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MCE offers 2x DVD-R/RW/RAM drive upgrade for iBook G4

updated 02:55 pm EST, Mon November 17, 2003

iBook G4 with DVD-R/RW/RAM

today began offering Apple's new 12" and 14" iBook G4 notebook computers with a 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive option. Each Apple iBook with the internal MCE DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive includes DVD Authoring Software for Mac OS X for the creation of video DVDs, and Toast Lite software for burning audio and data CDs. The drive is compatible with iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto and other applications capable of burning CDs and DVDs. The 12" 800MHz Apple iBook G4 with internal 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive is $1,300, while the 14" iBook G4 933MHz and 1GHz, similarly equipped, are $1,500 and $1,700, respectively.

"For the lowest price ever offered for a DVD-burning Macintosh notebook,
users can now buy an Apple iBook G4 which can not only write to standard
700MB data and audio CDs, but is capable of creating real video DVDs,
playable on most computer and home DVD players, as well as writing to 4.7GB
data DVDs and up to 9.4GB DVD-RAM discs with drag & drop functionality for
reliably backing up large amounts of data at a time," stated Arnold Ramirez,
president of MCE.

The Apple iBook G4 with internal MCE 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R media at up to 2X speed, to 4.7GB single-sided or 9.4GB
double-sided DVD-RAM media at up to 2X speed, and to 4.7GB DVD-RW media at
1X speed. In addition, it writes to standard 650MB (74 minute) and 700MB
(80 minute) CD-R media at up to up to 16X speed, writes to standard CD-RW
media at up to 8X speed, reads DVD-ROM discs at up to up to 8X speed, and
reads standard CD-ROM discs at up to 24X speed.

The Internal MCE 2X DVD-R/RW + DVD-RAM drive for iBook G4 is compatible with Apple's iDVD, iTunes, and DVD Player. It also includes ImageMixer DVD
Authoring software for Mac OS X as well as Roxio's Toast Lite software to
facilitate faster and more efficient data DVD and CD recording. The drive's
drag & drop DVD-RAM function is compatible with Dantz Retrospect backup

by MacNN Staff





  1. Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969



    my gawd, how awfully slow. 4X is slow the way it is..

  1. Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this is your company

    Last month, the developer stopped sales and downloads of Netflix Fanatic. "Due to a dispute with my employer, I will no longer be developing or distributing Netflix Fanatic," the developer said on his Web site. "If another company or individual takes up the reins or decides to develop a similar product, I will update this page with that information."

    Most Netflix Fanatic users assumed that the developer had been strong-armed by some draconian corporate policy, but few knew who the employer actually was: Apple Computer. This information can be confirmed publicly: this resumé for the developer notes his employment by Apple.

    Further, sources told Think Secret that Apple has claimed ownership over the application's name and source code. At the time we spoke with our source, the developer had not yet handed the source code over to Apple, but that may well have changed since that time.

    One source makes the case that Apple is doing this illegally under California's labor laws, and, according to a quoted message sent to MacSlash, Netflix Fanatic's developer originally made the same argument before changing the message on his Web site. "Predictably, they will also not be developing or distributing it themselves, so the product is effectively at the end of its life. While I believe they are violating Section 2870 of the California Labor Code by doing this, I don't have the means to fight it," he reportedly said.

    According to the section of the labor code he referenced, if a company has an employment agreement with provisions saying employees must assign the rights of their inventions to their employer, those sections do not apply if the employee developed it on his or her own time, without using the employer's equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information. The exception to this law is an invention that relates to the employer's R&D or practice, or that results from work an employee did at the company. If Netflix Fanatic's developer showed that he developed the application independently from his work and resources at Apple, and that the application does not relate to Apple's R&D efforts, he may have a case under that section of the California Labor Code.

  1. Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: this is your company

    Ever heard of attributing your source? You just plagierized. Two wrongs don't make a right. Oh and by the way, yes I saw that article on Think Secret.

  1. Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: loser

    So what does that have to do with the SuperDrive upgrade for the G4 ibook? Get a life, dude.

    The superdrive + g4 ibook makes it a great alternative to the 12" powerbook. pay $500 more for an audio-in jack and a dvi port? yeah, right.

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