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Previous News from:  March 1999
31-03-99 Philips CDRW200 & CDRW400
It has been confirmed that Philips recent CD-Writers are not made by IMS anymore but they are OEMed from Yamaha and JVC. IMS has stopped developing CD-Writers and that seems to be the main reason Philips is looking elsewhere for their CD-Writers:

The Philips CDRW200 has the JVC XR-W2080 drive inside (2x (Re)Write and 24x Read).
The Philips CDRW400 has the Yamaha CRW4416E drive inside (4x (Re)Write and 16x Read).

CD Software Releases
Company Product Version
Erik Deppe CD Speed 99 0.3
29-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: Hi-Val CD-R74 - Thanks Sergio Pirilli.
CD Dye
Updated the CD-R Dye page as it was a bit behind on the facts.
28-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: Trust CD-RW Disc - Thanks Nico Boersen [The Netherlands].
27-03-99 CD-Writer/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Reviews
Added the CD-Writer/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Review page which gives an overview of all available reviews on this subject.
CD-R Software releases

CDR-Info Page

Company Product Version
Gear Software Gear Audio 1.10
Gear Software Gear CD Replicator 2.0
Gear Software Gear Multimedia Pro 4.40
26-03-99 CD Info
CD-R Software releases
Company Product Version
Feurio Feurio! 1.21
Padus DiscJuggler 1.05.320
CD-Writer Technology Update
Updated to the CD-Writer Technology page and added a few more drives - Thanks to everyone sending in comments and corrections!
24-03-99 CeBIT News
Today was the last day of the CeBIT computer exposition in Germany and here are some more CD related high-lights:
Yamaha CRW6416S

Yamaha releases the long awaited Yamaha CRW6416S SCSI CD-ReWriter, it is 6x Write 4x ReWrite & 16x Read drive.

Goldstar/LG Electronics 4x4x32

LG Electronics released their new GoldStar 4x (Re)Write and 32x Read CD-ReWriter.

Sony CRX100E/X & CRX120E/X

Yahoo! Finance

Sony announced its first CD-Rewritable drives to incorporate the popular USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface and the emerging i.LINK(TM) (IEEE1394) interface. The new Spressa(TM) USB (CRX100E/X) and Spressa i.LINK (CRX120E/X) drives offer a superb combination of performance, functionality, and ease of use for average consumers as well as prosumers and corporate end users.
22-03-99 CeBIT News
This week the CeBIT computer exposition is being held in Germany and here are some CD related high-lights:
Philips CDRW200 & CDRW400

Philips introduces two  new IDE/Atapi CD-ReWriters:

  • CDRW200 is a 2x (Re)Write and 24x Read.
  • CDRW400 is a 4x (Re)Write and 16x Read.

Both ReWriters have a 2 Mb RAM buffer to avoid write problems, come with WinOnCD v3.6 from CeQuadrat and a new program called Write2CD which includes the 1.3 Gb CD Compression and CDDB features. They will be available by the end of this month.

Philips CD-RW Media

Philips announced their new ReWritable CD Media: Philips CD-RW74/1x-4x
It is able to ReWrite at 1x, 2x & 4x speed, can be rewritten for 1000 times and should have a lifespan of at least 70 years.

The CD is dead, long life the SACD

Philips & Sony introduced the new Super Audio CD Specification: Scarlet Book version 1.0. It is a new audio format which should replace the existing "aging" Audio-CD and it will be fully downwards compatible with the current CD technology.

The Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) will be the the next generation music media which enables the following features:

  • Better Audio quality.
  • Support for Multi-Channel audio, to go beyond "Stereo". It will support up to 6  channels at full resolution.
  • Advanced CD-Copy protection, consisting of visible and hidden water-markingss.

The first SACD players and related consumer products are expected to be launched on the Japanese market later this Spring, and product launches in Europe and the USA are expected to begin towards the end of the year.

21-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: MaxMax CD-RW74.
  • Added Info/Pictures for: Princo CD-RW74.
CD-R Software releases

CDR-Info Page

Company Product Version
CDROM Productions CDR Diagnostic 0.1.4.3
AudioGrabber AudioGrabber 1.41
NTi NTi Backup Pro 1.0.85
RSJ Software RSJ CD Writer 1.30
Fire Burner Fire Burner 0.85B
20-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: ProDisc CD-R74 - Thanks Nozoumi.
  • Added Info/Pictures for: DuraDisc CD-R74 & CD-R80.
Black CD Media at CD-Recordable.com
CD-Recordable.com is selling all black 80 minutes "GameStation" CD-R media which looks very much like the original Sony Playstation CDs.

We have been trying to get samples of these "GameStation" CD-Rs to europe but it seems that they are not that willing to send overseas. If you have a "spare" laying around we are very interested in getting one!

CD Formats Info Site
Checkout the Disctronics web site on CD Formats, it is an very well balanced information site with alot of usefull info!
CD-R Software releases
Company Product Version
Ahead Nero Burning Rom 4.0.1.1
CDROM Productions CDR Diagnostic 0.1.4.3
AudioGrabber AudioGrabber 1.41
NTi NTi Backup Pro 1.0.85
RSJ Software RSJ CD Writer 1.30
Fire Burner Fire Burner 0.85B
17-03-99 CD Protections Update
Updated to the CD Protections page, added how some protections can be detected and some info on the Sega Dreamcast GD-ROMs
15-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: Princo CDR-80 [Gold].
  • Added Info/Pictures for: Philips CD-R74 Gold.
Kodak & Philips CD-R80 Media
Both Kodak & Philips will be selling 80 minutes CD-R's very soon.

Next week Philips will annouce their CD-R80 media at the CeBIT in Germany. Right after this they will be available at Opus Supplies BV - Thanks Hananja from Opus Supplies BV.

12-03-99 CD-Writer Technology Update
Updated to the CD-Writer Technology page, added alot of new drives & corrected several errors - Thanks to everyone sending in comments and corrections!
CD-R Quality Update
Updated the CD-R Quality article and also added the article which was published in Computer magazine (Belgium) - Thanks Petard.
08-03-99 CD-Writer Technology Update
Again a update to the CD-Writer Technology page, added alot of new drives & manufacturers - Thanks to everyone who send in comments and corrections!

More comments & corrections are welcome and can be send here.

Copy Protected CD
Added another way to create your own Copy Protected CD - Thanks Razvan.
07-03-99 CD Info
CD-Writer Technology Update
Mayor update to the CD-Writer Technology, added alot of new drives & manufacturers.
CD Bench v2.1
Added CD Bench v2.1 to the CD-R Utilities page.
06-03-99 CD Info
  • Added Info/Pictures for: BASF Extra CD-R74 Emtec [K], BASF Extra CD-R74 Emtec [EM] & BASF Extra CD-R74 Emtec [CM].
Recognizing the BASF/Emtec CD-R's
From Martin Schmidt we received a e-mail explaining how the BASF/EMTEC Magnetics CD-R's can easilty be recognized:

In the lower right corner, right next to the bar-code there is a vertical number (5 chars) and a code (1 or 2 chars). This code reflects from which factory the CD-R actually is:

Code Factory Quality
CM CMC Magnetics Corporation -
EM CMC Magnetics Corporation -
K Kodak ++
RD Ritek or Princo --
TY Taiyo Yuden ++
CD-R Identifier Update
Added CD-R Identifier 1.27 to the CD-R Utilities page - Thanks Frank Wolf.
  • A small bug has been fixed in the manufacturer detection routine.
  • Added 1 new manufacturer to the list.
04-03-99 Buying a CD-Writer
Added a new article: Buying a CD-Writer. It shows which are the best CD-Writers on the market today and why they are the best!
Protected Audio CD from Herman Brood - A fluke!

Planet Internet

The used CD protection used on the Herman Brood CD (Back on the Corner) is exactly what we thought it would be. They just enabled the SCMC-code (serial copy management system) which makes it impossible to make a copy of this CD on the Philips Audio CD-Recorder but it can very easily be copied on ANY "normal" CD-Writer...
03-03-99 BASF now using Taiyo Yuden
BASF/EMTEC Magnetics is now also using CD-R's manufactured by Taiyo Yuden - Thanks Hananja from Opus Supplies BV.

These are the two types:

  • BASF CD-R74 Multi Speed
  • BASF CD-R74 Ceram Guard

Keep in mind that BASF/EMTEC Magnetics was selling bad quality CD-R media manufacturered by Ritek, so make sure which you are getting before buying them!

Imation also going for Kodak Gold
Imation is now also using CD-R's manufactured by Kodak - Thanks jeSse.

Again a manufacturer which uses the same cover for a different kind of CD, only the back-cover has some different Black & Yellow colors... very confusing again!

New Philips CDRW400 ReWriter
Philips releases it's new Philips CDRW400 4x/4x/16x CD-ReWriter, so expect ALOT of different brands selling their own 4x/4x/16x writers which will have the CDRW400 drive inside!
CDR-Info Page up again!
The CDR-Info page is up again and can be found here.
CD-R Software releases

CDR-Info Page

Company Product Version
Golden Hawk Technology CDRWIN 3.7b
Ahead Nero Burning Rom 4.0.0.7b
Adaptec DirectCD 2.5c
Erik Deppe CD Speed 99 0.2
CDROM Productions CDR Diagnostic 0.1.4.2
Protected Audio CD from Herman Brood
Yesterday the latest CD from Herman Brood was released, not that interesting you might think (and you are right) but this is the first CD which is protected against copying. The funny thing about it is that the title of the CD is roughly translated: Not Copyable
We don't have any additional info yet how exacly the protection is implemented or if it can be copied on a "normal" CD-Writer but we'll keep you up to date. Comments are welcome!



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