I'm very dissapointed Apple has not stepped it up on the optical drive - I mean come on, 24x cd write speeds?! 2.4x for Dual Layer DVDs?! This is insane! The drive should write AT LEAST at 48x! I don't know what's going on, the drive does not live up to its name in the least. Here are specs from a mid-level NEC dual layer drive that's equipped in many PC boxes. We need something like this. I'm pretty disgusted. o DVD-RW: 6x max. o DVD +R: 16x max. o DVD-R: 16x max. o DVD +RW: 8x max. o DVD Dual Layer: 8x max. o DVD-R Dual Layer: 6x o CD-R: 48x max o CD-RW: 32x max Yes, these are WRITE speeds.