Hey ya'll. I got some great advice from you guys a couple of days ago. I have one more decision to make, and I should be buying my new 15" 1.25 powerbook today. I'll use the computer for surfing the web, light data processing, proposal writing and spreadsheets, soon downloading music, and eventually light photoshop work. This will be my only computer. Is there any reason to buy a superdrive if I don't own a video camera and don't make movies, and I don't expect to have huge amounts of data to back up? I do plan to eventually buy an ipod and load a very large music collection into my powerbook and then onto the ipod. Someone said the combo drive is actually faster for that function. True? The only purpose I could imagine for a superdrive is putting together a reel. I'm a beginning actor, and hopefully, within a couple of years will be putting together a reel to send out out (an edited compilation of clips that feature my work). Any of you know anyone who's done that? So far, I've received copies of my work on video. I'd have to buy some kind of adaptor to get video onto dvd. Perhaps by the time I do that, it would be cheaper to hire someone to make my reel. Anyone have any info? Could I use my ipod to back up info instead of superdrive? I tend to keep my laptops for four or five years - until they're gasping for life. So probably resell value isn't a big issue. If it seems like I need the superdrive, I'll get it - but if I can save the $200 by swapping it out, it means I can get the ipod sooner. Thanks so much for your help! It's great to have a place like this where a technophobe can go with questions.