Originally Posted by noobhell
I don't know about you guys but as much as I know people who do not know allot about technology tend to use an odd more than people who do know allot about technology. If I compare how much older people who are not up on technology use it and people on OCN use it I would say my thesis is for most right. I'm not denying that odds are getting a bit old-fashioned but it seems to me that Apple knows that more people will download films mainly from itunes and they save a bit of money they don't have to spend on an odd.
I agree...kind of. Ask the general consumer if they need an optical drive. Once you get past the (the optical drive is where you put DVDs in) part, the majority of people will say no. By the way, this is my perspective from having over 100 users, I would say about 5 or so of them really need it and about 10-15 use it on occasion but they tend to use USB flash drives more. We even do software installations using networked drives and mounted ISOs. I'm just saying the average consumer would choose a thinner, lighter, more gorgeous product than one that has an optical drive.
This, however, doesn't make Apple right, nor does this mean they're not also trying to increase their profits and visibility of iTunes (for example, why buy a DVD when Customer A can purchase from iTunes). Either way, optical drives in portable computers seem to be on their way out, on desktops I don't see that happening yet. Except, of course, Apple.