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Did Apple Adopt the Sony Superdrive


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From MacRumors.com:

" just purchased a new 1.0 GHz iMac from an Apple store yesterday. To my surprise the Apple System Profiler reported that the DVD drive was not a Pioneer drive, but instead is a Sony DVD RW DW-U10A. Apparently this is a DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW drive. I had not been aware that Apple changed DVD drive hardware venders."

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Hmm... what formats did the 'old' superdrive handle? I'm confused about the DVD formats and such, can somebody explain what ones the macs can use and what ones the dvd players use?

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That's news to me, I thought Apple was using only Pioneer drives.

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Hmm... what formats did the 'old' superdrive handle? I'm confused about the DVD formats and such, can somebody explain what ones the macs can use and what ones the dvd players use?
The Pioneer drive only supports dvd-r and dvd-rw
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Source: News.com:

"Astute buyers of some of Apple's latest crop of flat-screen iMacs have noticed that their DVD-burners are made by Sony.

The discovery raised hopes that the Macs might be able to burn both the DVD-R media Apple has supported and the DVD+R media it has spurned. That's because Sony is unique in the industry in offering drives that write to both rival formats.

However, Apple confirmed that iMacs, even those with Sony DVD burners, can only use DVD-R media. The Mac maker wouldn't say whether the +R media support was disabled in hardware or software.

So why, one might ask, would Apple use the Sony drives only to disable the dual compatibility consumers love? A number of PC makers are said to have coveted the Sony drives during a time when it appeared there might not be enough of the single-format drives available. Hewlett-Packard, one of the strongest backers of the DVD+R format, is said to have considered a move similar to Apple's, but with DVD-R support disabled instead."

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Hmm... I really don't mind what my DVD burner can do, as long as I can burn a DVD and give it to another mac and allow them to read it. Ive got two Pioneer drives.
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