CD-ROM drives still asked
Even in times when CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives are too widely available on the market, it is still the normal CD-ROM drive that sells the most. A total of 42 percent of the approximately 188 million computer drives sold worldwide are CD-ROM drives.
With around 30 Percent is followed by sales of CD-RW drives, and DVD-ROM drives have made up only 19 percent to date. At least these are the official figures of the Taiwanese 'Photonic Industry and Technology Development Association' (PIDA). In addition, the Taiwanese drive manufacturers supply 46 percent of the CD-ROMs produced worldwide, 44 percent of the CD-RW and 32 percent of the DVD-ROM drives, according to the PIDA. The price for CD-RW drives is expected to fall by more than 20 percent next year, although sales are only expected to be slightly higher than this year. Around 58.56 million units are expected to be sold next year - around 56 million units are expected this year.