Microsoft backs DVD rewritable group

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  1. Pablo macrumors regular

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    Obviously the DVD+RW camp just got a whole lot of leverage...

    http://news.com.com/2100-1040-985787.html?tag=fd_top

     
  2. makkystyle macrumors regular

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    so what's the deal here? Can DVD+RW be read/played by most component machines like DVD-R???

    Maybe Apple is positioning itself on the fence with the introduction of the Sony drives into new iMacs so that in case the other side does get too much leverage they are not left out in the cold.
     
  3. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    Or is Microsoft aggressively trying to curtail Apple's growth. (First Connectix, then alienating Apple by crippling DVD-R?)
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Apple can go either way on this. They refer to their DVD-R drives as "SuperDrive". If the standard becomes DVD+R/RW, they can easily put one in and still call it a SuperDrive.

    This leaves Apple a lot of wriggle room. They haven't backed themselves into a corner.
     
  5. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, but it certainly has me second guessing a decision to incest over $3k in a new Powerbook that might not service my needs for as long as I was expecting.
     
  6. timbloom macrumors 6502a

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    The reason apple used dvd-rw is because it was out, while dvd+rw was still being developed. +RW does have some really good advantages over it, and it will not hurt Apple in the slightest to move to the + standard, or best yet, use that drive that they are allready putting into some BTO iMacs that has the ability to do both standards. Which would be much more effective, but maybe a slight bit confusing.
    But just to clarify, Apple is not hurt by microsoft having them adopt this. And microsoft is not gaining anything, other than a slightly better standard.
     
  7. macphoria macrumors 6502a

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    Big issue with DVD+R/RW is that they won't play in majority of home DVD players, whereas DVD-R will.

    Advantage of DVD+R/RW is that they are designed to be used as data storage media, meaning it could be used as ordinary floppy disk. And when new DVD players come out with DVD+R/RW compatibility, they can also be used as video media.

    But for now, DVD-R seems make more sense. We'll see how things will change in the future.
     
  8. Mr. MacPhisto macrumors 6502

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    Yes, DVD+RW can be read by most DVD players. My brother has burned several and I've seen them read in various brands of players.
     
  9. timbloom macrumors 6502a

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    According to the dvdrw.com people, +rw plays in more players than -rw.
     

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