mac's became fashion consumer products and not tools for creative work,
there are certain audio editing programs that won't accept any external USB hard drive to work on; it has
to be firewire, or else it won't run.
also the majority of audio interfaces run with firewire, especially if you want to daisy-chain them together.
Originally Posted by stonefree
Pro Audio is a bit of a misleading term- it generally means (to musicians) a quality external audio interface. Good ones can be had for as little as $200. I wasn't talking about the average computer user. I said musicians, who are a big part of Apple's base. Go to any electronic music show, even some rock bands- you'll see a Mac laptop on stage.
as a live sound engineer I work with over a 1000 bands per year, and from all the artists that have computers, about 95% have apple laptops. from these laptops again about 95% has a (black) macBook.
most musicians I know own a macBook, not because it's cheaper than the pro, but because it is smaller. if this smaller version loses it's firewire port to connect audio interfaces to on top of the lack of the on-stage-camouflage black color, I'm afraid a lot of them won't know where to go: either it be bigger or PC..
and seriously: about every band that comes through the club I work has at least 3, if not more, 13' macBooks with them.
don't underestimate the numbers of semi-pro users that use the macBook, it isn't just a consumer's product.