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---  NEWS  --- OCTOBER 2000 ---  NEWS  ---

31 October 2000
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Adaptec UDF Reader 1.03.115
CD Protection Detective 30-10-00
Feurio 1.51.12▀
Take Two 1.03e
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • TDK, Calimetrics, MCC & Plextor to apply MultiLevel Recording Technology
    TDK announced the creation of a technology alliance with Calimetrics Inc., to apply Calimetrics' MultiLevel Recording (ML) technology to create a new recordable and rewritable optical disc format with three times the capacity and three times the speed of conventional CD-R/RW recording. The first products to incorporate the new MultiLevel Recording technology will be a new generation of computer drives built on the familiar CD-R/RW platform but with the ability to record more than 2 GB of data at 36X on specially formulated ML blank discs, as well as 700 MB of data on standard CD-R/RW discs at 12X...
  • Radialogic announces High Performance CD Burning on MacOS with CD Master
    Radialogic announced the release of the long awaited CD Master v1.0. Users are now able to burn CDs asynchronously -- while continuing to use their computer for other tasks....
  • GEAR Releases ''GEAR Pro for Windows 5.0'' Latest CD-RW Software
  • Bringing the power of professional CD authoring and mastering to the end-user market, GEAR Software Inc. announced the release of GEAR Pro for Windows 5.0, the latest version of its best-selling CD-RW software...
  • Macrovision Net Income Up 90 Percent
    Technology provider Macrovision Corp. on Monday reported a 90 percent increase in third quarter earnings, beating analysts' forecasts due to strong sales of its copy protection products.
  • MP3 player puts new spin on tape decks
    Although the tape deck is near the end of its life, an MP3 player just hitting the market aims to give the venerable device a new purpose...
CD Protection Detective Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added CD Protection Detective (30-10-00) to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Cool McCool!

Copy Protection Detective Update:

  • Changed detection routine.
Cello CD/VCD/MP3 Player MP3 Players
The Cello CD/VCD/MP3 Player is a portable CD Players which also can playback VideoCDs & MP3 Files. Currently it can only available in Asia (Taiwan).
Cello CD/VCD/MP3 Specifications:
  • Supports CD, VCD (1.0, 1.1 & 2.0) & MP3 Playback
  • Plays on both PAL & NTSC televisions
  • Separate Remote Control
  • Power Requirement: 3 AA Batteries  3.6V DC
  • AC Power Adapter: 110/220V & 50/60 Hz
  • Weight: 0.33 Kg

Cello CD/VCD/MP3 Player
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30 October 2000
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Protection Scout
DAEMON Tools 2.41
ECCRegen 1.12
CD Protection Scout CD/DVD Utilities
Added CD Protection Scout to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks H0bbyC0dr!

CD Protection Scout is a utility, like CD protection Detection and CD protection Detective, which is able to detect what kind of CD Protection is being used on a certain CD. It currently detects the SecuROM, SafeDisc, CD Cops, LaserLock, DiscGuard, Illegal TOC, Overburn, Read Errors & Dummy Files CD Protections! Currently it is only available in the GERMAN! 

DAEMON Tools Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added DAEMON Tools v2.41 from VeNoM386 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

DAEMON Tools Updates:

  • Added daemon.dll incorporating all API to control mounting/unmounting, emulation options etc. Now it is possible for 3rd party developers to create their own utilities or even write a full featured GUI frontend for DAEMON Tools.
  • Minor fixes.
Digisette DUO-MP3 Portable Player MP3 Players
The DUO-MP3 is made by Digisette. It is based on the same dual usage as portable MP3 player and cassette MP3 player as the Rome MP3 Player (the specs are virtual the same). It has an adjustable head control which allows you to optimize the DUO-MP3 for virtual any cassette decks or car cassette player! It is currently for sale for US$ 249.
DUO-MP3 Specifications:
Flash Memory :   32 MB on-board, expandable to 96 MB 
Playing Time :   Up to 6 Hours on a single charge
File Download Speed  :   246 Kbps 
Size  :   63 x 102 x 11.5mm (2.5" x 4.0" x 45") 
Battery  :   1EA x 1.2V rechargeable NI-MH 
Interface Port  :   Parallel 18 pin-connector cable

Digisette DUO-MP3 Player
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Timast CD/VCD/MP3 Player MP3 Players
The Timast CD/VCD/MP3 Player is a portable CD Players which also can playback VideoCDs & MP3 files.

Thanks to Khoa Phan for sending the info!

Timast CD/VCD/MP3 Specifications:
  • Supports CD, VCD & MP3 Playback
  • Plays on both PAL & NTSC televisions
  • 5-sec Anti shock
  • Earphone output with Bass Boost
  • Laser diode properties:
    • Material: Ga AIAs
    • Wavelength: 780nm
    • Laser output: Less than 44.6uW
  • DA Conversion: 16bit quartz time-axis control
  • Output: 5nW+ 5mW/16
  • Power Requirement: 3 AA Batteries  3.6V DC
  • AC Power Adapter: 110/220V & 50/60 Hz [USA/EURO/ASIA]
  • DC Power Input: 6V/600 mA
  • Power Usage: < 200mA (When Playing)
  • Dimensions: 240 x 195 x 65 mm

Timast CD/VCD/MP3 Player
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28 October 2000
SubSonic Reader Major Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added SubSonic Reader 2.5.0 GT to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Stefano (the creator of SubSonic Reader)!

SubSonic Reader has been greatly improved and expanded. Because they are using licensed code from Goldenhawk (CDRWIN) it is not free anymore. So if you like it support the Subsonic team!

In Demo Mode the Binary Copy & FileSystem Copy options are enabled and the Specular Copy, Audio Copy, MakeIso & Burning options are disabled!

27 October 2000
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Princo CD-R80 16x [Princo] StorPro CD-R80 12x [Prodisc]
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Protection Detective 26-10-00
Dart CD-Recorder v4 [25-10-00]
DirectCD 3.01e
InCD 1.67
InCD UDF Reader 1.0
NTI CD Maker 2000 Pro 4.1.46 [Retail]
Prassi DVD Rep 2.0.369
CD Protection Detective CD/DVD Utilities
Added CD Protection Detective (27-10-00) to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Cool McCool!

Copy Protection Detective is a utility which is able to detect what kind of CD Protection is being used on a certain CD. It currently detects the LaserLock, SafeDisc, SecuROM, CD Cops, DiscGuard, BitPool, Overburn & Dummy Files CD Protections!


23 October 2000
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Philips CD-RW High Speed 4x-10x [?] Freecom CD-R80 12x [RiTEK]
Sirius CD-R80 Neutral 8x [Postech] High Quality CD-R80 [Lead Data]
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DiscJuggler 3.00.736
EasyCD Creator 4.02e
Feurio 1.51 [Final]
PlexTools 1.06B
VobDecGUI 3.1
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • C-Cube Extends DVD Leadership With New Super-Integrated Chip
    C-Cube further distanced itself from the competition by introducing the ZiVA-5 DVD system processor. The industry's most advanced DVD solution, ZiVA-5, builds on the company's proven ZiVA architecture and integrates a number of new features, including the industry's only full DVD-Audio solution, an MP3 audio codec, progressive-scan output, 2D-multiplane graphics engine, Internet applications, and more...
  • National Semiconductor Announces Next Generation DVD-on-a-Chip
    National announced the second generation of its DVD-on-a-chip product family for the rapidly growing DVD player market. The National« Mediamatics(TM) NDV8501 chip, the first member of the second generation, provides a unique total system that delivers the high-quality playback demanded by the most discriminating consumers...
  • Major-Label Artists Make Their Music Available for Sale in MP3 Through announced that several new albums by recording artists formerly signed to major label contracts are now available for purchase and download from its site...
  • Yamaha & Oak Team Up to Drive Advances in Optical Recording Technology
    Oak & Yamaha announced a strategic partnership to drive advances in optical recording technologies. As a result, Yamaha unveiled the industry's first 16X CD-RW drive last week, which enables consumers creating compilation disks to copy a typical audio CD in just five minutes...
  • Loudeye Announces Unprecedented Digital Media Encoding Milestones
    Loudeye announced that as of September 30, 2000, its Digital Media Centers had encoded over 6.1 million cumulative audio files and over 1.0 million cumulative minutes of video since the Company's inception...
Interesting CD/DVD Related Articles
  • Oddball CD-R round-up @ Dan's Data
    Black ones. Green ones. Yellow ones. Blue ones. Pink ones, for heaven's sake. Little bitty ones. Even smaller oblong ones. 74 minute ones. 80 minute ones. 99 minute ones that hardly anybody can use. Suddenly, buying CD-Rs has become complicated. In the olden days, CD-Recordable media came in two basic flavours. There were brand name discs, that worked, and discs from funny unknown vendors that, well, often worked...
Napa DAV309 CD/VCD/MP3 Player MP3 Players
The Napa DAV309 is a portable CD/MP3 player made by A-Max Technology which is also able to playback VideoCD's on a TV. It comes with Stereo Earphones, AC/DC Adapter, AV Cable & a Remote Control. It is currently available for about US$ 145, which is quite cheap!
Napa DAV309 Specifications:
  • Supports CD, VCD & MP3 Playback from CD-R & CD-RW media
  • Buildin remote control
  • Built-in 3.6v rechargeable Lithium Battery
  • Bass Booster Sound Effect
  • Output Jacks: Audio Out & Video Out
  • LCD Display
  • OSD display function for manipulating Songs/Track lists on TV
  • Dimensions: 164х146х28 mm

Napa DAV309 Player
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Napa PA-10 MP3/Radio Player MP3 Players
The Napa PA-10 DSP Flash MP3 Player & FM Receiver is also a product from A-Max Technology which looks very similar to the Sony NW-MS7 "Memory Stick". It will be available at the end of this year.
Napa PA-10 Specifications:
  • 32 MB Flash Memory expandable to 64 or 128 MB
  • SMC flash expansion socket
  • USB Interface
  • FM receiver & Voice Recording
  • LCD & OSD track list
  • Bass Booster
  • LCD display
  • 2x AAA Battery
  • Various EQ Modes: Bass1, Jazz, Flat, Classic, Rock, Super Bass
  • Repeat Playback (Single track and all tracks)

Napa PA-10 MP3 Player
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18 October 2000
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Check
CDmage 1.01.I
CDRWIN 3.8 [13-10-00]
IsoBuster 0.99.5
MP3 Net-Burner 3.41
Nero Burning Rom
Prassi PX Engine 1.0.188
IsoBuster Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added IsoBuster 0.99.5 [Release] to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Peter Van Hove!

New Features/Updates:

  • Port to BCB 5
  • Re-Write of code (as a result different processes can run simultaneously, although internally properly queued as IsoBuster is not multi-threaded.).
  • Complete Track and Session awareness. You are now able to explore file systems in the several sessions and have access to files and folders you long thought were lost.
  • The internal File-Image handling has changed such that many variants of image files are still recognised. Added *.p01 image-file support (Gear), Added *.c2d support (WinOnCD).
  • Full Win2K support.
  • Under WinNT (4 or 2K), two ways of communication are now possible through the NT native SPTI layer or through Aspi.
  • Track and Image extracting
  • Extra support for CDTV CD owners
  • A Mac icon is showed when a Mac ISO file-system is found
  • Play Audio of Audio tracks.
  • Work around NT 4 buggy atapi.sys driver problem (before Service Pack 4 or 5).
  • Work around NT 4 bug in SCSI pass through mechanism (only when DMA on for IDE devices)
  • Made sure IsoBuster works well with the Nero wnaspi32.dll for NT.
  • Made some display improvements to better support the Windows 'Large fonts' setting.
  • Added sort functionality. Sorting the LBA, Size or Name button.
  • Added a feature to extract the directory list to a file which also mentions the block addresses.
  • Audio tracks can be extracted to wave files
  • 'Ignore All following errors' and 'Overwrite all files' when lots of errors are encountered during extraction.
  • IsoBuster accepts command line parameters. Start IsoBuster with an Image file directly loaded.
  • Properties for Files; Directories, Tracks, Sessions, ...
  • More Bootable CD-ROM support. The 'El Torito' information is made available and the image can be extracted. Turn to other tools to edit ....
  • A 'Run' option next to the extraction options
Revoy 2200 DVD/CD/MP3 Player MP3 Players
The Revoy 2200 DVD Player is a region-free DVD/VCD/MP3 Player which is also compatible with the HDCD standard. HDCD recordings will always sound better than conventional CDs when played on any CD player. However, since HDCD recordings are encoded with 20-bits of musical information as opposed to 16-bits for conventional CDs, a player that decodes HDCD will produce even higher quality sound from HDCD encoded CDs!
Revoy 2200 Specifications:
  • Standards: DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW, HDCD and MP3
  • Region-Free (1-6)
  • Video Outputs: SCART, S-Video & Composite video
  • Audio Digital Outputs: Coax/Optical, Dolby Digital (AC-3), PCM 8
    channel & DTS (Digital Theatre System)
  • Audio Analog Outputs: Dolby Digital READY (AC-3 READY) 6 channels RCA & Stereo/Dolby/Surround/Prologic 2 channels RCA

10 October 2000
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDRWIN 3.8 [06-10-00]
CDR Identifier 1.60
DAEMON Tools 2.3
DDump & FrontEnd 1.09 / 1.2▀
Feurio! 1.51.9▀
MP3 CD Maker 1.30
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
DAEMON Tools Update
Added DAEMON Tools v2.3 from VeNoM386 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

DAEMON Tools Updates:

  • BWT image format added (multisession with sub unfo).
  • Some additional problems with PSX CDs fixed (XA Audio MODE2 sectors).
  • Automount option added.
  • Green taskbar icon turns red if all emulations are disabled.
DDump Update
Added DDump v1.09 & DDump FrontEnd 1.2▀ to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

DDump Updates:

  • Added option DUMMYFILES for CDs with damaged dummyfiles (e.g. MB Truck Racing).
  • Improved compatibility for non-MMC drive
  • Removed lots of bugs & did some other minor enhancements.
Yamaha CRW2100 High-Speed CD-ReWriter
Yamaha's latest CD-R/RW Drive Series, the CRW2100 will offer the World's First 16X Write Speed and the Fastest Rewrite/Read Speeds available.

The CRW2100S drive uses CAV method in the inner portions as well as CLV method in the outer portions (Partial CAV) in order to enable up to 16X-speed writing. The drive will control the disc rotation speed to start writing at 12X speed in the inner portions, gradually accelerating up to 16X speed and maintaining 16X speed in the outer portions.

The CRW2100 series features four models. The internal CRW2100E ATAPI Drive will begin shipping this October for an estimated US$328 and the internal CRW2100S SCSI drive will be available early November for an estimated price of US$385.
The external CRW2100SX SCSI Dreive will begin shipping in mid-November for an estimated US$470 and the external CRW2100IX IEEE1394 (FireWire) Drive will be available late November for for an estimated price of US$527.
Yamaha CRW2100 Specifications:
  • 16x Write, 10x ReWrite & 40x Read (Full CAV)
  • 8 MB Memory Buffer
  • DAE at maximum 40x speed!
  • Supports CD-R80 media.
  • Full CD TEXT support

Yamaha CRW2100E
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Yamaha CRW2100 Features:
Ricoh MP9120A 12x10x32x8 CD-ReWriter/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
Ricoh has announced the fastest CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination drive in the industry, the Ricoh MP9120A. The drive features the new JustLink technology which is similar to BURN-Proof from Sanyo. JustLink suspends writing when an error detection is predicted and automatically resumes when enough data has accumulated to prevent an underrun.

It is currently available at an estimates US$ 349.00

Ricoh MP9120A
Ricoh MP9120A Specifications:
  • IDE/Atapi Interface (DMA33)
  • 12x Write, 10x ReWrite, 32x CD Read & 8x DVD Read
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • DAE at maximum 32x Speed!
  • Software: Prassi PrimoCD Plus, Prassi abCD & InterVideo WinDVD 2000
Ricoh MP7083A 8x8x32 CD-ReWriter
Ricoh also announced their new value priced Ricoh MP7083A Atapi CD-ReWriter. The drive does not feature the JustLink technology but it is a bargain. We will have to wait and see of these new CD-Writers support RAW mode writing.

It is currently available at an estimates US$ 179.00

Ricoh MP7083A
Ricoh MP7083A Specifications:
  • IDE/Atapi Interface (DMA16)
  • 8x Write, 8x ReWrite, 32x Read
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • Software: Prassi PrimoCD Plus & Prassi abCD

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