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How Solid is CD DVD Disc Duplication Technology?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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Common Benefits of Recordable CD and DVD duplication

Both CD and DVD technologies offer many benefits in the corporate IT world, starting with the highly portable nature of the drives and media. No one would dream of lugging a magnetic tape drive around on the road, but every notebook computer maker offers optional or built-in recordable CD and DVD drives, or combo drives that can handle both media. The discs themselves are very lightweight, yet relatively durable, especially compared to tape cartridges.

CD/DVD discs are ideal for transferring large amounts of data or files from one system to another. Whether you are transferring data, audio, video or image files, there is an optical disc that will suit your needs. CDs can be written in under three minutes, while DVDs can be written in less than 15 minutes. And with advanced recording features such as BURN-Proof, it is nearly impossible for users to create “coasters.”

Cost is another factor that goes in favor of CD and DVD. When purchased in bulk quantities, the media costs a fraction of a cent per megabyte, and the prices of drives keep falling. Compared with other segments of the removable storage industry, the CD/DVD market is dominated by large multinational companies with well-known brand names, so there’s little risk of buying a dead-end solution from a company that won’t be around to support it tomorrow.

Overall, it is relatively easy for IT departments to feel comfortable about purchasing CD and DVD recording technology because it’s stable and inexpensive. At the same time, the small data storage capacity of CDs makes them somewhat less useful compared with the much larger capacity of DVDs.

Data Storage and Backup Applications

As computer systems and their associated applications grow, demands on data storage also increase proportionally. Five years ago, a hard drive of two gigabytes might have been sufficient for most office applications. Today, 20 gigabytes is probably closer to the norm.

One reason is that individual application files keep getting larger and larger. Data is no longer restricted to simple text or numerical form, but encompasses multimedia and high-quality image processing. A single PowerPoint presentation, for instance, may include embedded audio, pictures, or even video clips, resulting in a file size that exceeds one gigabyte!

Currently, erasable optical storage is too slow to be used as a computer’s main storage facility, but as the speed improves and the cost comes down, CD-RW and DVD-RW devices are becoming a popular alternative to tape systems as a backup method. One important advantage in this age of the “mobile knowledge worker” is that CD and DVD burners provide individualized backup of standalone computers, including notebooks, whenever and wherever you want it.

Sometimes people simply need to take work home from the office-or maybe they telecommute regularly from home. Most people don’t have magnetic tape or magnetic disc drives built into their home PC, and the floppy disk’s miniscule capacity renders it obsolete. CD/DVD is the only removable media with sufficient capacity that works at both home and office.

Optical media is also perfect for storing archives of critical corporate data, such as financials or personnel records. Just consider the average predicted lifespan of various data storage media, and then ask yourself which one you would use to preserve your most precious family pictures:

* Magnetic Discs — 1 to 5 years

* Magnetic Hard drives — 3 to 6 years

* Magnetic Tape — 10 to 20 years

* Recordable CD — 30 years

* Recordable DVD — 70 years.

Customer and Corporate Communications

CD/DVD is easy and cheap updateable publishing media for enterprises. This makes optical media very useful in a broad range of both internal and external communications applications. For example, a sales force wants to present a digital brochure to customers. The brochure includes interactive presentations with rich multimedia content that people can navigate and view at their own pace. Only a CD/DVD can provide the storage capacity and the universal playability required for this application.

Other examples of communications applications include menu-driven annual reports for shareholders; interactive workforce and management training; distributing large amounts of updateable documentation such as product catalogs; and distributing software, training videos, etc.

Recordable CDs and DVDs make all of these applications much easier and less expensive to distribute than paper, video, or any other data storage medium. CD/DVD is even less expensive to mail than videotape; and video on CD/DVD does not rapidly deteriorate in quality, unlike videotape.


CD-RW is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for removable data storage on both consumer and corporate PCs. As CD technology dovetails into future DVD technology, recordable optical storage continues to provide real value to corporate IT departments. The value of this technology will only grow as the data storage capacities of discs get bigger and the data transfer rates of drives get faster.

In early 2002, the DVD Forum’s Steering Committee announced their support for a blue laser successor to the original DVD format: the “Blu-ray Disc” format. The DVD Forum itself voted to approve the use of a completely different low-bit-rate compression technology for High-Definition DVD (HD-DVD).

Whatever the outcome of this latest industry standards face-off, we do know that the current generation of DVD technology uses a red laser to achieve a 4.7GB capacity (single-layer disc), while next generation HD-DVD will use a blue-violet laser to achieve capacities of 27GB (single-layer disc) up to 50GB (dual-layer disc). This dramatic increase in capacity promises to fuel future demand for optical data storage products in the enterprise.

The Future of CD Duplication and CD Replication

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Kurb is an Auckland, New Zealand based marketing and promotions company that offers cd cd duplication, cheap printing and auckland poster as well as branching into affordable digital marketing – online marketing and online video marketing

our services include blog set up, blog development, blog promotion  – graphic design, youtube marketing campaigns, marketing and brand development for artists and full creative development and execution of digital marketing campaigns.


Through the decades, our music formats have changed multiple times. From victrola discs, to vinyl LP records, to 8 tracks and cassettes, and in 1982 the compact disc was introduced. The CD is widely used as a way of
transmitting audio (or data) to computers and home audio systems. We have access to blank ones to write our own music and data to and probably get one with any software we buy from electronic stores. Now with the digital age approaching quicker, will the CD be able to survive?

The CD was first introduced in 1982 with the release of Billy Joel’s 52nd Street. Early on the next year, CBS Records released 16 albums on CD and this began changing the music scene indefinitely. Over the course of the next few years, sales would increase and the country band Dire Straits with 1985 album Brothers in Arms. David Bowie had all of his records pressed to CD in 1985 as well by label RCA. The album with the most CD sales is the Beatles’ 1 that was released in 2000. This album sold 30 million CD copies (not the overall album sales, just the CD sales).

Through the years, and more recently, record labels have tried to add a “copy protection” on CDs. However, due to some CD readers having a computer CD-ROM mechanism, they would not read. This protection prevented owners from copying the CD to their computers to copy or distribute online as MP3 files. This new idea quickly backfired with people (and computer software) that cracked the protection. Some used a felt tip marker around the edge. Windows Media Player would encode the file to be able to have so many copies burned. However, once burned to a CD, that new CD was able to be recopied and the protection would no longer be there.

In the mid 90’s, the MP3 was able to be written to a computer hard drive and by the late 90’s, the MP3 was going full in effect, small files of songs ranging from 2-7MB each were being
swapped on the Internet and this created our digital sharing era we know today. Roxio released an MP3 player in 1998 despite what the RIAA had thought of it (and tried to prevent it). Napster became the first peer-to-peer culprit of sharing MP3 files and the music industry began pursuing lawsuits against the company and the individuals who were sharing the MP3 files, citing this was reducing record sales. Napster as a free sharing program was shut down. In the mid-2000’s, digital protection was added to MP3 files purchased from the internet stores such as iTunes. Until recently, that protection was encoded to prevent the songs legally purchased from illegally going up on the internet. That however would not stop the sharing. While people found ways to rid their files of the Digital Rights Management protection (or simply DRM), courts began to side with the people who were being sued stating owning copies of songs is not illegal, the illegal act is actually sharing the file, not downloading.

So with the revolution of the MP3 and the most popular digital player the iPod, where have we gone now with our music distribution? MusicPass was introduced in January of 2008 and is a small card, about the size of a credit card, that has a PIN on it to visit the MusicPass website and download content purchased. The cards can be found at nearly any music retailer such as Best Buy and normally contains the entire album, plus a few extra tracks such as remixes or bonus tracks and a video. These are MP3 files to be downloaded. And most recently, the SlotMusic MicroSD cards are the newest way to sell an album. These were designed to fit cell phones and music players with a MicroSD slot and are able to be placed on a computer as well. The average $7-$10 an album.

So where is the CD heading with all these new options? With a digital wave high in tow, physical CD sales have declined drastically over more recent years. The U.S. several years ago ceased distributing physical CD singles, replaced by digital singles. Because of the digital wave, Billboard has implemented digital formats into their charts and also into their Hot 100 formula, which now consists of digital downloads, radio airplay and 5% on demand streaming. CD sales have dropped and an average opening week for album sales overall is now at about 250,000 for bigger names and 100,000 roughly for other acts. As of August 12th, 2009, album sales totaled at 6 million units, 16% down from the same week last year and the total album sales for 2009 is 214 million units, down 14% compared to the previous year.

The physical CD is being replaced by single song downloads and album sales on iTunes and other digital retailers. As album sales decline and single sales go up, it leaves the music lover to wonder what will happen of the music industry’s major structure. The RIAA is losing its battle with piracy. Albums leak on the internet regularly now and supporters will purchase the album. However, a leak is a way to determine rather the album will be any good or if it will be another compilation of 5 radio ready songs and the rest fillers.

After 27 years of the compact disc, it’s unlikely that the CD will be completely phased out as it is used for CD-ROM installations, burnable music, the standard physical album. However, it is highly likely to see a
reduced number of CDs sold in stores and that has already gone underway. Best Buy has reduced its CD section by nearly half in most stores, selling whatever labels ship also the new media formats of the MusicPass and SlotMusic microSD cards. If anything, the CD will be phased to a mere nothing in the music industry and the digital music players will increase and have more playing options for these new inventions such as the microSD card format.

CD Duplication and DVD Reproduction Systems

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Kurb is an Auckland, New Zealand based marketing and promotions company that offers cd dvd copying, cheap printing and auckland poster as well as branching into affordable digital marketing – online marketing and online video marketing

our services include blog set up, blog development, blog promotion  – graphic design, youtube marketing campaigns, marketing and brand development for artists and full creative development and execution of digital marketing campaigns.


the technology of CD duplication has been in use for many different reasons. These different reasons include creating personal music CD’s, CD’s for saving business cards and even for the making of DVD copies. People all over the world expect more than this in near future with this great technology of CD duplication. Companies as well as the individuals using this technology of CD duplication for their own purposes will do very well in order to have certain amount of knowledge regarding the current technology that has been in use. As technology is getting updated almost everyday, companies, in future will be able to take advantage of CD duplication and do more innovative activities that it will help for their business needs and its growth.

Present system used in CD and DVD duplication

The current systems or hardware that are used for the CD duplication range from the simple machines to most complicated software and hardware as well. Apart from the regular CD burners that are used in the PCs for CD duplication, the most traditional CD duplication machines are the CD copier. CD copiers for CD duplication are the machines that are attached to the computer through the SCSI port. This copier is used along with the CD duplication copying software and they are used to produce small quantity of CD’s. Stand-along copiers that do not need to be attached to the computers are the modern CD duplication copiers. With the help- of these CD duplication copiers, multiple CD’s can be burnt at a time. Many CD’s can be written at a time due to the tower format of this copiers and with this, there will be several CD writers stacked in the same tower.

If you want to conduct several CD duplication at a time, then you can make use of automated CD duplication copiers. This machine have both the input and output spindles attached with them. In the input spindles, the blank CD’s will be stacked. With the help of robotic arms that it contains, it will select one CD from the input spindle and then send the CD’s for writing to the drive. After the copying is done, it will place the copied CD to the output spindle automatically.

For the purpose of CD supplication, there are wide ranges of CD duplication hardware systems that are currently being used for many different purposes. For simple usage or small quantity copying, a simple CD duplication burner can be used. For larger quantities of CD duplication, then the most modern and automated CD duplication copying machines are used so that the work is done at faster rate.

What Future for CD and DVD Duplication?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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Slowly but surely Apple is killing off the CD. The hands of its greatest enemy and ally, depending on who you ask, are murdering the lifeblood of the record industry. It may not happen today, tomorrow, or a year from now. However, if Apple has anything to say about it, this will happen. The CD will die. Apple’s assault on the plastic disc started subtly; they invented the iPod. As of late, their actions speak louder than words.

More On How Applle Is Killing The CD Below:

1. iPod:
Ah yes, the awesome iPod, how much do you hate my CD collection? So much so that I have not seen it since I started storing it in the backseat of my car. It used to long for the drives when I would gleefully flip through its four disc pages and gently insert one of its shiny Frisbees into my player.

2. iTunes:
You bastards do not sell CDs, do you? Had iTunes only sold physical discs, the record industry could go back to pretending that the uncoupling of albums would never happen. Do you know how many years it took us to write the licensing deals and price out singles? We sell albums you prick.

3. MacBook Air:
Look at me; I am too cool for a CD player. It adds weight. If those hipsters want to gain some muscle they should carry around a laptop with a CD player in it. That is what men do. Now instead of using CDs like men, all those girls are going to reinstall OS X on their computers with USB-sticks.

4. iTunes Icon:
Your blue Smurf looking thing of a logo is screwing with the coolness of my applications tray. The old logo had a CD in it and may have needed an update. At least it did not look like a five year old designed it in Paint. Come on, bring the CD back or I am switching to Sharepod or Winamp.

5. Mac App Store:
Apple plans to sell programs through an online app store. Maybe I liked driving to the store, overpaying, and going home to install my software using a CD. It had a process. Kids will take software for granted. Once they can get it instantly, they will no longer appreciate the time us older folks took to install programs with our CDs. I will manually install software.

I won’t buy a computer unless it has an optical drive, PERIOD. This is not like the floppy disk or even the cassette. The CD and mp3 are interchangeable formats. I like both, and have no plans to abandon it. There are also a lot of people who use DVDs and Blu Rays. For convenience and portability sake, some computers/netbooks, etc. do not have optical drives. But everyone has a computer that does have one, because sometimes you need it. I just don’t see the CD dying anytime soon, although for the music industry, its death would be a godsend. Everyone knows the #1 copying mechanism is not internet file sharing. It’s the CD changing hands and computers. The music industry’s magic disks were what caused copying in the first place.

Cheap Auckland Printing CD DVD Copying Online

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I don’t really need to have a specific idea for a blog post to post here on the kurb blog.

I do have plans to maybe make improvements around here and make the information available more useful but for now, I’m happy to simply journal on the progress I’m making with my business here in auckland doing cheap printing, photocopying, colour copying and cd and dvd copying / duplication / replication.

This week again proved extremely busy, reminding me you never know when big opportunities in business will burst forth.

It also underlines a new tone I’m bringing to this blog, obviously the main reason I began blogging here was to help build my business but I am distinctly pondering whether growing my business is something I really want to do at all?

We had one of our busiest weeks ever and all I was really focused on was how much stress I was under trying to orhanise all the cd copying and dvd copying and printing jobs we had on.

I was getting extremely stressed out over cashflow this week however, because it’s only just sinking in that trying to get your money out of some clients can be as hard as doing the work in the first place.

I always invoke the power laws of the pareto principal, that by eliminating the most inefficient percentile of activity you can improve overall effeciency.

It’s hard to recognise when a particular cd dvd duplication or cd dvd printing job that we’re doing can become especially difficult, but it’s certain the more stressful the working situation becomes the more likely we are to make mistakes.

This year I had a lot of big ideas, including starting a retail shop amongst them but I’ve really had to re evaluate that strategy because although long term it might be an excellent idea, in the short term it would mean very little gainful profit and a lot of hard work, commitment and responsibility.

The moment you have a shop you have higher overheads and you need to be in there making it work, and I don’t really see that that’s what I want to be doing.

I need to find ideas that make value for me as well as users, to me I’m closeted up as an internet based entrepreneur and marketer thats why I would see myself being interested in a social venture, hospitality, as it wouldn’t have to derive much income to be valuable to me.

It’s all about finding those sweet spots where I can enjoy what I’m doing and profit from it.

Right now it’s just important I do what I can to help out my online music marketing clients so I can get over the hump there, so many issues trying to stay on top of these campaigns while we’ve had so many cd copying and dvd copying jobs coming in that it’s made m

There does seem to be a few video ideas trickling in however which means I will most likely stay committed to only 6 music marketing campaigns for now, which means I can take on more video and other projects that are not designed to be ongoing.