Sony always claimed that they don't support 80 minutes CD-R media on their CD-Writers as these where outside the CD-R Redbook specifications. It was possible to use CD-R80 media but only up to about 78:30 minutes after this the CD-R became unreadable. As HP has been using the Sony drives on the inside of their own CD-Writers they had similar claims. But it seems that Sony has changed their mind resulting that the Sony CRX-100E and HP8100 are now capable in writing CD-R80 media.
Today, at a Computer Fair (PC Dump) here in The Netherlands, the SEG DVD 2000 DVD/VCD/MP3 Player was being sold for NLG 699,- (US$ 309). It supports Dolby Digital AC-3, DTS, NTSC / PAL, German/English Onscreen text and has a remote control.
It is a bit of a mystery as no information can be found on the web about this player. It came in a white box with blue text and a German photocopied manual was included in the package. Any additional info is welcome!
[CeBit 2000] - Industry Leaders Demonstrate Real-Time DVD+RW Recording
Hewlett-Packard, MCC/Verbatim, Philips, Ricoh, Sony and Yamaha today, at CeBIT 2000, reinforced their commitment to 4.7 Gigabyte DVD+RW technology in the first public demonstration of both real-time recording and immediate playback on currently available DVD-Video and DVD-ROM players... More in this Press Release.
[CeBit 2000] - Yamaha CRW8824 CD-ReWriter
Yamaha is currently showing their latest CD-ReWriter the Yamaha CRW8824 - 8x CD-R Write, 8x CD-ReWrite & 24x CD-Read. it will be another writer supporting the new 8x CD-ReWrite standard and it also supports CD-Text!
IgD, the author of FireBurner, gives his Uncut biased opinion on CloneCD. He argues that the claims that CloneCD can make real 11 CD-Copies of protected CD's are completely false. In his article he then shows what CloneCD actually does nothing when it encounters a "Read Error". It also states that CloneCD never actually reads the sub-channel information and just uses dummy information which it writes together with the normal user data to CD-R and just inserts dummy data with an incorrect EDC/ECC to generate/simulate "Read Errors".
This is an interesting topic as lately there has been a lot of hype on making perfect 1:1 CD-Copies of protected CD's. Let's see what will be the reaction from Elaborate Bytes on these facts.
Teac CD-W512 (12x8x32x) CD-ReWriter
Teac will be showing it's new CD-ReWriter flagship, the Teac CD-W512, on the CeBIT. It will be one of 3 CD-Writers which will support 8x CD-ReWrite. The public release of the ATAPI version is scheduled for May, the SCSI version will arrive a few month later.
Memorex released it's latest CD-RW/DVD-ROM 6x4x24x4 combination called the Memorex MCW6424DVD. If you look closely at the drive you immediately recognize that it is, like recently released Aopen DRW4624, based on the Ricoh MP9060 drive.
Pioneer leads the DVD Industry with Introduction of "Sweet 16"
Pioneer is again the first to bring the fastest DVD-ROM drive to market as it officially introduces the Pioneer DVD-115 - 16X DVD-ROM/40x CD-ROM. It is compatible with single and dual layer DVD-ROM and DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, Video CD and Photo CD media.
Pioneer DVD-115 Specification:
Random seek times of less than 85 msec for DVD-ROM (70 msec for CD-ROM)
Access times less than 95 msec (80 msec for CD-ROM)
Horizontal or vertical mounting capabilities
512 KB Buffer Memory
The DVD-115 features a tray-load and will be available in March 2000 through OEM and distribution channels. The slot-load DVD-105S version will be available in April 2000.
SubSonic Reader is able to copy a CD, which contains unreadable tracks, to harddisk. For now it can only be used for PC format CD-ROM's.
The included installation does not seem to work correctly (at least overhere), if this happens just start SUBSONICREADER.EXE which is in the SUPPORT directory.
It is able to copy Flight Simulator 2000, Office 2000, Midtown Madness, Windows 2000 Professional, Expandable, Motocross Madness, Age of Empires 2, Revolt, Sega Rally Play, Half Life & Colin McRae Rally!
Sony released information for it's first MP3 Player, the VAIO Music Clip MC-P10. It weighs less than two ounces, is a little over 4.5 inches long and less than an inch in diameter. It has "only" 64 MB of internal RAM but still it can play 2 hours of music from a pen!
Sony VAIO Music Clip Specifications:
Compatible with ATRAC3 and MP3 files
64 MB built-in Flash Memory
Equalizer with 3 presets (Rock, Pop, Jazz)
Backlit LCD Display
OpenMG Security (SDMI compliant)
Up to 5 hours of continuous music on 1 AA battery
4.69 (w) x .91 (H) x .88 (D) inches
1.68 ounces (including battery)
2 version MC-P10 Silver & MC-P10/B Black
The Sony VAIO Music Clip
MC-P10 is scheduled to be
on sale this winter for an
estimated retail price of
CD-Writer Modifications Update
The CD-Writer Modifications page has been split up in smaller pages so everything should load much faster. Also the Ricoh 7040A/S (4x Write) to Ricoh MP7060A/S (6x Write) upgrade has been added!
Ricoh MP7080A IDE 8x4x32x CD-ReWriter
Ricoh has released information on it's upcoming MP7080A & RW7080A (OEM) IDE CD-ReWriters. More in their Press Release.
R&P claims that SecuROM offers practically no protection against illegal copying and holds Sony DADC liable for all damages... More in their Press Release.
Sony is still promoting SecuROM on their WebSite even though it is almost not used anymore.
New CD-Protection is a Bust!
A few days ago the Cactus Data Shield CD-protection from Midbar Tech Ltdwas introduced in Germany but it seems that it is a complete bust. The CD-protection was used by BMG Entertainment to protect the albums Razorblade Romance from Him and My Private War from Philip Boa & The Voodoo club but it seems that their claim that it works on ANY CD-Player was totally wrong (not surprisingly ;). About 3-4% of the 100.000 sold albums were returned because they failed to work on certain car CD-Players and several types of normal CD-Players... More here.
Minor protection scheme changes. You can re-enter a code, even if you already entered one
Preliminary support of Auto Update feature. Next auto update will download only the necessary amount of data.
New languages added : Czech & Portuguese
Trackz! MP3 Player
The MP3Kit Trackz! MP3 Player allows you to play MP3 files that are stored on an internal IDE hard drive. This drive can be any size 3.5" IDE hard disk, even 37 GB drives work!
The songs are transferred onto the player via a parallel connection to a PC. A special piece of PC software allows you to format the drive, store songs, delete songs and manage your play lists. For developers it has a special serial interface available to allow other devices to control this unit.
Prices start at US$ 219 for the Trackz! LCD Player without a hard disk & US$ 500 including a 27 GB hard disk.
MP3Kit Trackz! Features:
IDE hard disk (3.5") up to 37 GB!
Compact size, not much bigger than the hard disk inside (6" x 1.5" x 9").
Supports MP2 & Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3 files with bitrates up to 224 kbps.
LCD/VFD model displays song title, artist, album, time remaining, volume, bass/treble levels on screen.
Click&Hold speedy finder, instead of 100 clicks to get to 100, just press and hold high speed.
Hard disk spins down when not in use and unit enters into sleep mode.
Instant on/off (no long booting/shutdown procedure).
Parallel transfer of music through standard parallel port (DB25).
3.5mm audio jack output/headphone connector.
Runs its own proprietary Operating System (OS).
Runs on 12V @ 800ma (1-2A peak <1s startup for hard disk)