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Get Blu-ray Today

If the rumor sites are to be believed, we are less than a week away from witnessing the first Apple products with built-in Blu-ray drives, a long-awaited feature that will officially begin the demise of the aging SuperDrive. With this weekend’s announcement that Warner Brothers would be abandoning HD DVD beginning in May (and Apple’s position on the Blu-ray consortium’s Board of Directors), it certainly seems probable that a portion of Steve Jobs’ Mac Expo keynote will be devoted to a brand new high definition drive.

 

But for those of us unwilling to wait (or plunk down our hard-earned money on a new Mac or just for Blu-ray support), there are a few options already on the market:

 

 

For Mac Pro and Power Mac users, MCE Technologies has begun selling a 2X Blu-ray Internal Recordable Drive that “incorporates a state-of-the-art blue-violet laser and ushers in the next generation of optical disc storage” and is compatible with all DVD and CD recordable media. FastMac lives up to its name by offering a speedier 4X drive, along with a slim slot-loading option for the PowerBook G3 Pismo, MacBook Pro and all models in between.

 

 

LaCie is selling a dual-interface external 2X Blu-ray drive that fits nicely alongside its popular line of d2 hard drives. And for a few hundred bucks less, Other World Computing also has a 2X drive for sale that can handle “all populary types of optical media!”

 

Of course, neither OS X 10.5 Leopard nor iLife ’08 supports Blu-ray authoring or playback, but the kind folks at Roxio have included support for these burners in its latest version of Toast Titanium, so you’ll be able to easily back up 50GB of files to a single disc. But if you want to play “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” on your brand new iMac, you’re out of luck.

 

At least until next Tuesday, anyway.

 

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