I bought the 1.66 core duo in august with 512 memory, superdrive. I love osx, the applications, how easily things work, never crashing, etc. What I can't stand is the fact that when I rip a cd (with lame encoder that i downloaded), It rips at 0.9x to 1.0x speed. This is rediculous. Now, I do understand that it's ripping and encoding at the same time, but my PC rips and encodes about 70% faster than my precious mini. Maybe it's just the specifics of the superdrive that's annoying to me, i dunno. But that is the one thing that I cannot stand. So, this last cd that I ripped, it took one hour. That is just annoying. Is there anything that I should be doing something different? I still love apple and apple products. But the one thing that I use a computer for quite a bit has a very low performance; and this is frustrating. Thanks.