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Finally, they make it pretty.

http://www.apple.com/uk/airportexpress/

Not sure what benefit it has for music over an @TV though.  Although, am I imagining this or has it now become a simple wireless router?  Can't quite work it out...

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RE: New Airport Express

So does new AE have a socket thingy for plugging into a landline's wall-socket thingy puzzled

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No, but it does appear to have a socket thingy for plugging into a modem's socket thingy, which was why I was asking whether it was now a router.  S'not clear.

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RE: New Airport Express

Clearly 

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RE: New Airport Express

It was always a wireless access point wasn't it? Old one had a wan port for connecting to a modem, new one has a LAN port as well for hooking up a nas.

 

Now it has dual band goodness, I'm quite curious about this.

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Slightly OT: I was having a 'moist moment' oggling the new MBP, but then noticed that it does not have a CD/DVD drive - wut the...??!!

So, no ripping CDs to iTunes. Bad! shame on you

And, obv', the final nail/two fingers to Blu-ray doh!  

Not looking to attract Sony Vaio converts, Apple?  puzzled

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Apple have gradually been removing CD / DVD drives from all their range (as noted earlier on another thread to do with the Mini). In the computer world, CDs / DVDs are old tech now, and I've not seen any companies distribute software on Blu-ray either - everything is just downloaded straight from the internet and networks or USB disks / sticks are used to transport data around from one machine to another where this isn't possible.

For ripping CDs, you can still get a USB drive and plug this in - it's a rare enough activity for this to be acceptable in my opinion. Of course Apple would rather you purchased everything from iTunes  Wink

 

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I predict much wailing and gnashing of teeth if it's not bit-perfect. 48khz? 

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Great, I just bought the old one.  #*@!&#&*!!  Angry

 

Edit:  Found the receipt and I still have the box.  Woo hoo!  Ordering the new one now...  Thanks John!!!

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professorhat wrote:

Apple have gradually been removing CD / DVD drives from all their range (as noted earlier on another thread to do with the Mini). In the computer world, CDs / DVDs are old tech now, and I've not seen any companies distribute software on Blu-ray either - everything is just downloaded straight from the internet and networks or USB disks / sticks are used to transport data around from one machine to another where this isn't possible.

For ripping CDs, you can still get a USB drive and plug this in - it's a rare enough activity for this to be acceptable in my opinion. Of course Apple would rather you purchased everything from iTunes  Wink

AFAIK, the option to watch a BD movie or two on a laptop during a long train or plane journey is enjoyed by many?

And ripping CDs to iTunes in ALAC or AIFF is "rare"?

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Must admit I'm with 6th.replicant on this one. Sitting here typing this on my 'old' MacBook Pro (with CD/DVD drive) and will be taking very good care of it now! As journos, it's surprising how often we still get given press kits (text, images etc) on CD/DVDs, so would be lost without the drive.

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6th.replicant wrote:

So does new AE have a socket thingy for plugging into a landline's wall-socket thingy puzzled

Looks like it just takes a conventional power lead, so not as neat as the old one IMHO as it won't plug directly into the wall socket.

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Andy Clough wrote:

6th.replicant wrote:

So does new AE have a socket thingy for plugging into a landline's wall-socket thingy puzzled

Looks like it just takes a conventional power lead, so not as neat as the old one IMHO as it won't plug directly into the wall socket.

 

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RE: New Airport Express

Think I prefer the old plug-in one. The new one looks to be just the same size as an ATV, in which case I'd rather have an ATV.

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Hope its more reliable than the previous ones...went through a ton of those. John, the old AE also had

a router feature, it was just a well kept secret so that Apple could sell more of its expensive routers...

even the Apple "geniuses" I asked couldn't say for sure....shocking. The router feature wasnt advertised properly, so much so that most people didnt know  about it at all!

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6th.replicant wrote:

AFAIK, the option to watch a BD movie or two on a laptop during a long train or plane journey is enjoyed by many?

Possibly, I thought most people watched stuff they'd downloaded / ripped now (well I do), but may be wrong. Certainly I see more people watching stuff on their iPad / iPhone / Android device than I do on their laptops these days (all of which of course also don't have CD / DVD drives). It gets rid of the faff of having to carry around a load of DVDs. But you're right, this is probably the feature most home users will miss the most.

6th.replicant wrote:

And ripping CDs to iTunes in ALAC or AIFF is "rare"?

It is for me (and I did say "in my opinion" Wink  ) - maybe once every couple of weeks at most? How many CDs do you buy? If you're constantly adding new music then I suppose this would be a pain, but I couldn't afford to buy that many!