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new macbooks dont have firewire? alienating musicians.. wtf.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:05 am
by sweetjesus
hey there i was thinking of getting a macbook in the next 6 months but theyve taken out the firewire option on the new range i heard, can anyone confirm this? and if so, wtf is up with that.. every musician i know with a macbook has a firewire device...

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:19 am
by liveISlife
The world sure is going to shit these days. What a joke that is not to have a firewire port on the macbook. I mean really, what a sick fucked up joke.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:25 am
by smartass303
Too bad,
No FW, this is a serious deal breaker... Apple is going to make a lot of the new Notebooks somewhat *MacBook Air like*
I htink its better to go with a refurb (or a PC).
Too bad, i had the idea (and money) to switch to Mac, but now... OT but is there a cross-license for ableton if you go mac?

303

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:59 am
by pepezabala
they want to force you to buy a macbook pro and not only a macbook. that's the "pro" thing about it. if you need firewire, then you make money with your computer, so they want you to buy the expensive product line ...

get a cheap macbook with fw-port now, and wait, sooner or later they'll have something sexy again.

fuckin capitalists ... :twisted:

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:18 am
by smartass303
pepezabala wrote:
fuckin capitalists ... :twisted:
Thats it!

BASTARDS

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:25 am
by octex
pepezabala wrote:they want to force you to buy a macbook pro and not only a macbook. that's the "pro" thing about it. if you need firewire, then you make money with your computer, so they want you to buy the expensive product line ...
All fine if they had a 13" MacBook Pro in the lineup.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:55 am
by chrisedmo
I think this is outrageous...

People please leave feedback:

http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbook.html

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:08 am
by Angstrom
surely any 'home' user with a video camera needs a firewire port ?

it's not just musicians and 'pro' users, many other people have peripherals that are firewire. My girlfriend's laptop has a lacie firewire drive for backup, for instance.

I think they made a bad mistake here

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:15 am
by forge
Angstrom wrote:My girlfriend's laptop has a lacie firewire drive for backup, for instance.

I think they made a bad mistake here
not only that, one of the coolest features of a Mac is the ability to hold T and boot in firewire mode and use the laptop as a HD - that has helped me out of a few situations

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:46 am
by sweetjesus
forge wrote:
Angstrom wrote:My girlfriend's laptop has a lacie firewire drive for backup, for instance.

I think they made a bad mistake here
not only that, one of the coolest features of a Mac is the ability to hold T and boot in firewire mode and use the laptop as a HD - that has helped me out of a few situations
im sure they will implement holding down U and booting it as a USB drive or something like that..

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:19 pm
by jonny72
I'm not bothered by the lack of FireWire on the new MacBooks.

I like the plastic MacBooks and they're still in the range. Plus plenty of people will upgrade to the new MacBooks, which should drive the 2nd hand prices of plastic MacBooks down. It would be good to see a price drop on it though.

I've got an early MacBook which I'll upgrade to a later model at some point, so its all good for me.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:43 pm
by mrsakitumi
I've also been looking at the new macbook pro as well.
they've dropped the FW400 port, so there is only a FW800 port.
that cuts out a lot of music peripherals that rely on FW400 (soundcards, liquid mix etc)
You'll have to use USB soundcards for all new Macbooks and Macbook Pros.
What were they thinking?

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:47 pm
by nf0
mrsakitumi wrote:I've also been looking at the new macbook pro as well.
they've dropped the FW400 port, so there is only a FW800 port.
that cuts out a lot of music peripherals that rely on FW400 (soundcards, liquid mix etc)
You'll have to use USB soundcards for all new Macbooks and Macbook Pros.
What were they thinking?
ever heard of a fw400 to fw800 adapter? :roll:

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:05 pm
by mrsakitumi
nope, thanks for the info.
But even so, on my Macbook pro I use the FW400 port for my motu and FW800 port for my external HD.
I know you can also use the expresscard slot for an external HD, but it's nice to still have both FW ports, especially considering how much you pay for a Macbook Pro.

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:08 pm
by Mike Goodwin
That is pretty wild. Apple the friendly company for artists. What a load of garbage. Apple is brutal.