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    burning dvds...
    I'll be buying a external superdrive next week, Im just curious on the difference between dvd+r and dvd-r, and which should I use.

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    Just buy a DVD±R, solve all your problems.

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    k, whats the difference between that dvd±r and a dvd-/+r

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    it's the same. advertisers just can't be arsed to find the symbol so they use -/+

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    Quote Originally Posted by hype.it
    it's the same. advertisers just can't be arsed to find the symbol so they use -/+

    I was told that Apple superdrives can only burn DVD -R. I have not tried a DVD+R in my superdrive. I have used both formats on my PC and I have not really noticed any difference in terms of speed of burning, integrity of the data burned or the quality of burned data or video. Some reviews have stated that DVD-R's are more compatible with more brands of DVD players.

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    Most, if not all, current model Apple machines by default use a pioneer drive based off the DVD Forum DVD-R preferred standard. Unfortunately DVD-R don't support multi-layer burning, where as DVD+R media does. I think the DVD Forum is pushing to make DVD-R the standard for the obvious piracy reasons (hollywood can buy >4.7GB DVDs, consumers cannot. without multiple layers, it makes it harder for consumers to make a copy without knowledge of compression or the proper tools).

    Besides the notebooks, all Apple machines support many other optical drives with an IDE interface. I personally upgraded to the Pioneer A07-U (8x +/-)

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    Wrong... DVD-R does support dual layer.

    http://www.dvdrw.com/press/duallayer.htm

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    that link supports my statement on DVD+R multi-layer burning.

    while DVD-R have the same potential for larger capacities, they were setup using a much denser film (which makes sense, they came out first and we've come a long way in LASER technology and its applications with thermodynamics). a denser film would make it harder for a LASER to have consistent reflection of light.

    however, they are coming closer to having dual-layer DVD-R:
    http://www.pioneer.co.jp/press/release125.html

    i think this kinda defeats the purpose of having a standard, since DVD-Rs work in the majority of DVD players(about 96% and DVD+R is about 87% according to CDRinfo test results), and this new dual-layer technology can't guarantee the same compatibility

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    Um.... McFanboyism comes to mind....

    *trashes mac*

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