At the beginning of the month I was trying to track this down and got told
Dear Mr. McCook:
Everything we have today is shipping to retail for the holiday season. We expect normal shipments will resume by the middle of November.
Thank you for your interest in Plextor and its products.
I haven't heard back from my inquiry this week. The few online retailers I can find that have any information say they expect to have the drive in stock Jan 10, 2005
XP 2500+ @ 2.2GHz | MSI KT6 Delta-LSR | 2 x 512MB Corsair XMS PC3200 | Saphire Radeon 9700 PRO | SB Audigy 2 ZS | WD 1600JD SATA | Plextor 24x10x40 CDRW | Pioneer 16x DVD | Tt Silent Boost | Antec P160-WF | Antec TrueBlue 480