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New Apple Powerbooks have digital in/out!

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I just noticed today on Apple's website that the new Powerbooks have optical digital input AND outputs. Note here from http://www.apple.com/powerbook/

Hearing Is Believing

Connect your new 15- or 17-inch PowerBook to decks, receivers, digital instruments and 5.1 surround sound systems. Built-in optical digital audio input and output enable you to enjoy true noise-free, pristine sound — without ground loop interference caused by copper wiring. Of course, all PowerBook systems have built-in stereo speakers for easy listening and an integrated microphone, handy for making calls using iChat AV. A standard minijack provides audio line-input for plugging in a powered microphone, and with a headphone-out port, you can plug in headphones and listen to music, watch a movie, play games or compose a new song in complete privacy.

What's cool is that they are using the same line-in and headphone ports for this functionality, so there aren't additional ports on your computer to get confused by. Just to think Sony could do this for all their portables (combo optical out off the headphone jack), just like they already do with the line-in jack. In either case, I thought it's cool that you could record to your MD digitally (albeit in real-time) from your Mac Powerbook without additional parts.

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