Reprinted from a Plextor press release:

Plextor Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of DVD and CD recording equipment, today announced the new PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive. The external DVD/CD burner delivers fast 4X DVD+R Writing, 2.4X DVD+RW Rewriting, and 12X max DVD-Reading; the versatile 6-in-1 drive also supports 16X CD Writing, 10X CD-Rewriting, and 40X CD-Reading.

The PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive features Plextor’s first dual interface to support both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and full-speed compliant IEEE-1394 FireWire for high-speed data transfer. Now PlexWriter customers can easily share a single DVD/CD recorder among multiple Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows-based personal computer systems. The new Plextor drive also bundles a package of premium digital media software from Roxio (Nasdaq:ROXI), including Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition, and PhotoSuite 5 SE and Toast 5 Lite.

“Many of the people who purchase PlexWriter drives also use Apple Macintosh computers, and we want them to be able to take advantage of the performance and convenience of FireWire connectivity,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “It’s not uncommon for a single household to have both Windows PCs and Apple Macintoshes. With the new PX-504UF, Mom and Dad can use the PlexWriter drive on the Windows PC to backup work data to a CD, and then five minutes later the kids can use the exact same external drive to play a DVD on the Macintosh in their room.”

“We’re pleased to be expanding our relationship with a leader in the CD and DVD burning market,” said Brad Duea, vice president of worldwide OEM sales for Roxio. “By integrating Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition, PhotoSuite 5 SE and Toast 5 Lite with its new external PX-504UF drive, Plextor is providing its customers with a flexible and powerful package of hardware and software so users can easily create and manage their digital media, whether they have a Mac, a PC or both.”

Plextor PX-504UF DVD+R/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-504UF is a highly versatile DVD/CD burner specifically designed to deliver high-quality recording performance. The drive gives users the ability to create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs using video, photos, audio, and data. Users can use the Roxio applications to back up and archive up to 4.7GB on a single-sided Recordable DVD disc and create photo albums for viewing with DVD players.

Lossless-linking technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, so there is no need to reload DVD content back to a PC to make minor changes, and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits. The unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 5.5 MB/sec., allowing users to burn a 4.7GB CD disc in less than fifteen minutes.

Software Bundle – Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition, PhotoSuite 5 SE, and Toast 5 Lite
Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition includes DVD Builder, Roxio’s DVD authoring application that allows consumers to capture digital video, add transitions and background music, create animated menus, organize clips and photos into custom slide shows, and burn to a DVD or CD that can be played in set-top DVD players. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition combines the power of Easy CD Creator Basic and DVD Builder into one complete, easy to use, integrated solution. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition includes DirectCD (packet writing), CD and DVD pre-mastering, DVD video authoring, one-button CD copier, and the ability to create enhanced and mixed-mode CDs. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition simplifies the production of DVD videos while also providing the ability to create music CDs, photo slide shows synchronized with music, data CDs and DVDs, and back up copies of personal discs.

Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE allows consumers to capture, organize, edit and share digital photos. It includes simple electronic albums and a combination of automated and advanced photo editing tools, including the ability to easily remove red-eye and wrinkles, lighten or darken, crop and rotate. Consumers can also print and share online or quickly E-mail them without leaving the program. With PhotoSuite 5 SE’s integrated Easy CD Creator burning technology, Plextor consumers will be able to burn photos to CD, Video CD or DVD.

Roxio Toast 5 Lite is a limited version of Toast 5 Titanium, the comprehensive, all-in-one DVD and CD burner software that enables consumers to create, organize, share and store all of their digital content on CDs or DVDs. Roxio’s award winning Toast DVD and CD burner software works with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.1

Pricing and Availability
The Plextor PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in June 2003. It will also be available nationwide through Best Buy stores. The PX-504UF drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $329.00 USD. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty. Reservations for the PX-504UF drive are now being accepted at http://www.plextorshop.com.

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