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---  NEWS  --- APRIL 2000 ---  NEWS  ---
28 April 2000
CD-Writer & CD-ROM Reviews CD Reviews
If you are looking to Buy a CD-Writer or CD-ROM then here is an overview of all available Reviews from the last 4 weeks:
The Week in Review CD/DVD NewsWire
CD News:
DVD News:
MP3/Audio News:
27 April 2000
CD/DVD Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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DDump FrontEnd 0.8
CloneCD 2.1.0.4
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NTI CD Maker Pro 3.6.930
RSJ CD Writer [OS2] 3.01
26 April 2000
Creative CD-RW Blaster 12432
Creative has introduced it's new CD-ReWriter flagship, the CD-RW Blaster 12432. The drive is based on the Plextor PX-W8432T.
CD-RW Blaster 12432 Specifications:
  • 12x Write, 4x ReWrite & 32x Read
  • E-IDE/Atapi Interface
  • 4 MB Buffer
  • Supports CD Text (Read/Write)

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Lasonic DVD-2000/8050 Consumer DVD/VCD/CD/MP3 Player
The Lasonic DVD-2000 is made by Lasonic which has offices and factories in the US, Taiwan & China. The player is not really region free but rather regio selectable. Using the remote control the desired region can be selected.

It also does not display the titles of the MP3 files, this is not really an issue as the other consumer player only display "short names"( 8+3 characters), which is in most cases useless as it is too short! If this is all not enough then there are also 2 buildin games (Tetris & Othello) for you to play!

The Lasonic DVD-2000 is currently being sold in Europe for EUR 325,-

Lasonic DVD-2000 Specifications:
  • Compatible with DVD Video, CD-DA, Video CD 1.1, Video CD 2.0 CDR, CD-R/W, MP3
  • Video NTSC-M or PAL-B/G/H/I - Factory Programmed
  • Audio PCM (44.1, 48 or 96KHz), MPEG-II Layer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Channels
  • Supports DTS Surround Sound
  • CSS-Encrypted Play & Anti-Taping (Macrovision 7.01)

Lasonic DVD-2000
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The Lasonic DVD-8050 is exacly the same as the DVD-2000. The only difference is that it also features Karaoke functions.
CD/DVD Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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CDCheck 2.0.2.249
CloneCD 2.1.0.3
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DecodeVOB 1.4
25 April 2000
CD/DVD Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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DDump FrontEnd 0.71
DirectCD 3.01c
DVD Genie 3.43
EasyCD Creator 4.02c
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HyCD Play&Record 3.1.0420
VOBGUi for VobDec 0.x 0.44
WriteDVD! 2000 1.01
HotBurn 1.2.2
Nero 5.0
On the 30th of April Ahead will release the latest Nero release:  Nero Burning Rom 5.0.

New features will be support for multiple burning to more than one burner at the same time, support for SVCD (Super VideoCD), extended support for adding graphics to VCD's. Extended support for M3U Playlists and much more! Read the Nero 5.0 Press-Release to know everything!

21 April 2000
Traxdata Delays CD-R99 Media
Traxdata decided to delay the release of their CD-R99 media (TXS1299JC) because of compatibility issues. The manufacturers of CD-R Media & CD-Writers did not manage to come to an agreement concerning the use & compatibility of this media.
Traxdata 80 Minutes MiniDiscs
It was just a matter of time before the 80 minutes "virus" also jumped over to other media as Traxdata seems to be selling 80 minutes MiniDisc's (TXA80MD) instead of the usual 60 or 74 minutes discs.

Until now Traxdata has only been selling the TXA74MD 74 minutes discs.

CD/DVD Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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CloneCD 2.0.6.2
CD Bremse 0.6
PrimoCD PX Engine 1.0.138
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SoundForge 4.5g Build 371 
VobDec - DeCSS Tool 0.3
VobDecGui 1.0
18 April 2000
BlindRead Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added BlindRead 3.0.0.22 Final to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

New Features since the Previous Version:

  • Enumeration of devices should now work properly.
  • Full support of the Kenwood TRUE 52x and 72x units.
  • Full reading support of the TEAC 55S and tweaked TEAC 56s and 58s - For these units, data & audio extraction shall now work "the pedal to the metal !"
CD/DVD Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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B's Recorder GOLD [Mac] 1.1.0
BlindRead 3.0.0.22 Final
Data Net-Burner 1.22a
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RSJ CD Writer [Win9X] 1.50
VobDec - DeCSS Tool 0.2
VOBractor 0.2 Beta
MP3/Audio Software Releases MP3/Audio Software
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Audioactive Player

2.06b

CDMaster32 3.6.0.0 Beta
CoolPlayer 1.0 build 7198
Easy CD-DA Extractor 4.0.2
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Sonique

1.51

UltraPlayer

0.97

Winamp

2.62

15 April 2000
Plextor Added MMC DAO RAW Mode Writing Firmwares
It seems that the cooperation between Plextor and CloneCD has very fruitful, as Plextor has released new firmwares which support writing in MMC DAO RAW mode and CloneCD is the first to support the following drives:
Goodman GCDR10 Standalone CD-Recorder & MP3 Player MP3 Players
The GCDR10 is able to encode MP3s in realtime either from a CD or downloading them from a PC via the parallel or USB port.
Goodman GCDR10 Features:
  • CD-R & CD-RW Compatible
  • USB & Parallel Port

The Goodman GCDR10 will be available in Europe as of August 2000 for EUR 660,-

Goodman GDMP330 Portable MP3/CD Player Features:
  • Compatible with CD-R & CD-RW Media
  • 45 seconds ASP (Anti Shock Proof)

The Goodman GDMP330 will be available in Europe as of July 2000 for EUR 149,-

CD/DVD, Audio & MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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DDump 1.07 beta 2
CloneCD 2.0.5.1
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NTI CD Maker Pro 3.6.920
12 April 2000
Sanyo SPP-PD7 Portable MP3/AAC Player MP3 Players
The Sanyo SPP-PD7 is the first portable audio player which will support the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format. AAC surpasses MP3 in both compression ration & sound quality and will be an big contender when MP3 is replaced.
Sanyo SPP-PD7 Features:
  • MP3 & AAC Multi-Decode System
  • 4-5 hours Audio Playback
  • Uses a MultiMedia card
  • SDMI Compliant
  • Weight: 58g

The Sanyo SPP-PD7 is currently on sale in Japan for 37,000 (US$ 346)

iPlayMP3 Moveman Portable MP3 Player MP3 Players
The iPlayMP3 Moveman is a CompactFlash (CF) Type I & II portable MP3 player. It includes a full LCD display & user-friendly controls. The Moveman is available in three versions: no memory (iPM-MM01), 56MB (iPM-MM56) & 80MB (iPM-MM80)
iPlayMP3 Moveman Features:
  • 0, 56 or 80 MB Memory
  • CompactFlash memory (type I and type II)
  • Weight: 70 grams
  • Power: 2 x 'AAA' size 1.5V Alkaline batteries
  • Size: 98 x 64 x 17.5 millimeters

The iPlayMP3 Moveman is currently available. The iPM-MM01 is sold for US$ 99,95, the iPM-MM56 for US$ 199,95 and the iPM-MM80 for US$ 269,96

11 April 2000
Aiwa MM-FX500 Portable MP3 Player MP3 Players
The Aiwa MM-FX500 is the predecessor to the MM-VX100 Portable MP3 Player, the most notable feature this device has is that it can record from any analog device like a tapedeck or a turntable. This way it becomes very easy to play you favorite LP's on you MP3 player!
Aiwa MM-FX500 Features:
  • 32 MB Memory
  • Analog Audio input
  • Twin Multimedia Cards (MMC)
  • Build-in Microphone

The Aiwa MM-FX500 is currently for sale in Japan for 39,800 (US$ 372).

BlindRead Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added BlindRead 3.0.0.22b to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

New Features since the Previous Version:

  • This build shall correct the "can't see my drive" bug. As we're not 100% sure it'll going to work as earlier versions (.18 and .19) it is released as Beta.
  • Better DOS drive letter detection
  • Better device enumeration
  • Better extraction engine on units that doesn't support properly the Windows synchronization mechanism (or poor ASPI layers)
  • Greek language added
CD Media Info - New CD-R/CD-RW Media
PrimeDisc CD-R74 DA Sony CDQ-80CNL
CD/DVD, Audio & MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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BlindRead 3.0.0.22b
DVD Genie 3.42
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Plextor Manager 2000 1.05
10 April 2000
CD Media Info - New CD-R/CD-RW Media
Arita CD-R74 12x/Gold [RiTEK] CMC Mr.Data CD-R80 DA
Samsung CD-R74G 12x/Gold Samsung CD-R80S 8x/Silver
9 April 2000
DDump Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added DDump 1.06 to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks XiT!

New Features since the Previous Version:

  • Global timeout has been set to 5 seconds to prevent the reader from "hanging"
  • Added fast seek for LaserLock, increases speed on some devices using original CDs
CD Media Info - New CD-R/CD-RW Media
   
Philips CD-R80 Megalife XL HR100 DA Kodak CD-R74 Gold Ultima [Mexico]
The Week in Review CD/DVD NewsWire
CD/DVD/Misc News:
DVD DeCSS News:
CD/DVD, Audio & MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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B's Recorder GOLD [Win] 1.66
CD-Info 1.07
DDump 1.06
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FreeAmp 2.0.6
RSJ CD Writer [WinNT] 1.57
6 April 2000
DDump Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added DDump 1.05 to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks XiT!

New Features since the Previous Version:

  • Fast sector skipping is now also supported with the LASERLOCK option, so dumping LaserLock/LockBlocks protected CD will be lots faster (if the drive supports fast skipping).
  • Pause areas on audio CD were doubled, as they are already included in the image. Now it is also possible to dump audio CDs with no pauses.
CD Media Info - New CD-R/CD-RW Media
     
Taiyo Yuden That's CDR-80TY Taiyo Yuden That's CDR-80WTY Ceramic
Taiyo Yuden is the first CD-R Media manufacturer to create 16x speed certified CD-R Media.
CD/DVD, Audio & MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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abCD 1.3.152
CDRWIN 3.8a [05-04-00]
CloneCD 2.0.4.2
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DDump 1.05
HyCD Data 3.1.0404 Beta
4 April 2000
DDump Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added DDump 1.04 to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks XiT!

New Features since the Previous Version:

  • Made SAFEDISC option a little less "sharp" as some good sectors were also reported as bad.
  • Tiny speedups on extraction engine.
  • Forgot to strip the debug information from the EXE, now DDump is nearly half the size!
  • Removed a nasty bug introduced in 1.02 which caused the engine never leave the recovery mode after processing the safedisc area on CD, so the rest of CD was dumped quite slow.
  • The "Runtime error 106"-bug should be fixed now.
  • Added some more code to prevent SCSI-devices from "hanging" with SAFEDISC- option.
  • The "Runtime error 216" on swedish and chinese Win98SE should now also be solved...(hopefully).
  • DDump now informs you if your reader does not allow fast sector skipping in SAFEDISC- mode, so you could be prepared for a longer extraction time.
  • When SECUROM was given as parameter, the program did not stop.
Cirrus Logic introduces 16x Write & 48x Read Speed Chipset
Cirrus Logic introduced the industry's fastest CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) chip, delivering 16x write and 48x read speeds. The new CR3480 encoder/decoder can write twice as fast and read 50% faster than CD-RW chips currently available from other manufacturers. A major manufacturer of CD-RW drives has already selected Cirrus Logic's new chip because of its speed advantage and ease of use. Most likely this will by Sony as their current Spressa Atapi CD-RW drives contain the previous Cirrus Logic CR3470 CD-RW chipset... More in their Press Release.
The Week in Review CD/DVD NewsWire
CD/DVD/Misc News:
CD/DVD, Audio & MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
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BlindRead 3.0.0.22
CD Protection Detection 0.6
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Feurio Writer Update 1.32.2
TZCopyprotection 1.1 Beta



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