• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    cd and dvd player lol

    I bought this for my Imac and one month later cd stuck and No way to take apart . I burn 4 cds and then when i put regular cd got stuck WASTE OF MONEY . I WOULD PAY 500 FOR CD PLAYER . THIS NOT WORTH A PENNY..

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply a sub-standard product

    I've also had Apple, Mac/Lisa, Windows and Linux computers, over the last 35 years. Apple usually provides fairly sound hardware products, but their CD/DVD devices have always been somewhat unreliable. This SuperDrive is probably the worst hardware Apple has ever produced, although the CD/DVDs previously built into their desktop/laptop MACs/iMacs for the last six years have also tended to be very unreliable (e.g., skipping files, ignoring inserted disks, refusing to write disks without error messages, not responding to the various software eject commands, etc.). I suspect much of the SuperDrive's shortfalls is due to software drivers and utilities in OSX. In my case, owning over 600 DVD movies and around 500 CD music albums, I love the access and reliability of having my favorites and classics readily and consistently available. I usually rip both formats for reliable daily use both at home and on truly mobile devices (phones, players, tablets etc.), although iTunes and Apple CD/DVD drives, including the SuperDrive, is making this much more difficult. Apparently my problems are being solved, since Apple has been eliminating built-in CD/DVD drives from their PCs, and the SuperDrive units I have owned have never been reliable performers. Due to lack of support for BluRay drivers, and having to rely on third party suppliers for external CD/DVD/BR devices is reducing the utility of Apple computers for my needs.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately the star system doesn't go low enough for this rubbish drive

    I bought the superdrive for my macbook pro retina, it reads ok but it will not work in iTunes burning discs. I had to use a ten year old external drive which worked perfectly fine. I'm looking forward to hearing what the tech guys say when i take it back.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    one star is a bit optimistic

    useless, first simply horrible apple product I've ever had.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid the SuperDrive at all costs

    I've owned Apple devices going back to my first computer, a II+. And this is the single worst piece of Apple hardware I have ever had the misfortune to have to use.

    It is useless if your purpose in owning it is to rip CDs to your iTunes or other music library. It will spit out perfectly clean CDs--no scratches, no smears, not CD-Rs or other "unusual" format--halfway through. Clean them, wipe them, nothing helps. Another song might get ripped, and then out comes the CD again. Over and over again.

    Buy literally any other brand of CD/DVD drive, and you are practically guaranteed better performance than with this paperweight. I'm going to return it to Apple after giving it more than a fair shot. Listen to everyone else on this board who has had a bad experience with the SuperDrive. I should've.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    glad it's external

    I'm glad this drive is external so I can throw it away.

    At first this drive seemed fine, but after some use (but mostly disuse) it stopped accepting a brand of blank DVD-R disks that it would previously burn without issue. No message, no indication of what is wrong... who knows. Perhaps it was an OS update, perhaps the drive has semi-died.

    I guess to be honest I have high standards for Apple products, and while this drive is OK, it doesn't meet Apple's high standards, IMO.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    toy

    Sorry I bought this. It's weak and slow, I thought the blank discs were bad. Problems went away when I bought good cd/dvd drive from Other World.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT SUPER**

    PLEASE do not purchase the USB Superdrive by Apple. The first CD I put in it could never finish installing. I blamed this on some possible scratching on the disc. I then proceeded to try to install my other CD's. Not one of them could be read by the disc drive and was forced to shut down my computer by the power button to eject disks. 80$ down the drain. I threw away the reciept being naive that it was an Apple product and would be good quality!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best Apple Product

    I recently purchased this USB Drive, and I have to say that it is not the best. My CDs keep getting ejected in the middle of playing/importing time after time. When it works, it works great, but it doesn't work all the time. It's pretty much a coin toss and can be very frustrating at times. One thing that has helped me with this issue is to wait for about 30 minutes after inserting the disc into the drive to play the disc. This doesn't make much sense, but this way my CDs are much less likely to be ejected while playing.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite nice and 'just works'!,

    While the build quality of this does seem a bit cheapy, I actually really like this. Like it or not, discs are getting less and less popular as time goes on. But if you need something to get your CDs into your Mac, this works great. I can also burn CDs and DVDs with it too. Yet, it puts away in a drawer when not in use making my desk less cluttered. This is also quite light and portable too so you can even take it with you places to use with your Macbook Air.

    I have the 27" 5K Retina late 2015 iMac, which is a really nice thin design. I wouldn't want it thicker just to have an occasionally used disc slot.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Air + iDVD + SuperDrive = Doesn't Work

    I know most of you are using software newer than iDVD. However, I copied it to my macbook air to burn a video and the error is saying that the superdrive is not compatible and I cannot burn any DVD's from iDVD.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok...

    It does what it's intended to do, but I just HATE how noisy it is.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Drive

    This little unit is great! It works as good as the drives that used to be in the Macs before they dropped them. It's quiet, easy to use, basically a plug and play system with the Mac. I have El Capitan and it works like it belongs there.

    Don't know what all the complainers are talking about. I've had none of the problems they're referring to. I've been downloading my CDs and playing movies on it and it's just doing it's job. Love it.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple CD Drive

    I recently got the MacBook Pro 13 inch with Retina Display, and I love it, but it doesn't have a CD Drive. I bought the one Apple offers and it's perfect. It's super easy to work and it is small and portable. Although, it does not play Blu Ray cd's. I suggest one look into that upon purchasing.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product, minor (ejection) flaw

    The Apple USB SuperDrive works as intended. It can read all kinds of CDs, DVDs, DVD movies etc. It also acts as a CD/DVD burner. After months of using one, I finally can give this review. It works well enough, but has one minor flaw. It seems that certain CD discs have a hard time being "ejected" by the drive. It may possibly depend on the brand of disc media being used, I think. My theory is that the mechanical power of the drive might not be strong enough to force CD discs out all the time. This makes sense since this SuperDrive is just powered by the tiny USB cabled power coming from your Mac. The drive itself does NOT have any internal power supply.

    The workaround is simple. Just use gravity, pick up your SuperDrive and tilt the front end (the one with the slot) facing 45 degrees downward, and then try ejecting the disc. With the help of gravity, you are helping the drive to "spit out" the disk. Just make sure your ejected disc doesn't go falling down onto the floor.

    Maybe a future firmware can be issued to help with this problem? Anyways, that's the only thing close to a "flaw" on this external drive. Otherwise it works as it was intended.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just got the Superdrive and can't wait to return it.

    I just bought a new iMac 27-inch to replace my iMac 24-inch from 2007. The original iMac's CD drive was a workhorse and only recently began to fail. I loved that drive. I probably burned 2,000+ CDs on it.

    I just bought the new Superdrive, since Apple, in all their infinite wisdom, decided a thin computer was more important than including a CD burner in a desktop computer. I just set up the new machine and the burner. The Superdrive has burned one CD without problem. Every other one has quit or failed. This thing is very poor. I wanted to give this device zero stars.

    Time to find a third-party model on the web.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful for $49 and attractive!

    I've had this thing for 3 years + and I've never had an issue, it's plugged into my Thunderbolt monitor. I'm copying a disc right now to iTunes and of course it's working great. I've burned a lot of movies and never an issue works perfect. No issues operating the thing, it spits out DVD's and CDs when I ask it to, never before or mysteriously. I'm really surprised hearing all the negative reviews on this. I didn't have to get one with what I have, but I felt that my computer would not be complete without a disc drive. Plus it's quite attractive as well.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassing lack of quality

    Bought one, it would randomly eject disks and often couldn't read disks at all. Exchanged for another and had the same problem. Returned and bought a different brand (much cheaper, even!) and it works perfectly. It is crazy that Apple can't put a decent drive into this product as it *looks* nice :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE

    Just purchased an Apple Superdrive! Turns out that the product came unable to read discs and in turn, scratches them up! PLEASE DO NOT buy the disc drives from apple as this is my third one from them and came broken every time! time to get a different brand

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassing, not up to Apple standards

    Same problem as most others have described: Bought it to copy CDs onto my Mac, but from the start found that it caused problems with almost every CD I inserted into the drive. All the CDs were originals, and in good shape, so cannot blame it on them. Brought the drive back to the store the same day, they gave me another one to try there, same problem with the second drive again. Returned it for a full refund, as this device is pretty much useless as it stands. Was very disappointed as it is far below the standard of all the other Apple products that I own. Would advise against purchasing this.

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