Elantec introduced its second product in a new family of high-speed laser drivers that will enable faster (up to 20x) CD read/write (R/W) speed designs in the high-growth CD-R/W optical disk drive market.
Aopen launches the Worldwide Fastest CD-ReWriter... AOpen launched the worldwide fastest CD-ReWriter, the CRW-1232, offering advanced optical drive solutions. For those wanting to maximize CD-ROM performance in their PC, the new CRW-1232 offers unparalleled flexibility, combining a 12X write CD-R and 10X write CD-RW discs speeds with a maximum 32X read speed.
CD Shipments at All-Time High at Mid-Year - RIAA Shipments of full-length compact discs in the United States reached an all-time high in the first half of 2000, up six percent from the year-ago period to 420 million units, said the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Philips again is using RiTEK for manufacturing low budget CD-R's, not totally surprising as they have a strategic alliance with RiTEK. Keep in mind that these CD-R's might be cheaper but they are of lesser Quality then the regular Philips Premium Silver CD-R's which are manufactured by Taiyo Yuden!
Some people claim (especially the people selling them...) that these Black Bottomed CD-Rs can be used to make a working backup of a PlayStation Game CD, which does not require any modification to your PSX. This is totally CRAP as a Mod-Chip or Cartridge is always required to be able to play PSX backups! The color of the bottom of the CD-R does NOT matter as this is not a real protection!
It seems that the prices of CD-R media are at a all time low overhere in The Netherlands, prices for NoName CD-R80 media are currently below EUR 0.36 per CD! Normal quality CD-R's are around EUR 0.85 which is also much cheaper than a few months back when CD-R's were a bit more expensive because of certain CD-R taxes!
Ricoh has announced that it will release it's latest CD-RW & DVD-ROM combination, the MP9120A, which will support the High-Speed ReWrite standard and will have a buffer-underrun prevention system called JustLink, which is similar to BURN-Proof system from Sanyo.
They will also be releasing 2 more portable CD-ReWriters as of October 1st which weights only
200 grams and is only 15mm in height! The Sony CRX75 will be available with either a PCMCIA adapter or an USB interface.
CDR Identifier says it is a normal 80 minutes CD-R but after some testing and playing around we managed to put 92 minutes of data on it using a Teac CD-R56S (in CD-R55S mode). Checkout the CD-R99 page to see if you CD-Writer supports this media!
Thanks Lars-Goran Lundberg & Yusuf I. Okhai from Medea International for supplying the CD-R media!
Napster Files Brief Late Friday One day after Hollywood scored a big win in a legal battle involving video piracy on the Web, the target of another landmark battle with the entertainment industry, Napster Inc., went back to court.
Sony resurrects Walkman brand for MP3s Sony's groundbreaking portable music player, a cultural mainstay of the 1980s, has languished in the past decade, as CDs and other digital music formats have displaced cassette tapes...
News: Perfect Protection, & Perfect Explorer are soon available. This will be included in a suite for paranoids, burners and Surfers.
Added: Protection Scanner. This version of the scanner also includes the new version of SafeDisc.
Added: CD Serial Detector, Filesystem Detector, Space Detector, CD Label Detector, Drive Detector & Scanner History.
Added: The Perfect Copy 2000 Interface. This is our final interface.
Added: Autodetect of CloneCD.exe.
Added: Autoscan when CD is inserted.
Added: Log Scanned CD's. This will be usefull when the server part of it is finished.
Added: Autostart when windows boots, in the new Perfect Copy 2000 Interface.
Fixed: minor scanner problems. All operative now.
News: Final Release will have PSX Copy Options too.
CDR Identifier No More
Frank Wolf, the author of CDR Identifier has stopped supporting his tool because the Orange Forum, who previously published the CD-R Manufacturer information for free now wants money for it... This is very sad news as this was a very handy utility to identify which CD Factories are actually making the new CD-R's!
It seems that a new CD/DVD Copy Protections has hit the streets. It is called Alcatraz and it is being developed by KDG (Austria):
Alcatraz marks a significant departure from many of the copy protection systems that are currently available on the market: Alcatraz is a flexible product. Alcatraz cannot be hacked into using standard software. Copy protection know-how rests with kdg; in this way, the manufacturer is directly responsible for all related support, implementation and customisation issues.
Alcatraz is based on a "watermark" system: i.e. the data structure of the relevant software is modified during the glass mastering process. Consequently, the commercially available CD that has been authorised as a legal replication cannot be copied, or only with great difficulty.
This means that Alcatraz is a cross between SecuROM, which is also based on a watermarking system and SafeDisc, which also uses the executable wrapping system.
One funny thing which is mentioned is the Level 3b Protection, the executable wrapper, is that they claim that the result of an "illegal" start attempt will range from a simple warning message through to a system crash and even right down to re-formatting of the disc drive!
For sure that they will never add this last "feature" as this will result in a nice lawsuit whenever it is introduced in the US!!!
Time will tell if this protection is as uncrackable as they claim it will be!
Make Your Own CDs As Easy As Taping
Making audio CDs on a home computer is not much harder than making tapes on a stereo system if you have a rewritable CD drive. These drives have more or less become standard for new computers, and manufacturers expect to sell about 30 million of them this year.
States Sue Music Companies, Allege Price-Fixing Twenty-eight U.S. states filed suit accusing the world's five largest record labels and three large music retailers of fixing prices of compact discs. The states are seeking "hundreds of millions of dollars" in damages...
If you got CD, DVD or backup related questions try asking them in our CMW Message Forums before e-mailing us. We are still flooded with e-mail with questions and we just don't have the time to answer them all!
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The Yuan MP-300-32 & Yuan MP-300-64 are both made by the California based Yuan Technology. It is a 32 or 64 MB light weight portable MP3 player/voice recorder with USB connectivity. The device is available in both blue and purple color (a silver model will be available in a while).
Yuan MP-300 Specifications:
Memory: 32 MB or 64 MB (upgradeable to 128 MB)
Signal to Noise (S/N) Ratio: 90dB
Functions: 16 Preset EQs, ADPCM Voice Recording
Power Source: 2 AAA batteries (rechargeable via USB cable)
A Crushing Defeat For Napster The music industry has often looked like the most clueless of old-economy stalwarts in trying to adapt to the Internet. Instead of working with new technologies, it has fought them in court - even at the risk of alienating its most fervent customers. But its battle to defend the status quo is suddenly looking a lot less futile...
79% of College Students Still Purchase CDs Despite Frequent Napster Downloads The recording industry's concerns that the availability of free music files would cannibalize CD sales may not be as severe as some believe. More than half of college students (58 percent) have used Napster to download music from the Internet, but most (79 percent) still plan to purchase music by their favorite recording stars!...
DVD group: Stop wearing our code! A geek-chic retailer who printed the source code for a DeCSS on T-shirts is the latest target of a lawsuit claiming defendants co-opted the secrets behind DVD encryption...
DVD Format War Anarchy has reigned over DVD optical storage. Battling formats and technologies are confusing the marketplace. Recently a witches' brew of a specification called DVD Multi has emerged as a way to end the feuding and halt customer confusion. Let's hope it works...
Panasonic boosts DVD-RAM capacity Panasonic announced the availability of its LF-D201U DVD-RAM drive. Priced at $549, the drive can store up to 9.6 GB of data on a single, double-sided disc...
The Philips eXpendium is an portable MP3/CD Player and it comes in 2 models, the eXp101 & eXp103. The 2 devices are identical, the only difference is that the eXp101 comes with an AC Adapter & In-Cord 3-key Remote Control (for portable use) and the eXp103 comes with a Car Cassette Adapter & cigarette adapter (for car use). It is also capable in reading CD-RW media.
Philips eXpanium Specifications:
Plays standard Audio CD's & MP3 (32-320 Kbps) & MP3 Variable Bitrate (VBR) files
MAGIC ESP Shock proof - Automatically stores from 45 up to over 100 seconds of music (at 128Kbps, 200 secs at 64 kpbs).
CD-Rewritable compatible including multi-session support
This is an official statement from Plextor concerning the CD-R99 Media:
80 and 99 minute CD's and overburning are outside the specification, and may not work correctly on all CD-ROM drives and CD-R recorders. 80 and 99 Minute media uses a tighter spiral track on the disc to get the additional recording time, but many drives don't read this properly. Overburning uses space normally taken up with the leadout area of the disc, and not all drives will read the last track on the disc correctly if this leadout area is not used.
For that reason, Plextor does not officially support overburning or 99 minute media, although we do nothing in our hardware to prevent it. If software is capable of overburning, then if the media supports it, our drives will write it. However, some CD-ROM drives may not be able to read the media because of additional errors from trying to read beyond the limits of the CD specification. Plextor Manager 2000 1.04 and later does support 80 minute media. For help with 80 minute discs and Adaptec Easy CD Creator 3.5, see http://www.adaptec.com/tools/compatibility/cdrec.html
ECDC and Plextor Manager don't support 99 minute discs at this time.
Plextor Support Team - Jack
The new Feurio! 1.50.4▀ also supports the CD-R99 media but Jens Fangmeier (the creator) has some Important Warning when using them (In German only). In this interestinf article he explains the problems that surround the CD-R99 media.
Thanks Josh for sending the Plextor statement!
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