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Yamaha Brings Internal 44x CD-R to Macintosh

CRW-F1 drive includes laser labeling mechanism By Dave Nagel
Yamaha says the internal EIDE version of its CRW-F1 CD burner is now compatible with Macintosh G4 systems. Yamaha makes a number of CD-RW drives that are compatible with the Mac OS, including two variations on the CRW-F1, but these are mostly external FireWire, SCSI or USB 1.1/2.0 models.

The internal CRW-F1 has all of the same specs as the external versions but comes in at a considerably lower price point. It's also designed specifically for the latest-generation dual-processor G4 systems with the mirrored drive bays. It offers 44x write, 24x rewrite and 44x read speeds. The average access speed is 130 milliseconds, with a maximum data transfer of 6,600 KB per second. It has an 8 MB buffer and includes constant angular velocity technology for speeding up the burning process. It supports 74-, 80-, 90- and 99-minute CD formats.

In addition, the drive also features Yamaha's "DiscT@2" ("Disc Tattoo") laser labeling system, which is capable of laser-burning text and graphics onto a disc, replacing the need for stick-on labels. The internal model now ships with a Macintosh-specific software bundle, including Roxio Toast 5 Lite, Adobe Photoshop LE and MusicMatch Jukebox.

The internal CRW-F1 is available now for $129.99. The external FireWire/USB 2.0 version sells for $279.99. And the external SCSI version sells for $329.99. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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