Apple Wiki
Apple Wiki

The PowerCD is a CD-ROM drive and Photo CD viewer developed by Philips and marketed by Apple Computer.[1]


The PowerCD is a rebranded version of the Philips CDF-100 that was adapted by Apple's Mac Like Things group and released in 1993. It included two 3.5mm jacks to output audio to headphones and speakers. A custom A/V port could be attached to an adapter cable to output audio and video to a television monitor. It also included a separate module that attached through a custom connector to provide a SCSI port, a power adapter port, and a compartment for eight AA batteries.[2][3] However, battery life during usage was reportedly poor.[4] The software included a PowerCD Audio desk accessory. When used without a computer, it could be controlled through a bundled remote.[2]

Unreleased version[]

A navy blue version had been planned for the consumer market, but was not publicly released.[5][6]


  1. The Sad Tale of Two Apple Audio Players, 512 pixels. 2012-12-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 1993 PowerCD, Apple To The Core. 2012-03-15.
  3. PowerCD by Tom Owad, Applefritter. 2004-01-22.
  4. 6 Apple products that were better off as April Fools' jokes by Mike Wehner, Engadget. 2014-04-01.
  5. PowerCD: Available in Two Colors?, Apple Inc. 2012-02-19.
  6. Quand le PowerCD devait être bleu (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Le Journal du Lapin. 2017-07-27.

External links[]

IPod Nano 6 This article is a semistub. You can help by expanding it with some more information.