Jobs puts faith in downloads in Blu-ray rejection

'High-end audio format' not coming to Macs

Latest email response points to future iMac, MacBook and Mac Pro releases eschewing Blu-ray.

Steve Jobs has pulled out his iPhone and cranked up the email app to send another missive about Apple’s future plans. But this time it’s not about antenna woes, but whether Blu-ray will be rocking up on Macs any time soon.

Quizzed as to why the new Mac Mini didn’t support Sony’s HD format, Jobs said, “Bluray [sic] is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats.”

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When asked whether Blu-ray might provide a better alternative for HD storage and the system’s lack of DRM niggles, Jobs was quick to continue the smackdown. “The downloadable movie business is rapidly moving to free (Hulu) or rentals (iTunes) so storing purchased movies or TV shows is not an issue.”

Jobs goes on to say that this model will “win almost everyone over”. It seems Apple’s chief is sticking to his previous claims that Blu-ray is a “bag of hurt”, even though his company is closely associated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.

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Via MacRumors