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Previous News from:  June 1999
29-06-99 CD Info
Added CD Info for:
  • Imation CD-R74 [CMC] - Thanks Thierry & KGHia

Since about a month Imation switched from their quality Taiyo Yuden CD-R's to the lesser quality CMC Magnetics CD-R's. They can be recognized on the outside as the packaging now states that the CD-R's are for 1x-4x speed. Also on the back the copyright message changed from 1997 Imation to 1999 Imation.

CDR Identifier Update 

G&M

Added the CDR Identifier 1.32 to the CD-R Utilities page.

Update:  Added 2 new manufacturers (Acer Media Tech. Inc.).

Kodak CD-PROM Technology

Yahoo!Finance

Eastman Kodak Company announced Kodak CD-PROM technology.

Kodak CD-PROM technology (for Compact Disc-Programmable ROM) combines the technologies of two CDs in one new type of media. It contains mass-replicated information, like the software titles, music and games published on CD-ROM. But these discs add a new feature, a recordable area that lets CD-PROM users customize individual discs. One of the main reasons for this new media is to reduce piracy of copyrighted information and to provide companies with a more efficient way to distribute their products on CD... More info here.

28-06-99 CD Info
Added CD Info/Pictures for:
  • Acorn Millennium CD-R74 - Thanks Jason from Plexus Digital Solutions [UK]
  • BWE CD-R80 Multispeed - Thanks Roy Tan from CDC Nijmegen [The Netherlands]
  • MMore CD-R74 [CMC]
  • Lead Data CD-RW74 2x
BWE CD-R80 Media 
Last week we received a package from Computer Discount Center containing the BWE CD-R80 Multispeed CD-R's.

We have been testing these CD-R's by burning a few Data & Audio CD's and they behaved quite well. Even my picky JVC Car CD-Player accepted them without any problem.

The BWE CD-R80 Multispeed CD-R's are made by Postech, a CD Manuafacturer not that common overhere in Europe. More indepth info can be found on the BWE page.

CD Vergleich 
Added CD Vergleich to the CD-R Utilities page.

CD Vergleich is a small tool which can compare a CD and a CD-Image or two CD's with each other. This is extremely handy when you have to know for sure that the original & copied are exactly the same.

25-06-99 CD Info

Added CD Info/Pictures for:

LG Electronics DRD-8080B DVD-ROM Hits 8X

MaximumPC

LG Electronics, one of the world's largest manufacturers of CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives, is the first manufacturer to formally announce and show the first 8x DVD-ROM drive... More info here.
X-Pression Bin-X
Bin-X is a new tool which is used to convert .BIN/.CUE files (created with CDRWIN) to ISO & WAV files. This way CD-Writers which can't handle the .BIN/.CUE files now can convert them and then are able to write the ISO/WAV files to CD-R.
Firmware Updates
Product

Version

Update
Plextor PX-W820 1.05 Info
Creative CDRW4224E 1.36 -

Thanks Florian & Dave for the info!

The Week in Review

CD/DVD NewsWire

DVD Info:
23-06-99 CD Info
Added CD Info/Pictures for:
  • Samsung CD-R74 Blue - Thanks Bill Crackpot.
  • Memorex CD-R74 Gold - Thanks Jason Leung.
Teac CD-R54
Teac has announced it first ever CD-ReWritable drive. Until now they only made CD-Recordable drives without the rewritable option. The Teac CD-R54E is capable of 4x Write & ReWrite & 32x Read... More info here.
Philips 4x Speed CD-ReWriters
Philips adds three new CD-ReWriters to it's current CDRW400 product-line:
  • Philips PCRW 464K - External drive with USB For computers with Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections.
  • Philips PCRW 463K - External drive with PCMCIA.
  • Philips PCRW 404K - Internal drive.

Most likely the Philips PCRW 404K will be based on the new Teac CD-R54E drive... More info here.

Toshiba SD-W1111 DVD-RAM Drive 
Toshiba introduced the SD-W1111 Advanced DVD-RAM Drive:

Here are the technical drive specifications:

  • DVD-RAM Read/Write
  • DVD-ROM Read
  • CD-ROM Read
  • Capacity SS/DS
 : 
 : 
 : 
 : 
1x (1350 KB/s)
2x (2700 KB/s)
16x (2400 KB/s)
2.6 GB / 5.2 GB

More info here.

22-06-99 MMore CD-R80 Media Problems
Lately there have been reports from users that 5-Pack MMore Extra Capacity CD-R80 Media's, bought at Dynabyte, sometimes contain a few 74 minutes CD-R's. All of the CD-R's have the same Gold/Black MMore Extra Capacity CD-R80 front/back covers.The included 74 minutes CD-R's are, like the 80 minutes, made by Ritek and are easy to recognize as they are missing the "80" marking on the inside ring of the CD-R.
MMore/Ritek CD-R80 Media MMore/Ritek CD-R74 Media
It is very well possible that this "switch" is an packaging error at the Ritek factory. Just exchange the "faulty" CD-R's at your local vendor for real MMore Extra Capacity CD-R80 Media.MMore mainly sells it's CD-R's in The Netherlands so be careful what you buy and check the CD-R's itself.
Matsushita 9.4 GB DVD-RAM Drive

EMedia

Matsushita developed the first DVD-RAM drive capable of reading & writing dual-sided 9.4 GB DVD-RAM media (4.7 GB on each side). It is also read/write compatible with 2.6 GB DVD-RAM discs and read compatible with DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-R and various CD discs... More info here.
CD Speed Update

CD Speed

Added the CD Speed 0.41 to the CD-R Utilities page.
The Week in Review

CD/DVD NewsWire

CD Recordable Info:
DVD Info:
20-06-99 PC Welt
The CD Media World has been featured in the July 1999 issue of the German magazine PC Welt.

The URL & picture of the CD-Writer Modifications page can be seen in their Tips & Tricks: So brennen Sie CDs richtig article.

Click the picture to read the original article (in German) [379 kb]

Thanks Pedro & SWENSKE for mentioning it!!

19-06-99 Software Releases
Product

Version

Company
CDRWIN 3.7D Golden Hawk Technology
DAO 3.7D
WinCDR 4.0.138 Aplix

For a complete overview see the CD-Writer Software & Audio/MP3 Software pages.

The Week in Review

CD/DVD NewsWire

CD Recordable Info:
DVD Info:
Misc Info:
17-06-99 DVD Review Updates
Added a few reviews to the CD ReviewsDVD Reviews page:
Divx R.I.P

CD/DVD NewsWire

The makers of Divx, a rentable DVD system, have announced that they will discontinue operations because they were not able to get enough backing from studios and other retailers... More info here.
Ricoh MediaMaster MP7060 CD-ReWriter

CD/DVD NewsWire

Ricoh will be shipping the Ricoh MP7060 6x/4x/24x CD-ReWriter this July. It will be fastest available CD-R/CD-RW combination on the market today. The drive will be available with a SCSI (MP7060S) or a IDE/Atapi (MP7060A) interface and comes with a 2 Mb
buffer. The included software is CeQuardrat WinOnCD 3.6 & Seagate BackupExec... More info here.
Mitsubishi/Verbatim DVD+RW & DVD-R Media

CD/DVD NewsWire

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and its subsidiary, Verbatim Corporation, announced the release of two new media types for recordable DVD drives: 3 Gb DVD+ReWritable (DVD+RW) and 4.7 Gb DVD-Recordable (DVD-R) media... More info here.
Adaptec EasyCD Creator 4.0

Adaptec

Adaptec will release the new 4.0 release of EasyCD Creator in early fall of this year.

This package will also contain the Take Two software which we introduced a week ago. Other key features include the ability to turn authorized MP3 songs into CDs, access to the CDDB online Disc Recognition Service, and the ability to edit video clips for customized movies... More info here.
15-06-99 CDR Identifier Update

G&M

Added the CDR Identifier 1.31 to the CD-R Utilities page.

Update:  Added 2 new manufacturers (TDK Corp. & Mitsubishi Corp.).

CD Speed Update

CD Speed

Added the CD Speed 0.4 to the CD-R Utilities page.
Software Releases
Product

Version

Company
B's Recorder GOLD 1.25 [Jap] BHA Software
MP3 CDmaker 1.05 ZY2000
NTi CD Maker 3.5.800 [FTP] NTi
PTS-AudioCD MP3-Studio 1.1e
2.0 Beta 1
PTS Software

For a complete overview see the CD-Writer Software & Audio/MP3 Software pages.

Firmware Updates

CDR-Info

Product

Version

Update
Plextor PX-W4220 1.02 CD-Text Read/Write Support
Teac CD-R56S-4x0 1.0J CD-Text Read/Write Support
Teac CD-R56S-600 1.0J
Teac CD-R58S 1.0J
14-06-99 CD Info
Added CD Info/Pictures for:
  • Kodak CD-R74 Gold Ultima
  • Kodak CD-R74 Silver Plus
Plextor PX-R820 OverSize/Overburn Problems
Lately were are getting confusing reports if the Plextor PX-R820Ti/e CD-Writer is able to OverSize/Overburn or not. We know that the Plextor drives tend to locks up near the physical end of a CD-R. The CD-R has been written correctly but the system has to be restarted.

Plextor officially doesn't support this option and that they don't give any support on this subject but this doesn't tell us if it works or not. Any comments can be send here!

Adaptec EasyCD Creator to use CDDB

CD/DVD NewsWire

CDDB, the leading CD information source has granted Adaptec's New Easy CD Creator 4 Deluxe access to the CDDB online Disc Recognition Service... More info here.
Create Custom Disc Media at Virgin MegaStore

CD/DVD NewsWire

Virgin Entertainment Group announced an agreement with RedDotNet, a Digital on Demand company, that will enable Virgin Megastore customers to download music and create custom CDs, DVDs, and MiniDiscs in-store, a revolutionary development heralding a new wave of music retailing... More info here.
11-06-99 The Week in Review

CD/DVD NewsWire

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Misc Info:
10-06-99 Take Two Crash Recovery
Adaptec Take Two for Windows 95/98/NT4.0 is software which is able to backup and recovers hard disks to and from CD-R/RW very easily.

Take Two automatically spans data across multiple CD-R/W discs if it won't fit on a single disc. Furthermore, Take Two includes a data-compression option, requiring less space on CD-R/RW than the original size of the disk partition. When FAT16 or FAT32 file systems is being used then unused sectors are skipped. This can save a lot of unused space.

When a backup is made it is always possible to restore individual files back from the CD-R/RW to the hard disk. A separate bootable diskette is created for restoring a hard disk from scratch. Only for notebooks with a PCMCIA CD-ROM, additional socket services or a port enabler are needed to make the CD-ROM available for the restore process.

Take Two requires Adaptec DirectCD 2.5d or higher for writing the CD-R/RW.

Teac Ships CD-R58S & Lower CD-R56S Prices

Yahoo! Finance

Teac ships the first 8x24 CD-Recordable drives and New Lower Price Points announced for the current 6X24 Models.

Teac's latest 8X24 CD-R records at 1200 kb/s (8X speed) and, as all previous models, only comes with a SCSI interface. The has a DAE rate of 12xaudio. In addition, the drive transfers audio from one disc to another at an audio extraction rate of 12X. More info here.

Plextor PleXWriter 8/2/20 
Plextor introduced the latest addition to it's CD-Writer family: PleXWriter 8/2/20 (PX-W8220Ti/e). The drive combines the existing PleXWriter 8/20 drive & a 2x ReWritable option. In addition it also is able to Read & Write CD-TEXT!

CD-TEXT is the latest extension of the standard Audio CD that contains additional information besides the audio tracks. This information can be the title of the CD, the name of the artist, info on the tracks (songtitle, artist) and more.

Software Releases
Product

Version

Company
Audiograbber 1.50 Jackie
CDMaster32 2.10
2.12.0.5
Zittware
CDex 1.20 Beta 2 Albert L Faber
Easy CD-DA Extractor 3.06.1116 Poikosoft
PTS-AudioCD MP3-Studio 1.1e PTS Software
Winamp

2.23

Winamp.com

For a complete overview see the CD-Writer Software & Audio/MP3 Software pages.

09-06-99 CD-Cops Decrypter v0.9 Beta
Added the CD-Cops Decrypter v0.9 Beta to the CD Protection page.

 The CD-Cops Decrypter is a tool which is able to remove the protection from a CD-Cops protected application. Not all versions of the CD-Cops protection are supported yet so any kind of feedback is very welcome and can be send to:  mcLallo

Creative NOMAD Digital Audio Player
Creative's answer to the Rio from Diamond is called: NOMAD

The NOMAD comes in two versions:

  • NOMAD 32 with 32 Mb RAM and provides up to 1 hour of CD-quality audio and 2 1/2 hours of voice-recording with adjustable bitrate encoding.
  • NOMAD 64 with 64 Mb (32 Mb onboard/32 Mb as a removable media upgrade card). It provides up to 2 hours of CD-quality audio and 4 hours of voice-recording with adjustable bitrate encoding. As an extra it also includes a fully functional digital FM tuner for live music!

A separate "docking-station" (see picture on the right) is used to communicate with the NOMAD.

More picture are available at PC Watch Japan.

Software Releases
Product

Version

Company
CueEd 1.4 CueEd
CDRcue Cuesheet Editor 1.0c DC Software Design

For a complete overview see the CD-Writer Software page.

08-06-99 Philips CDD3610 Firmware Update
Traxdata released the Firmware 3.09 for the Traxdata CDRW2260 Plus. It has now been confirmed that this firmware also works on all CD-Writers based on the Philips CDD3610 drive. The new firmware mainly solves problems with reading 80 minutes CD-R's. So only update when there are problems concerning CD-R80 media.
Just change the included ATAFLASH.INI file for the HP7100i, HP7200i & Philips CDD3610 (don't forget the extra spaces in the name):
[RECORDERS]
"IDE-CD  ReWritable-2x2x6"
"Traxdata CDRW2260+"
"HP     CD-Writer+ 7100"
"PHILIPS CDD 3610"
If your CD-Writer is not included just add the exact string which can be read from the System Properties when using Win95/98.
Connection Problems...
For the last few hours the CD Media World could not be reached because of a crashed harddisk in the server which is hosting the Domain-Name.
07-06-99 CDR Identifier Update

G&M

Added the CDR Identifier 1.30 to the CD-R Utilities page.

Update:  Added 1 new manufacturer.

Software Releases
Product

Version

Company
HyCD Publisher 5.0 HyCD
MP3 CDmaker 1.04 ZY2000
RSJ Software
RSJ CD Writer [WinNT] 1.06
RSJ CD Writer [OS2] 2.79

For a complete overview see the CD-Writer Software page.

04-06-99 TDK 80 Minutes CD-R Media

Yahoo! Finance

TDK today announced that it is introducing extended-capacity 80-minute/700 MB multimedia and music CD-R discs this July. The new discs offer an additional 50 MB or 6 minutes of stereo music capacity over conventional 74-minute / 650 MB CD-R discs.

As the first manufacturer to offer extended-capacity CD-R discs, TDK has been supplying recording studios with 80-minute CD-R discs for music mastering applications since 1996. The company's decision to bring its extended-capacity technology to the wider business and consumer markets follows on the publication earlier this spring of updated industry standards (Orange Book Part II) for 80-minute discs. More info here.

CDR Identifier Update

G&M

Added the CDR Identifier 1.29beta to the CD-R Utilities page.

Updates:

  • Better looking GUI - Changed some of the GUI elements.
  • Added a Button to copy ATIP information directly to the Clipboard.
The Week in Review
Added the CD/DVD NewsWire which features all available news items which are mentioned in the Week in Review. This is done because Yahoo! deletes this information after about a week.
CD Recordable Info:
DVD Info:
Software Releases

CRCPL

Product

Version

Company
Direct CD 2.5d Adaptec
DiscJuggler 1.05.345 Padus
Feurio! 1.22 GER
1.22 ENG
Feurio
Fire Burner 0.91 IgD
03-06-99 Macrovision Signs Copy Protection Agreement with Microsoft

Yahoo! Finance

Macrovision announced that Microsoft has signed a two-year agreement to use Macrovision's SafeDisc PC CD Copy Protection. Under the agreement, Microsoft will use SafeDisc on a wide variety of educational, games, and personal finance software distributed worldwide. Read on here.
02-06-99 Traxdata/Philips Firmware Update
Traxdata released the Firmware 3.09 for the Traxdata CDRW2260 Plus. This writer is based on the Philips CDD3610 drive and this means that this firmware can also be used for this writer. This firmware update still doesn't support Overburning/Oversizing! - Thanks 007 for sending the firmware.



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