Have we given up on Apple bringing Blu-ray to Macs?
By Adam TURNER
Mountain Lion once again failed to add Blu-ray movie playback to Macs, but this time no-one seems to care.
Four years ago I asked the question When will my Mac play Blu-ray? Back in the age of Leopard it was obviously a question worth asking, as it's still one of the most popular posts ever on Hydrapinion. Steve Jobs famously labelled Blu-ray a "bag of hurt", but I'm convinced his motives were less to do with technical issues and more to do with the fact that Cupertino wants the Apple faithful to source all their entertainment from the iTunes store.
Four years later and Blu-ray on Macs seems to be a non-issue. I didn't heard anyone question whether Mountain Lion would deliver Blu-ray movie playback, nor did I hear anyone express disappointment when it didn't arrive. So what should we make of this? Urban digital hipsters will tell you that Jobs saw the future and Blu-ray is dead, but I disagree. Your average person on the street is still more comfortable with optical discs than with movie downloads and I don't think this will change for at least another five years. Meanwhile videophiles know that iTunes movie downloads don't yet match the picture quality of Blu-ray, because there's more to a good picture than simply resolution. People with an eye for quality have given up on using their Mac as a Blu-ray player and made alternative arrangements -- whether it be a standalone Blu-ray player, a PlayStation 3 or even a Windows media centre.
The lack of questions about Mountain Lion and Blu-ray doesn't mean Blu-ray is dead, it simply means that Mac users have come to terms with the fact that it's never coming. Blu-ray still has its place, but those who care about it have made other arrangements. Those who don't are probably satisfied with digital downloads, but shouldn't assume that everyone else feels the same.
The Mac faithful will see Apple's rebuke of Blu-ray as another example of Steve Jobs' clairvoyant ability to predict the future and give the people what they really need, but they're wrong. It was a simple business decision -- yet another example of Apple's benevolent dictatorship focusing on what's best for Apple rather than what's best for the people. Mac users didn't miss out on Blu-ray because it was a bag of hurt, they missed out because blocking Blu-ray made Apple a bag of money.
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The last time I bought music on a CD was over two years ago. After I ripped the disc and added it to my digital media collection, I was left with this redundant hunk of plastic. I asked myself why I needed it. The answer is I don't.
Don't forget the power draining, space sucking, weight adding optical drives that are necessary to read the aforementioned redundant hunks of plastic. My laptop bag is heavy enough already. No thanks.
Sometimes to embrace the present you need to abandon the obsolete. Don't criticize those who lead the charge into the future; applaud them.
Connected to my amplifier and projector through HDMI I am getting a DTS audio output as well.
Software is Mac Blu-ray Player.
All works fine folks.