• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless device

    This "device" is a piece of junk, literally!
    Will not eject disks, messes up OS, and requires multiple attempts to remove the disks from the screen/system,
    I just smashed one out of frustration on concrete floor. Shame on you people who designed this... (or maybe who made this....)
    Do not buy! Waste of money!

    43 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buggy, works sometimes and sometimes does NOT

    I bought this for my 27" iMac late 2013 model. I am using it with Vinyl Studio to digitize vinyl LP's. I ruined about 5 discs before I discovered that if I want it to work I have to reset the SMC pretty much every time I turn on the Mac. Unplug it before reboot, then plug it back in. I'm sorry, this is not a good drive and I don't recommend it.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Life saver!

    My boyfriend recently got me this for christmas and i absolutely love it! I don't understand what all the other reviews are talking about, it's fast, the disc ejects easily, AND music could be synced to the iTunes. Overall a really good product and would recommend to others.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Super Drive

    Does not work. I bought it last spring and have used it maybe 3 times. Tried to burns some iTunes music and it just makes a weird noise. I'm taking mine back to Best Buy to get my money back.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive

    Purchased this drive a few months ago. I used it three times and the disk wouldn't eject. Tried all the options I could find online and posts. My Mac couldn't eject this disk and I was getting multiple error messages. Well it's sitting on my shelf with the disk in it and I had to purchase a different brand. I would not recommend this product

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    medium write error

    I bought this drive to work with my MacBook Air, and the results have been disappointing.It plays CDs and DVDs flawlessly, but I receive a "medium write error" message about 50% of the time I attempt to burn a CD, and it doesn't matter what brand of discs I use. This is an inferior product and there has been no helpful support from Apple to find remedies for this problem. I have wasted money on the CDs that do not burn properly.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 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..

    28 of 36 people found this useful

  • 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.

    46 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    one star is a bit optimistic

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

    26 of 62 people found this useful

  • 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.

    43 of 50 people found this useful

  • 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.

    25 of 28 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.

    19 of 24 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!

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 14 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.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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.

    17 of 19 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.

    11 of 14 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.

    24 of 26 people found this useful