on Wednesday announced that it is shipping an 18x DVD±R/RW+DL (Dual/Double Layer) internal SuperDrive intended for installation in Mac Pros and Power Mac systems. The drive costs $59.
The MCE drive can burn 16x-rated 4.7GB DVD-R and DVD+R media at up to 18x speed, or 24.75MB per second. It can also burn DVD+R (DL) double layer media and DVD-R dual layer media at up to 10x speed (13.75MB/sec). It can burn 4.7GB DVD-RW and DVD+RW media at up to 6x and 8x respectively, and writes to standard CD-R media at up to 40x speed. The drive also writes DVD-RAM discs (at 5x), reads DVD-ROM discs (at up to 16x) and reads standard CD-R and CD-ROM discs at up to 40x.
The drive is compatible with Mac OS X and works with iTunes and Finder Burning. It’s compatible with iDVD and iDVD Studio Pro using Mac OS X v10.2 or later. It works with any Power Mac G3, G4 or G5 system, in addition to the Mac Pro. It ships with 10 pieces of DVD-R media and installation instructions.