Iomega (die eindelijk heeft ontdekt dat het magnetische Zip gebeuren niet meer van deze tijd is, en daarom maar achter de CD-RW trein aan huppelt) heeft een externe USB versie van de ZipCD CD-Rewriter aangekondigd:
Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM - news), a leader in smart, portable storage solutions, today introduced the ZipCD(TM) external Universal Serial Bus (USB) CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) drive that enables customers to record, create, share and archive up to 650MB of data on a common CD format. Iomega's ZipCD drives are high-capacity, easy-to-use and ideal for saving and sharing original music, personal photos, games, Internet content and more.
The ZipCD(TM) 4x4x6 external USB drive offers an innovative external design and complements Iomega's ZipCD 4x4x24 internal drive, introduced in August 1999, providing customers with a choice of optical storage methods.
``Optical storage, especially CDs, are universal. The proliferation of CD-ROM drives provides consumers with a comfort level regarding the CD platform,'' said Mary Craig, principal analyst, Optical Disk Drives Worldwide at Gartner Group's Dataquest. ``Dataquest is projecting continued solid growth in this segment of the optical storage market with CD-RW drive shipments expected to grow to at least 43 million drives in 2003. The leaders in this growing market will be companies with marketing and channels muscle and a strong brand identity.''
The ZipCD(TM) external USB drive supports standard CD-Recordable (CD-R), CD-ReWriteable (CD-RW) and CD-Read-Only-Memory (CD-ROM) discs, offering customers a universal platform for organizing and archiving files without cluttering up their hard drive or network. By supporting the USB standard, the ZipCD external USB drive is easy to attach and install to computers and laptops, eliminating the need for larger parallel port or SCSI conversion cables or rebooting the computer.