With my LaCie DVD +-RW 16x4x16x Double Layer Firewire Drive connected to my Mac G4 and eventual goal of making a bunch of CDs and DVDs, my questions now are:
1. Can I have someone else burn a CD on a Lightscribe-enabled disk, then send me the disk to label, or must it ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS be done at the same time on the same machine?
The thing is, I plan to burn the DVDs myself, but as for the CDs, I'm having one friend do the photo CDs and another the music CDs, as both are professionals with the proper expertise and equipment for these things, and I'd much rather pay them to do these and waste my own time and effort hitting my head against the wall tearing my hair out attempting to make DVDs only rather than throwing in negative and photo scanning and music. So can I go ahead and either buy blank CDs and supply them to my friends, or instruct them what sort to buy, then burn professional-looking labels using Lightscribe after the fact when the CDs are finished? Same question with if I burn a DVD in my player's burner, can I then turn around and make a label using my Lightscribe burner?
2. As for the DVDs. I was instructed by those in the know online to buy Taiyo-Yuden as the most reliable brand, in DVD-R, and ONLY DVD-R format. Trouble is, I didn't know at the time I asked about DVDs that for Lightscribe labeling to work required a disk enabled for such labeling. (I haven't actually MADE a label yet--but I have learned THAT much!) So anyhow, I went online and can't find that Taiyo-Yuden manufactures ANY Lightscribe-enabled disks. Please inform me if this is incorrect. I went to several stores, and could find Lightscribe-enabled DVDs ONLY in +R format. Finally, at Best Buy, which I figured had the best selection and price and most knowledgeable staff, I asked why this was. The only brand they had featuring Lightscribe had CDs in +R and -R but DVDs only in +R. The Best Buy guys told me +R was the "new standard," and -R wouldn't be made any more by that company if by anyone. My friend doing the music says they're full of it. Are the Best Buy boys full of it, or not? If they are, what awful thing will happen as a result of having bought +R rather than -R? (I found only one DVD -R Lightscribe-enabled disk anywhere, made by HP.)
If what I bought at Best Buy works, I've more than half a mind to keep getting disks that way, as those sold in bulk online don't include jewel cases. So by the time I bought a stack of disks at one place, an equal number of jewel cases at the same or a different place, then add shipping for all of the above, I'm probably spending as much or more than to buy them together all at once at Best Buy. IF they work, and IF something awful does not happen due to me having bought DVD +R rather than DVD -R. If something awful does happen, watch this space!