updated 11:55 pm EDT, Wed September 3, 2003
Apple has posted a members, offering the ability to select any folder on any hard drive as a destination for your backup, including external FireWire hard drives, network servers, or even an iPod. It also features the ability to schedule these backups, adds support for third-party CD and DVD drives, and expands CD and DVD support beyond Apple-supplied internal optical drives to many third-party drives. It also lets you mix different optical disk types in a single backup set. It is only available to .Mac members and requires Mac OS X 10.2.6.
"The Backup Beta software will terminate automatically on January 31, 2004. All backup functionality will be disabled and you will receive an out-of-date alert instructing you to go to .Mac for the latest update."
"After January 31, 2004, you can access your backups to iDisk, CD, or DVD with any version of Backup or in the Finder (press the Control key and click your backup package, then select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu). You can only access "Back Up to Drive" backups using the Finder."