PW @WORLD Basics

An @WORLD Basics CD-ROM being loaded into a Pippin @WORLD console.

CD-ROM (an acronym for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory) is an optical media disc that was the preferred software delivery method to owners of consumer Pippin consoles.

Pippinized CD-ROMsEdit

Pippin disc loading screen

Disc loading screen on a Pippin console.

One attraction to the Pippin platform was that pre-existing Macintosh software could be ported relatively quickly through a process called Pippinization.[1]

Pippin CD-ROMs contained a streamlined version of Macintosh operating system 7.5.2 that required the disc to be authenticated to successfully boot and launch the included software application. Consoles with developer ROMs or dongles could bypass the authentication process and even load non-Pippinized Macintosh software or boot from a floppy disk or SCSI drive.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. Technical Notes: Creating Pippin CD-ROMs, version 004, Apple Computer. 1996-05-10.
  2. Hacking the Pippin, Vintage Mac World. 2007-10-22. Archived 2017-08-17

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