Apple is offering a free VST CD-RW with every PowerBook G4 sold through its US Apple Store.

Apple's promotional message reads: "The titanium PowerBook G4 now comes with the power to burn. Buy one between June 15 and September 3, 2001, and you’ll get a free SmartDisk VST FireWire CD/RW Drive to create custom CDs of anything you want. It’s the best way to burn this summer."

However, this offer only applies to US customers - Apple's UK customers are currently being offered no such deals for PowerBook purchases. Apple UK representatives were unavailable to clarify if the offer would reach the UK.

Apple watchers are speculating that the VST move is a sign Apple is preparing to release a new PowerBook with a built-in CD-RW.

Others point to recent industry gossip hinting that VST parent-company SmartDisk may be withdrawing from the Mac market. This speculation was fuelled partly by uncorroborated claims that SmartDisk and VST had no presence at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month.