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i'm thinking of getting a dvd burner that I just found for a really good deal. It's a DVD+R/RW. And since i'm really out of the loop on dvd burning technology i'm wondering what the difference is between DVD+R and DVD-R, and whether I need to worry at all.

I've tried to look up some information but i haven't been able to find anything much better than "they are competing formats and certain players will only play one or the other format, while most players will play both formats".

help? also, i'd love some links to information about these technologies. I like to keep up on this kind of stuff, but I seem to only do it when it directly affects me.

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Basically, that's the main different between + and - (that certain players will only play + or -). Also, you'll more than likely find that DVD+R media will be more expensive than -R.

Edit: check here for more info

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Insanity Plea
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Unless it's a dual-layer burner, you can get +/- burners for rather good prices now ($40ish). (current deals here)

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Jacare Sorridente
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Keep in mind that buying a burner doesn't mean that you can actually burn anything. For some odd reason, burners are about the only piece of hardware I know of which require you to buy a separate piece of software in order to perform their primary function.

I recently bought a burner myself and I have been researching things a little. It sounds to me like Nero 6 is the burning program of choice for most "serious" DVD types. I ordered myself an OEM copy for $2.50 + $5 shipping. Of course the OEM version comes with no manual and may have certain features disabled, but the "ultimate" retail version costs anywhere from $50 on up.

Other folks seem to like the Roxio program, though some complain that it doesn't work right with some brands of burner.

Anyway, good luck and I hope it works out for you.

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