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3. Dumb DVD Player

It used to be that DVD Player would allow you to open DVD content that had been ripped to disk regardless of the enclosing folder’s name, but now DVD Player insists that the folder be named VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS. Attempting to open the content from a perfectly fine DVD that fails to conform to this requirement results in an alert that complains, "The media type is not supported" (see Figure 3).

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Figure 3 Why does DVD Player care about the name of the folder containing your disc’s contents?

This is an instance of Apple breaking something that used to work just fine. If Apple refuses to restore the old functionality—or if it’s technically impossible to distinguish between the two supported media types by examining a folder’s contents—the least it could do is change the alert text to indicate the true nature of the problem: "The media must reside in a folder named either VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS."

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