FastMac today announced a new 8x internal slot-loading DVD/CD burner for certain Apple laptops and desktops. FastMac’s 8x DVD±RW drive is compatible with all PowerBook G4, iBook G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, iMac G3 slot-load and iMac G5 models. Designed to replace Apple’s original optical drive, the FastMac 8x DVD±RW drive takes full advantage of popular DVD and CD creation software such as Apple’s iDVD, iTunes and Disc Burner, as well as Roxio’s Toast Titanium and Popcorn applications. The US$229 drive burns DVDs at 8x speed and rewrites DVDs at 4x speed. It also writes to DVD-RAM discs at 3x speed, CD-Rs at 24x speed, and CD-RWs at 10x speed.