Thanks for your question weegee!
Since I'm in the process of building a G4 based machine at the moment,
your question was one I had as well! Thanks for giving me the
opportunity to research it.
The short answer is that yes, an internal Pioneer A05 DVD-R drive will
work with the iApps from Apple, as long as you're using OS X version
In my search I uncovered the following tidbits of information that may
be of interest to you:
Over at CNET, you'll find a comment from a satisifed A05 user who saw
the drive work on his machine with iDVD and other iApps:
One of the best Mac 'Tweak' sites, xlr8yourmac.com, has a few
discussions in their forums regarding the Pioneer drives. Each of
these threads refers to the Pioneer A05/105 drive working with iDVD:
Finally, I came across a German thread on Google groups
(groups.google.com). I translated the thread and was able to get this
english translation in regards to the A05 drive:
"Yes, since Mac OS X 10,2,2 it fully supported. With iDVD functions
all internal DVD burner, which is built by Apple in the appropriate
models. Possibly also different models (however in each case Dvd r,
with iDVD 3 one is Dvd rw without also cheats to burn to be able). To
this topic always http://www.xlr8yourmac.com is/very recommendable"
You can find the German version of the thread here:
So, with reaction from literally across the globe, the answer to your
question is: yes. It appears that if you're running OS X 10.2.2 you
should be able to use the A05 drive with your G4 and have full access
to the iApps.