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---  NEWS  --- AUGUST 2001 ---  NEWS  ---

31 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
EasyDivX 1.71
Feurio! 1.62.4 Beta
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Iomega announces CD recording software
    Iomega announced it has entered into the CD recording software business. In introducing the new package called Iomega HotBurn, company officials said the software set a new standard for speed and simplicity...
  • Taiwanese CD-R manufacturers want to move to China
    As Taiwan’s government is likely to lift many restrictions on investment in China soon, local CD-R disk manufacturers have become more active in planning their development projects, however CD-R disk production is not necessarily the business companies want to be in when entering the China market...
  • Ahead will Add Full Integration of mp3PRO
    Ahead has upgraded iNero 5.5 with full support for mp3PRO. The mp3PRO digital audio codec has complete backward compatibility with MP3, and improves compression rates and overall audio quality with files that are half the size of the original MP3 data...
  • China Launches Anti-Piracy Effort
    They really brought out the big guns for this one: Giant balloons reached toward the clouds. Hundreds of customs agents stood in rows, listening to marching music that included a chunk of "It's a Small World After All." FM 95.1 went live. And amid it all, outside the Ping Pong Pavilion of the Zhuhai Athletic Center stadium, 15 industrial-strength wood chippers all in a row did just what they were trotted out for Tuesday afternoon - made minced plastic out of 16 million counterfeit CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMS...

28 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
EasyCD Creator 5.02b
Nero Burning Rom
mp3PRO Player/Encoder 1.0.2
Plextor Manager 2000 1.12
Philips PCRW2010K CD-ReWriter
Philips has just released their latest PCRW2010K CD-ReWriter which can write upto 20x speed. 

The PCRW2010K incorporates the SeamlessLink technology to avoid bufferruns by pausing the recording when the data buffer threatens to become empty. Security of recording is further increased by a Thermo Balanced Writing function, which automatically optimizes data integrity and matches data writing parameters to the quality of individual discs.

The PCRW2010K is currently available for EUR 249,00
Philips PCRW2010K Specifications:
  • 20x Write, 10x ReWrite & 40x Read (CAV) (12x DAE)
  • IDE/Atapi Interface
  • Software: Nero 5.5 & InCD
  • SeamlessLink Bufferunderrun technology
  • 2 Year Warranty! 

Philips PCRW2010K
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Yamaha CRW70 Portable CD-ReWriter 
Last weekend at IFA 2001 in Berlin Yamaha has been showing their Yamaha CRW70 portable CD-ReWriter.

The drive will be available as of October 2001, no pricing is known yet.

Yamaha CRW70 Specifications:
  • 12x Write, 8x ReWrite & 24x Read (CAV)
  • USB 2.0 Interface (USB 1.1 Compatible)
  • Software: Nero 5.5, Nero Mix/Toolkit & InCD
  • 8 MB Data Buffer
  • SafeBurn Bufferunderrun technology
  • 220-240v AC Power Adapter
  • Dimension: 136mm(W) x 29mm(H) x 184mm(D)
  • Weight: 563 g 
Philips eXpanium EXP 401 Portable CD/MP3 Player
Philips will release the world smallest CD/MP3 Player, the Philips eXpanium EXP 401, this Autumn.

Like the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 Player it uses 8cm (3") CD media which can contain over 3 hours of compressed digital audio in formats like MP3, UDF or AAC.

Philips eXpanium EXP 401 Specifications:
  • 1x AA battery
  • 100s Magic(tm) ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) technology
  • Dynamic Bass Boost
  • MP3 playback @ 32-320 Kbps including VBR
  • 8cm CD compatibility (Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW)
  • Headphone and AC/DC adapter included. 

Philips eXpanium EXP 401
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire

23 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
B's Recorder GOLD 3.01 [Win]
1.6.0 [Mac]
get it On CD 2.0R1
MacCDR 4.12a
WinCDR 6.17
RSJ CD Writer 2.07 [Win9x]
2.13 [WinNT]
3.60 [OS/2]
X-CD-Roast 0.98alpha9
Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 Player MP3 Hardware Players
The Freecom Beatman seems to be a regular portable CD/MP3 player with one big difference, instead of supporting the usual 12cm CD's this player supports 8cm mini CD media, making it the smallest portable CD/MP3 player!

8cm CD-R/CD-RW media holds about 185 MB of data, good for about 40-50 MP3's or 4-5 WAV's. 

The Freecom Beatman is currently available for EUR 149,- 

Freecom Beatman

Freecom Beatman Specifications:
    Supported Media 
MP3, WAV, 8cm CD-R & CD-RW
103mm x 95mm x 29mm
170 gr.
40 sec. (MP3 CD)
Sennheiser MX 300
7 hours
4.5v AC-adapter or Duracell Ultra M3-Battery
Line out
32-320 Kbps 

22 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Bremse 1.15
DiscJuggler [ENGLISH] 3.50.800
DivX Codec 4.0 Final
DVD Genie 4.05
EasyDivX 1.70
PC CopyBase 1.5 build 64
Win32LAME 1.7
MultiLevel Technology
Plextor has just announced that it will release it's PX-ML3630 MultiLevel CD-ReWriter in December 2001 or early 2002.

The PX-ML3630 is 2 drives in 1, on the one hand it's a regular 12x write CD-ReWriter, on the other a 36x write ML drive.

A ML drive utilizes MultiLevel recordable CD media which can write to 3 separate levels. As this it done simultaneously at 12x speed this will result at a combined 36x writing speed and 2GB of total free space!

Calimetrics, the inventor of the ML technology, also proposes in their roadmaps the same ML technology for DVD±RW media with the release of a 25GB DVD±RW ML drive next year and a 250GB ML drive by 2006!

MultiLevel discs can be mastered and manufactured the same way as other optical discs. Manufacturers only need to make minor modifications of existing disc media formulations for writable discs and ROM manufacturing equipment to produce MultiLevel discs. The cost of adding the ML technology to the disc for the consumer electronics and computer markets is very low. Consumers will be able to realize a significant improvement in performance for a minor increase in cost.

ML Drive Specifications

  • 8x-24x Write & 4x-12x ReWrite
  • 2GB ML Capacity
  • 4MB Memory Buffer
  • IDE/Atapi & IEEE1394 FireWire Interface
Ricoh MP5120 DVD+RW
Ricoh has just announced their Ricoh MP5120 DVD+RW drive. The drive utilizes 2 lenses, one for CD-R/RW writing and the other for DVD+RW writing.

It's expected that it will ship at end of October/early November. 

Ricoh MP5120 Specifications:
  • CD-R/RW: 12x Write (CD-R), 10x ReWrite & 32x Read (DAE)
  • DVD+RW: 2.5x Write & 8x Read
  • JustLink Bufferunderun Technology
  • Lossless Linking (DVD+RW)
  • Compatible with CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD+RW
E&K DATA, the new owner of the TRAXDATA brand, has just announced their TraxData CDRW 241040 Plus 24x write drive which is using the Smart Burn bufferunderrun & autospeed technology.

On the box is says that it supports CD-Text and Overburning. The drive also supports CD-R90 media!

The drive is currently available for DM 399,- 

TRAXDATA CDRW 241040 Plus Specifications:
  • 24x Write, 10x ReWrite, 40x Read 
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • E-IDE/ATAPI Interface
  • Smart Burn Bufferunderun Technology
  • Software: Nero Burning Rom 5.5

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CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • HP unveils DVD+RW drive
    The DVD-writer dvd100i, which will cost $599 when it hits store shelves in September, will be the first commercially available drive based on the DVD+RW standard. With it, consumers will be able to record video onto a disc, play it on a typical home DVD player, and then erase and record again on the same disc. HP plans to incorporate the drives into its PCs later this year...
  • Sony Unveils 24X CD-RW Drives With New Power-Burn Technology
    Sony introduced four ultra high-speed CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) drives with interfaces and software for PC and Mac system users. The new drives support 24X maximum write, and incorporate Sony's Power-Burn technology. Designed to prevent buffer under-run errors, Power-Burn ensures reliable and accurate digital recording...
  • Elantec introduces 3 High Performance Read Channel ICs for DVD/CD Drives
    Elantec announced three new read channel pre-amplifiers for the emerging high growth DVD and DVD/CD Dual Writer optical drive market segments. Elantec has developed a read channel pre-amplifier to provide a system-level solution that works with the company's industry-standard write channel DVD/CD laser driver ICs...
  • Creative's New CD-RW Solution Creates CDs in Under 5 Minutes
    Creative introduces its high performance drive solution, the CD-RW Blaster 161040, which ships this week at an estimated street price of US$129...
  • Panasonic Announces Its First CD/MP3 Car Audio Player/Receiver
    Panasonic announces its first combination CD/MP3 player/receiver for cars. New model CQ-DP171U combines a high quality AM/FM receiver with a CD player that will accommodate both commercially produced CDs and home-recorded discs. It is scheduled to debut in September, with a suggested manufacturer's retail price* (MSRP) of $299.99...
  • Music Sales Declined in First Half of 2001
    US music product shipments fell 4.4 percent to $5.9 billion in the first half of 2001, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said on Tuesday, despite the industry's success in stifling its nemesis Napster...

16 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Audiograbber 1.80 build 4
BlindWrite Suite
CDRWIN 4.0A [13-08-01]
3.8E [13-08-01]
NTI CD Maker 2000 Pro 5.0.8
BlindRead/BlindWrite Suite Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added BlindRead v3.0.2.1 & BlindWrite to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

BlindRead/BlindWrite Updates:

  • Only some small "fixups" and a trial period extension to 15-10-2001.

10 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Audiograbber 1.80 build 3
BetaBlocker 1.0
Clony XL 0808 [GERMAN]
DAEMON Tools 2.80
Feurio! 1.62.3 Beta
Global DiVX Player 1.9.0
Plextor Manager 2000 1.10
MediaCloQ Backup Solution CD Protections
Added the MediaCloQ (SunnComm) backup solution from zEEwEE to the CD Protections pages.
CD/DVD Reviews CD/DVD Reviews
Here are some interesting reviews from the last few weeks:
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Old code defeats new CD anti-ripping technologies
    Macrovision's SafeAudio and Midbar's Cactus - both new technologies designed to prevent CDs from being copied successfully - may have been defeated by software released over two years ago. CloneCD, from German developer Elaborate Bytes, was written to duplicate discs bit by bit. The code requires a CD-R or CD-RW drive that supports RAW mode, which, according to EB, almost all currently available models do...
  • TTR Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2001 Developments
    Marc Tokayer, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "TTR and our strategic alliance partner, Macrovision Corporation , made significant progress towards our goal of commercializing the SAFEAUDIO® copy protection system for audio CDs...
  • 1 million copy-protected CDs released
    Israeli security company Midbar said Wednesday that it released one million copy-protected CDs in the European market and plans are in discussion for entry in the U.S. market...
  • Is copy protection dead on arrival?
    For several weeks, news that record companies have quietly been selling copy-protected compact discs in stores has been filtering around the Net. Although nobody has yet produced a verified copy of a CD loaded with this technology, developed by copy-protection giant Macrovision, it has produced a wave of "sightings" that have swept even to places as prominent as's consumer reviews...
  • CDs A-Go-Go
    Blaupunkt has brought out an in-dash CD player that can handle both types of CDs. It's called the San Jose MP41 and, while it will play typical audio CDs as usual, it will also work with digital music files burned onto a CD in both MP3 and Microsoft 's Windows Media format...
  • Record labels plan copy-proof CDs in post-Napster age
    The music industry is escalating its crusade against Napster-style music swapping with a plan to place stringent controls on compact discs - including, perhaps, the one you bought last week...
  • Macrovision Licenses Over 200 DVD Manufacturers Worldwide
    Macrovision announced that its DVD copy protection technology has now been licensed to over 200 manufacturers of DVD-Video and PC DVD-ROM devices...
  • Memorex Announces 2nd Generation DVD Recording Media Product Line Up
    Memorex announced its second generation of DVD Recordable media will be available in August...
  • Out-of-state resident can be sued in DVD case - DeCSS is Back...
    An out-of-state resident who allegedly posted computer code that circumvents DVD encryption measures can be sued under California law, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday...
  • New Recording Format To Challenge Music CDs
    Blaming the familiar compact disc format for many of the music industry's piracy headaches, a partnership has formed to replace the ubiquitous CD with recorded media the size of a U.S. 25-cent piece...
  • US Moves on Ukraine Trade Benefits Over CD Piracy
    The US said it will suspend Ukraine's duty-free access to the U.S. market and begin steps to impose sanctions on potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of Ukrainian goods because of rampant piracy of music compact discs and similar products...
  • Malaysia cracks down on CD piracy
    The Malaysian government's anti-piracy unit has approved an immediate ban on sales of video CDs in open places to fight against the proliferation of illegal software and pornography...
  • Hollywood Entertainment Announces DVD Revenue Sharing Agreement
    Hollywood Entertainment Corporation, owner of the Hollywood Video chain of over 1800 video superstores, today announced that it has entered into a new VHS and DVD revenue sharing agreement with MGM Home Entertainment...

4 August 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Burn to the Brim 2.0
DAEMON Tools 2.79
DiscJuggler 3.50.800
DivX Codec 4.0 Beta 3
FireBurner [Win32 / Linux] 2.0.8
Nero Burning Rom
PlexTools 1.09
RAW CD Copy 2.1
Burn to the Brim Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added Burn to the Brim v2.0 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

Burn to the Brim v2.0 Updates:

  • Drag and drop found selections from the results window directly to your burn program, so usually no more need for moving folders, just BTTB and burn!
  • Group items based on filename matching and/or MP3 tag Genre, as well as by hand. Now you can keep artist files together, as well as multi-part files!
  • Enter as many custom disk sizes as you wish, and let BTTB autodetect the space available on any CD. No more safe-guessing, really burn until the outer edge!
  • Ability to select items you immediately would like to burn
  • Ability to remove items from the BTTB list in memory which you don't want to include
  • Ability to delete found selections after you have burned them
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Anti-piracy system could damage loudspeakers
    CD pirates beware - the music industry has a new weapon up its sleeve. It is called the Cactus Data Shield, and it is designed to add noisy garbage to all copied CDs. The trouble is, it could also damage the hi-fi and loudspeakers of people who play pirated CDs...
  • Life after Napster: Act II for digital music
    Everyone these days seems to be trying to figure out how to turn digital music into a profitable business. At center stage are two companies, backed by major labels, that are preparing to launch their own for-pay digital music services on the Web before the end of the summer...

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