Simple...you buy an optical drive. They are cheap and readily available.
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Go to Newegg.com or any one of the various computer peripheral websites and get one. You'd be hard pressed to be able to detect any difference between them and the conv. wisdom is that that the external ones are better than the internal one.
Apple doesn't make the external drive -- some nameless employer of slave child labor in Shenzen does.
Apple's move to cut the built in drive wasn't a smart one. I own the newest Mini and it's certainly less elegant to have to add the the external drive. For 70 bucks you can add the matching Apple drive or a generic one for 35 bucks. The people I spoke with at Apple agreed that cutting the drive was premature as nearly every customer complains about it.
Still, adding the drive was simple and inexpensive and it's a fantastic server. I have not tried other ripping software yet, but I will.
Be sure to add memory to the mini! You can max it out for around 45 bucks!