this drive comes with winoncd3.6 software and considering it lacks the ability to burn mp3 files as cd audio tracks this can be a disadvantage. However software such as easy cd creator 4 can be purchased separately at a relatively low price. The drive is firmware upgradable which means that its performance can be upgraded as mitsumi release new patches, you will be likely to get a good 2000 cd's out of this drive. As with all CD-RW's it should be set to primary master so it has full control over the IDE channel. With the price of 8 speed CD-RW's becoming increasingly competitive then it might be worth spending an extra 10 pounds to get an alternative model.