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Apple PowerCD Driver/Player

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powercd_setup.img_.hqx (581.64 KB)
MD5: fb4267b2e03a270a6f290eb3b03b52ff
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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PowerCD_Setup.hqx (662.47 KB)
MD5: 8efa70e629ce28ecdcde49408ff30691
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: Mini vMac Mini vMac II

An Apple PowerCD is a 1X CD player with remote control from Apple that originally retailed for US$499. Today, they are considered collectible as they are relatively rare.

    Apple PowerCD is a CD player sold by Apple Computer in 1993 and discontinued several years later. It was a re-badged Philips-designed product which was sold in addition to Apple's speakers and also included a remote control. The PowerCD was capable of reading Kodak photo CDs, data CDs and audio CDs. It can connect to Apple Macintosh personal computers through SCSI and also to stereo systems and televisions.

    With the success of the Apple Newton, in mid-1992 Apple Industrial Design Group created a division called Mac Like Things which was to focus on what they saw as a whole new market for Apple in consumer electronic devices. The PowerCD marked Apple's first stand-alone consumer-oriented product brought to market, which did not require a computer for use. It was analogous to Sony's Discman portable CD players of the time, however, unlike Sony's and most others, Apple's could also be used as computer peripheral as well. And while most desktop Macs at the time included built-in CD-ROMs, the PowerCD was designed to match the PowerBook series which would not include a built-in CD-ROM for several more years. Its ability to be operated under battery power alone made it not only a portable drive for computers, but gave it the added ability to be marketed as a stand alone portable CD player.

- Excerpt from: Wikipedia - PowerCD

See also: "Apple Dreams" Audio disc and 1993 MacFormat review of the PowerCD.

DL#1: Disk image as found on the Legacy Software CD.
DL#2: Disk image originating from MacGUI that has been copied to disk and then re-imaged as a DiskCopy 4.2 disk image, compressed with StuffIt 1.5.1, and encoded with BinHex 4.0. This ensures that it is mountable by both Mini vMac, as well as MountImage.

Architecture: 68k

Installs QuickTime 1.6.1 on supported machines, those with 68020 processors or later. If installed on a 68000 processor machine, QuickTime is omitted.


Dimitris1980's picture
by Dimitris1980 - 2011, December 1 - 8:30am

I used to have 1x cd rom drive with my PC back to 90s and i remember that i had problem with the sound with some games (like Full Throttle and Need for Speed) because it was too slow. Is there any faster external cd rom drive that fits with the Powerbook 500 series?

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2011, November 30 - 5:44pm

I've replaced the upload with a copy of the disk image taken from the Legacy Software CD. It might have been the same source.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2011, November 30 - 4:59pm

1x (150)

Dimitris1980's picture
by Dimitris1980 - 2011, November 30 - 4:03pm

What is the speed of the apple powercd?