Copy Cds And Save Money
Just a short while ago, the only people who had
access to CD duplication were professional musicians,
record company executives, and the higher end
recording studios. As technology increased and
became more affordable, private CD duplication
companies began to pop up all over the United States
and other major music centers throughout the country.
These days, CD duplication has never been more
accessible or more affordable. Most home computers
and laptops come with a CD-RW burner and software
that is very user friendly, making CD duplication
Even if you are new to computers, you'll find
CD duplication very easy to figure out. You don't
have to be a computer expert to use the CD-RW
burner or the software, as most of it is self
explanitory. All you need to do is give it a run
and see easy things actually are.
Those who are needing a large quantity of CDs
duplicated or simply wish to have a professional
company burn their CDs, there are several out there
that offer great rates, package deals, and quality
recordings. You can get as many as you want, with
quality that matches that of the master copy.
Most CD duplication companies offer packages that
will include inserts, tray cards, and even
packaging should you choose to take your duplicates
to retail sale.
You can also choose to have your graphic work
imprinted on the inserts or have the CD duplication
company design a totally new design for your very
product. If you are worried about the inventory,
barcodes can be imprinted on the CD case or the
sleeve by the same company.
For whatever duplication needs you may have, there
are companies out there that offer duplication or
you can do it yourself. Either way you choose,
you'll get the copies you need in no time at all.
Tips For Cd Duplication Side Business
The process of CD duplication has arrived in a very
big way. Teenagers these days are using their CD
burners to rip MP3s from their favorite artists and
bands. Companies choose to use CD duplication to
make backups of their software and important
Federal agencies on the other hand, are scrambling
to define and interpret intellectual piracy and
copyright laws as they relate to CD duplication and
the industry of music as a whole. The movie industry
is also seeking how they can profit from using CD
duplication. With so much attention being focused
on CD duplication, now is the ideal time to turn
your home CD duplication hardware into a very
profitable side business.
Believe it or not, you may already have everything
you need to get your CD duplication process going
in the right direction. All you need to get your
business started is a computer, CD burner, CD
duplication software, and a few blank CD-R disks.
Contrary to what you may think, its that easy to
If you don't have a computer or a CD burner, you
really shouldn't worry, as purchasing a CD duplication
device is actually very affordable. The cost of
stand alone CD duplication software has reduced
quite a bit over the years.
Almost all home computers come with internal CD
duplication hardware (CD burners) and some sort
of duplication software as well. CD duplication
media, such as blank CD-R and CD-RW are very
low in price and can be purchased at almost all
The market for your CD duplication service or
company is going to local bands and musicians as
well as small businesses. Local up and coming
bands are often too busy perfecting their sound
to deal with the tedious and time consuming task
of duplicating CDs for their gigs. They also lack
the money to order CDs from the big time CD
duplication companies as well.
The smaller businesses are pretty much the same, as
they are almost always unable to financially
justify having a technical or computer staff to
handle the backup and data storage aspects of their
company. Many times, they will end up forgoing
needed data backups simply because they forget all
You can however, solve these common gaps, provide
needed service, and earn some nice side money by
starting your own duplication service that caters
to these types of clients. By offering a reasonable
price, fast rate of delivery, and a quality product,
you'll get many repeat customers and a side
business that will keep busy for as long as you
Cd Duplication Information
It's important to realize from the start that the
duplication and replication process is the same,
regardless of content, as well as the differences
between the CD duplication and replication process.
The duplication of CDs refers to burned CDs, such
as the CD burner with a personal computer. The
burned audio CDs have playability issues in some CD
players, normally car stereos, portable CD players,
and even older types of CD players.
The duplication of CDs has much faster turn times,
simply because a stamp doesn't need to be made.
The process of duplication can start as soon as the
master is received, where the replication process
doesn't start for 5 - 7 days, during which time a
glass master and stamper must be made.
When done locally with a personal computer, you
can duplicate an audio or data CD in just a couple
of minutes. To duplicate a CD, you must have a
computer with a CD-RW drive. This drive copies
the CD disks, and without one - you simply cannot
If you have a DVD-RW drive, you can copy both DVD
and CD disks. These drives are normally the way
to go, as they can copy virtually anything you
stick in the drive. Once you have your drive,
you'll also need software to copy the disks, which
there are many out there for you to choose from.
With a CD-RW drive, you can copy audio CDs, data
CDs, even make SVCD copies. The disks used for
CD will hold up to 700 MB (MegaBytes) of data, or
up to a little over an hour of music.
With everything CD duplication has to offer you,
its no wonder why it's so popular. If you've
never tried duplication before, you should rush
and get you a CD-RW drive for your computer right
now - as the many uses will simply amaze you.
Intro To Cd Duplication
The first thing you must know, is that there are many
different types of CD duplication. Some of them happen
to be illegal, which is why you'll need to make sure
that the CDs you are duplicating are allowed by local
laws and regulations.
The CD duplication process is basically taking one
CD and making a copy of it, or if you prefer, many
copies of it. A CD can store information of many
forms, such as pictures, movies, data, and even
music. Therefore, you'll need to determine which type
of duplication you are interested in.
You'll also need to think about how many copies you
plan to make as well, as the costs of equipment will
vary. Most computers that you buy these days will
come with a CD-RW drive, and the software you'll
need to make copies of the CD disks.
CD duplication is very easy to do, as you all you have
to do is a few clicks. Even if you are new to
computers, you'll find that duplicating CDs is one
of the easiest things you'll do with your computer.
With the common software, you can copy an audio or
even a data disk in just a few minutes. The most
common program is Nero, as it does wonders for CD
duplication and CD-RW drives. If you have access
to Nero, you'll find it very easy to use and very
handy to have installed on your computer.
Once you begin to copy CDs, you can make copies of
your audio CDs, back up your computer, even make
copies of your pictures. The sky is the limit with
CD duplication - which is the main reason it has
become so popular over the years.
How To Copy Cds
Copying CDs is something that is very popular now more
than ever. When CD burners and duplication was first
introduced, people caught on although it wasn't nearly
as popular as it is today. These days, millions of
people throughout the world copy audio, data, and
even video to CDs.
To make a copy of a CD, you'll need a master to copy,
a blank disk, a CD-RW drive, and the proper software.
Most newer computers include either a CD-RW or DVD-RW
drive. If your computer is older, you'll need to go
out and buy the drive, which doesn't cost much money
and is very easy to install.
If you have a DVD-RW drive, you'll be able to copy
both CDs and DVDs. The rate of copying will vary,
with 4X being the slowest and up to 48X being the
fastest. If your drive supports 48X, you can duplicate
a CD in a matter of minutes.
Once you have the CD-RW or DVD-RW drive and some
blank CD-R media, all you need is the software to
duplicate. Nero is among the most popular, as well
as Sonic Record Now and Easy CD Creator. There are
many different types out there, from those that cost
money to the freeware software that doesn't cost
anything to use.
Once you have everything you need, simply run the
software and create your disk. You can copy many
types of media, including pictures, video, audio,
and even data from your computer. Depending on what
you want to copy, all need to do is select it from the
software menu and let it rip.
CD duplication is a lot of fun and easy for everyone
to learn as well. You can back up a lot of things,
or just save pictures of your special memories - the
choices are entirely up to you.
The high demand and dramatic increase in CD media,
plus the competitive pressures to squeeze out
every possible cost and improve the profit margins
have given rise to many manufacturers of CD related
media. To help reduce the costs of increasing
capacity, many of these firms have relocated their
old manufacturing lines and hired staff that learn
on the job.
The biggest problems with CDs occurs when discs are
produced using older equipment then end up failing
when you try to use them. Luckily, most of these
types will fail when you first try to record on
them. There is however, a likelihood that the disc
will complete a burn and the media won't play at
The agony of taking your photo or video treasures
and putting them on CD or DVD and then deleting them
from your camera or computer only to realize that
the copy is corrupted is far too much to risk. The
brand name company's such as Verbatim choose to
guard their reputation for quality and durability
by using only advanced recording dye and other
types of technology to produce high speed discs.
The stability of the recording dye is very critical
as heat, humidity, oxygen, and even UV light can
degrade the dye. Verbatim research has also proven
there is a strong correlation between the production
and bonding processes of disc quality.
For data and personal pictures that are important,
you should always buy quality CD media. Then,
before you go ahead and delete the source file,
trying playing the disc back to ensure that it
copied correctly. This way, you won't have to
worry about losing your precious files and photos
when you remove the source from your computer.
Below, you'll find the most common terminology that
relates to CD duplication. Even if you are new to
duplication, the terms below may help you learn more.
Block Error Rate. This is the raw digital error rate
before any type of error correction.
This the Compact Disc, a digital medium that's formed
of a 12cm polycarbonate substrate, a reflective
metalized layer, and a protective lacquer coating.
Compact Disc-Recordable. The term CD-R is used to
describe the technology of recordable CD along with
the equipment, software, and media that are used to
make the recordable disks.
With CD-R media, this is the organic dye that is
sandwiched between the polycarbonate substrate and
the metalized reflective layer of the media. CD-R
disks don't have any data on them at all until the
This is a manufacturing method where the molten
material is forced into a mold, normally under
high pressure, then cooled so that the material
will take on the shape of a mirror image in the
Media or blanks
CD-R media are the disks that are used to record
digital information using a special recorder and
premastering software with a computer. These discs
are made of a polycarbonate substrate, a layer of
organic dye, a metalized reflective layer, and a
coating of lacquer for protection.
The data layer of CD-R media is made from a dye
that is melted during the process of recording.
Where the dye is melted, becomes opaque or
refractive, scattering the reading laser so that
it isn't reflected back into the reading sensors.
This is the metal later that sits on top of the
dye that reflects the laser beam back to the
reading assembly. This is normally 24k gold in
CD-R disks, although it can be silver as well.
Musicians And Cd Duplication
These days, technology is always available for any
inspiring musician to record, create, and even
duplicate CDs. The duplication of CDs will involve
CD-R media. CD-R media prices have dropped a lot
over the last several years, making them affordable
for anyone who wants to use them.
If your band is ready to start selling CDs, your
best option may be to have your CDs replicated.
Replicated CDs are the same CDs that you'll find
in music stores by major label artists. They all
have excellent artwork printed on the CD inserts,
nice tray card inserts, screened art on the CD,
and they are even shrink wrapped.
The retail CDs that you buy aren't duplicated, they
are replicated. This means that an exact replica
of your master CD has been stamped out on all of
the other CDs. If you are serious about selling
your music for profit, replication is the way to
The fact is, most stores simply won't sell duplicated
CDs. Duplicated CDs can be against the law,
which is the main reason retail stores simply
won't carry them. Replicated CDs let the stores
know that the CD is legit, and they will almost
always carry those CDs.
For musicians and inspiring bands, CD duplication
can tend to be a bit more expensive than that
of replication. To duplicate CDs, you need a
computer with a CD burner, your CD-R media, cases,
and a lot of man hours.
With CD replication, you can get many more copies,
professional artwork, a barcode for inventory, and
cases included. Replication is obviously to
expensive for those looking to simply back up
pictures and data on a personal computer, although
the prices are just right for musicians looking
to make profit off of their CDs.
Differences Between Cd Dvd Media
Even though both CD and DVD disks have the same
media size and shape, the things they have in
common ends there. There are many different
things between the two, such as what they hold
and how much they hold.
Data pits and lasers
A disc has microscopic grooves that will move
along in a spiral around the disc. CDs and
DVDs both have these grooves, with laser breams
applied to scan these very grooves.
As you may know, digital information is represented
in ones and zeroes. Inside of these discs, very
tiny reflective bumps known as lands and non
reflective holes known as pits, which can be
found beside the grooves, reflect both the ones
and the zeroes of digital information.
By reducing the wave length of the laser to 625mm
or more infrared light, DVD technology has
managed to write in smaller pits when compared
to the standard technology of CD. This will
allow for a greater amount of data per track
on the DVD. The minimum length allowed for a
pit in a single layer DVD-R is .4 micron, which
is obviously more than the .0834 micron that a
The tracks of a DVD are narrower as well, which
allows for more tracks per disc, which also
translates into more capacity than a CD. The
avaerage single layer DVD holds 4.5 GB of data,
while a CD holds a mere 700 MB.
As stated above, a DVD has smaller pits and the
lasers need to focus on them. This is actually
achieved by using a thinner plastic substrate
than in a CD, which means that the laser needs
to pass through a thinner layer, with less
depth to reach the pits. It's this reduction in
thickness that's responsible for the discs
that were only 0.6mm thickness - which is half
that of a CD.
Data access speed
DVDs will access data at a much faster rate than
a CD can. The average 32X CD-ROM drive reads
data at 4MB a second, while a 1X DVD drive reads
at 1.38MB a second. This is even faster than
an 8X CD drive.
Universal data format
The recording formats of CDs and DVDs are quite
different, as DVDs use UDF, or the Universal
Data Format. This format allows data, video,
audio, or even a combination of all three to
be stored in a single file structure. The
advantage to this is any file can be accessed
by any drive, computer, or even consumer video.
CDs on the other hand aren't compatible with
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