amiga, I feel your pain. Looks like MCE is $179! Thats sticker shock for us desktop people used to paying $60 for a DVD burner! . :P I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the iMac is expensive because its a laptop optical drive. Those babies have a hefty price (probably a very nice profit margin) whether you buy one that is guaranteed to work for your Mac (from MCE) or a generic one (check out "slot loading drive" on froogle). I say go for the MCE if you love your iMac. The cool thing about the MCE drive is they guarantee the drive is bootable (nothing like realizing this after the fact :ohmy: ). I'd encourage you to upgrade to a Mac Mini or a used PowerMac G4 off ebay instead tho.

Let us know what you find.