Several weeks ago Pioneer noted a problem between its DVD-R optical drive mechanisms and high speed DVD-R and DVD-RW media that can, under certain circumstances, cause the drive to fail when attempting to write to them. Now Apple has offered a firmware update for 15-inch flat panel iMacs equipped with SuperDrives to overcome this problem.
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Audio CDs pressed by some major music publishers now feature a copy protection scheme that prevents them from being duplicated on CD-R-based computers. Unfortunately, the copy protection employs intentional encoding errors during the mastering process that can cause fits for the Macintosh. Apple noted that the firmware update also enables iMac users to eject audio CDs that are copy-protected or have mastering errors made in this fashion.
Mac OS X 10.1 or later is required. Interestingly, as MacCentral posted this article there was no indication of similar updates for SuperDrive-equipped 17-inch iMacs or Power Mac G4s. Apple makes it clear in the documentation that this update is intended solely for 15-inch flat panel iMacs equipped with SuperDrives.