using Imovie on a new Mac mini
If you are still within your 15 day return period. Call Apple they will sent out iDVD at no charge. (There are no realistic substitutes.)
Nicely explain that you may return the computer without iDVD. That usually does the trick. You MUST speak to a senior advisor to get a free copy. The first tier people cannot do it.
If that doesn't work you can purchase iLife 11 (includes iDVD) on disk.
IDVD is a wonderful piece of software and well worth the low cost of $40.
Returning the computer will not help. Apple does not sell iDVD any longer, as the only computer with a DVD drive is the MacPro and old MacBook Pro. It is there way of saying "Hey! That's old technology, so you can't use it anymore." You may be able to find a copy online, or another program in the MacAppStore.
Returning the computer will not help.
Agreed, I have seen numerous situations when a frustrated customer contemplates returning the computer that Apple will send iDVD for free. (iLife 11 on disk.)
Apple does not sell iDVD any longer
Correct, but they sometimes give it away.
as the only computer with a DVD drive is the MacPro and old MacBook Pro.
The current MacBook Pro non-retina (I recently purchased one) includes the optical SuperDrive. Scroll about two thirds of the way down on the below link.
I regularly use iDVD with the latest Mac Pro and the latest MacBook Pro and Apple's most recent operating system. It works perfectly.
They may give it away, however I have never had luck with this, and neither have many friends and co-workers (in the creative business.) He certainly could try though, there is no harm in trying.
Sorry for the confusion about the MacBook Pro. By "old" I was referring to the non-Retina Display, but that was incorrect.
Sorry for the confusion about that and I probably would try calling. Who knows - you could get lucky!