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---  NEWS  --- JANUARY 2001 ---  NEWS  ---

31 January 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDRWIN 3.8D [30-01-01] 
CD'n'GO 1.81 
Clony 1.06D
Jam 2.6.2
Music Net-Burner 4.00
Plextor Manager 2000 1.09
UnSecuROM 1.0
UnSecuROM - Executable Unwrapper CD/DVD Utilities
Added UnSecuROM v1.0 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

SecuROM is a well known CD-Copy Protection made by Sony DADC which identifies if a CD is "authentic" through a special authentication mechanism. In that process, they save a fingerprint which assign an unique number in each CD-ROM title.

UnSecurom is able to remove the CD-Copy Protection from any SecuROM protected game! The original CD or a DAO RAW backup with SUBCODES to is needed to remove the protection..

UnSecurom is compatible with Win95/98/ME but currently NOT with WinNT/2000!

Clony - CD Detector CD/DVD Utilities
Added Clony v1.06D [GERMAN] to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

Clony is a similar tool as CD Protection Detection/Detective which is able to detect what kind of CD Protection is being used on your CD's! It currently supports SafeDisc, SafeDisc v2, SecuROM, DiscGuard, CD-Cops, LaserLock, Cactus Data Shield, Lock Blocks, ProtectCD, PSX/Lybcrypt, CD-Check, Dummy Files, Oversize & Illegal TOC protection.


30 January 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Dart CD-Recorder 4.0.33
DiscDump 1.10
DiscJuggler 3.00.762
Exact Audio Copy 0.9 PreBeta 8
Feurio! 1.57
Nero Burning Rom
RSJ CD-Writer 2.01 [WinNT] 
Z-Disc Burner 1.0 Int [Mac/G4] 
DDump Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added DDump v1.10 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

New Features/Updates:

  • Added option DUMMYFILES for CDs with damaged dummyfiles (e.g. MB Truck Racing)
  • Improved compatibility for non-MMC drives
  • Greatly improved jitter correction, some bugfixes of bugs introduces in 1.09
  • Made code more compatible with non-MMC drives.
  • Fixed some bugs relating to Plextor drives.

26 January 2001
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Sony CDQ-74N1 16x [Sony] Master CD-R74 Pro [CPO]
Aterra Media CD-R74 [Fornet] Lead Data CD-RW74 4x [InfoDisc]
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DiscJuggler 3.00.758
Hotburn 2.1.5
MP3 CD Maker 1.31
PlayBackup 2.1
Plextor PXUpgrade32 1.08
Plextor PXInfo 1.08
SIREN 2.0 build 143
PlayBack SecuROM/SafeDisc v2
A new tool, called PlayBackup, has arrived which can be used to play SecuROM & the latest SafeDisc v2 protected games from a backup CD! It works similar to DAEMON Tools but this tool works in combination with CloneCD! 

PlayBackup does not crack the application, it alters the CD Protection delivered from the CD-ROM "on the fly":

  • SecuROM Patch:
    If the application tries to read subchannel data from the CD-ROM, the PlayBackup driver delivers altered data. Result: The copy will be identified as an original.
  • Hide CD-Writer Patch:
    When the application checks, if the inserted media is a CD-R or CD-RW, the PlayBackup driver will always deliver "This is a pressed, silver CD". Result: Backups will run from CD-Writers and combo drives.
  • SafeDisk v2 Patch:
    This is the really cool one. As a lot of writers can't write special "SafeDisk2 Sectors", PatchImage replaces these sectors with "literal descriptions" of the sector content. These replacement sectors can be written by all writers.
    When playing the backup, the PlayBackup driver converts these sectors to the original content. Result: The backup will run!

Thanks Peter for sending the tools!!!

CD Speed Test Results
Erik Deppe has published the latest CD Speed 2000 test results which puts the latest AOpen CRW1232 CD-Rewriter to the 2nd place of best DAE CD-Reader and it shows that the Asus DVD-E612 is the first DVD-ROM which is fast enough to read DAE to a 12x speed CD-Writer!
Top DAE Readers Top DATA Readers Top DVD Readers
Ricoh MP7083A [Updated] (32x)
AOpen CRW1232 (32x)
Asus DVD-E612 (40x)
BTC BCD F562B (52x)
Actima AD12S (40x)
Pioneer DVD-105 (40x)
LiteOn LTN526S (52x)
HP 9300 (32x)
Iomega ZipCD 4x650 (24x)
LiteOn LTN382 (32x)
BTC BCD F562B (52x)
Actima AD12S (40x)
Asus DVD-E612 (40x)
Ricoh MP7083A (32x)
LiteOn LTN382 (32x)
Actima AD12S (12x)
Asus DVD-E612 (12x)

19 January 2001
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Philips CD-R74 xQ Audio (Ricoh) Philips CD-R80 Q Audio (Ricoh)
TDK CD-R74 XS-iV Audio (SKC) BASF CD-RW Maxima Audio (Plasmon)
Philips has released it's new CD-Recordable Q Audio media line which are using a golden dye and are made in the Ricoh factory in the US. There is also a CD-ReWritable Q Audio media but they were not yet availble (at least overhere).
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Bremse 1.11
CDEveryWhere 2.0 [17-01-01]
CDmage 1.01.4
CDR Identifier 1.62
CloneCD Database Live Update
Dart CD-Recorder 4.0.30
DiscJuggler 3.00.757
Feurio! 1.56
Hotburn 2.1.5
Prassi PX Engine 1.1.217
Total Recorder 3.01
WinAmp 2.72
CDR Identifier Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added CDR Identifier 1.62 to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Frank Wolf!

New Features/Updates:

  • More accurate information (e.g. no dye for CR-RW etc.)
  • Program now always exits when buggy ASPI layer present.
Philips Terminates Patent License Agreement with Ritek!
Philips released some interesting information which affects about 75% of all currently available CD-Recordable media which is manufactured by Ritek! Something to do with their bad quality record?:

[Jan 11, 2001]:  Due to persistent non-compliance, a Notice of Termination has been issued to Ritek Corporation ("Ritek") in relation to its CD-R Disc License Agreement. Henceforth, all CD-R discs manufactured and/or sold by Ritek are unlicensed products. We hereby categorically reserve all rights against Ritek and/or any person/entity supplied with infringing goods from Ritek.

The same fate also affected the unknown companies: ACME Production Industries, Hong Kong Production Industries & China Production Industries

Plextor PX-W1610A CD-ReWriter
Plextor has released their latest PX-W1610A ATAPI CD-ReWriter which writes at 16x speed!

The Retail package contains: PlexWriter 16/10/40A, 1x CD-R, 1x CD-R/W disk, WinOnCD + DirectCD, Plextor Utility software (PlexTools), manual in 16 languages, E-IDE (ATAPI) cable & audio cable.

It will be available this February for EUR 295.

Plextor PX-W1610A Specifications:
  • 16x Write, 10x ReWrite &  7X-40X read (CAV) 
  • ATAPI Interface (PIO Mode-4)
  • 2MB Memory Buffer
  • BURN-Proof Technology (Buffer Under Run Proof)
  • Access Time 140 ms
  • Capable of reading and writing CD-TEXT information
  • MultiRead Compatible
  • Supports SPDIF (Digital Audio Output)

Plextor PX-W1610A
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14 January 2001
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Kodak CD-R74 Gold Ultima 12x [Kodak] Acer CD-R74 12x [Acer]
CD-Writer Modifications CD-Writer Modifications

13 January 2001
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
Verbatim CD-R80 DLS 16x [Mitsubishi] Imation CD-R74 DA [Taiyo Yuden]
Platinum CD-R80 Extra 8x [Prodisc] Master CD-R80 Pro [CPO]
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDR Identifier 1.61
DiscJuggler 3.00.755
Feurio! 1.55
Sony CD-Maker 2000 4.2.65
CDR Identifier Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added CDR Identifier 1.61 to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Frank Wolf!

New Features/Updates:

  • Added 1 new manufacturer:
    • Moser Baer India Ltd.

12 January 2001
Pioneer DRV-103 DVD Recordable Drive
Pioneer has just released details specification on their DRV-103 DVD Recordable Drive, which can also write CD-R & CD-RW media!
Pioneer DVR-103 Specifications:
  • 4x/8x Write [CD-R], 4x ReWrite [CD-RW] & 1x/2x Write [DVD-R]
  • 4.7GB storage capacity on a single sided DVD disc
  • Read Support for DVD-ROM & DVD-Video (single & dual layers), DVD-R, CD-ROM Mode1, CD-ROM XA Mode2 (form 1, form 2), PhotoCD (single & multiple sessions), CD-DA, CD-R & CD-RW
  • Memory Buffer: 2MB(Write) 512KB (Read)
  • Interface: IDE/ATAPI
  • Audio Out: Head Phones Output/Head Phone Volume 
  • Dimensions: 148 mm x 42.3 mm x 207.5 mm (W x H x D) 

Pioneer DVR-103
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DVD/CD Disc Technology
Artisan Home Entertainment will introduce the first-of-its-kind DVD/CD combo disc of its film Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 to retailers March 13.

The new patented DVD/CD disc technology will allow consumers to view the film, its extra chapter materials and DVD-ROM extras on one side and then flip the disc and play the film's soundtrack on the CD side.

The CD side of the disc will include "The Reckoning" by Godhead and a live version of the song from the Blair Witch Webfest, among other songs from the film. Also one of the disc's DVD-ROM special features, "The Secret of Esrever," allows computer users to play the sequence backward to reveal clues to discovering ghost-like images hidden within the feature film. More in their Press-Release.

Vialta has introduced its ViDVD (Video Internet DVD), an innovative DVD player for media-rich content and hyperlinked interaction between Vialta's ViDVD, the Web and ViMedia, Vialta's proprietary technology formatted discs that play on the ViDVD-enabled platform. They plan to begin shipping ViDVD in April 2001.Future models will even include Video Phone and Internet Phone capabilities.
ViDVD CD/DVD/MP3 Player Specification:
  • Compatible: DVD, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW & ViMedia
  • Audio Standards: Dolby Digital, DTS, MP3 & ViAudio
  • Upgradeable through software downloads

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CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire

11 January 2001
CD Media Info - New CD-R Media
TDK D-View CD-R80 12x [TDK] Imation CD-R80 Gold 16x [CMC]
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDR Identifier 1.61
DiscJuggler 3.00.755
Feurio! 1.55
Sony CD-Maker 2000 4.2.65
CDR Identifier Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added CDR Identifier to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Frank Wolf!

New Features/Updates:

  • Added 1 new manufacturer:
    • Moser Baer India Ltd.

5 January 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDmage 1.01.3
InCD 1.78
The New CD Copy Protection...  CD Protections
The SafeDisc v2 protection has been out for a few months now and still there is a lot of confusion about which CD-Writer is capable of making a working backup.

In short, making a backup, using CloneCD, of a SafeDisc v2 protected CD will result in the backup having more bad sectors than the original CD. These errors are generated by the CD-Writer itself as some readable tracks of the original CD use a data pattern which overloads the EFM encoder of the CD-Writer, causing the errors.

CD-Writers based on Philips hardware (Philips, Fujitsu/Siemens, Acer, etc are NOT affected by this at all. With such a CD-Writer it is possible to make a working backup of a SafeDisc v2 protected CD which runs on any CD-ROM! Most of the other CD-Writers will not write these sectors correctly. Some writers (Plextor) can at least read the copy they've made, so the copy will run in the CD-Writer, but not in an ordinary CD-ROM.

It should be possible to adapt CloneCD to handle these sectors correctly but Oliver will not build this feature into CloneCD:

"...It is called CloneCD, not PatchCD. In opposite to the belief of some people, CloneCD does not cheat or modify data in any way. I like to keep it this way..."

Detailed information can be found in the full message from Oliver: The New CD Copy Protection...

DVD Video Recording - Updated!
Philips is currently advertising it's DVD+RW technology which will replace the VCR. The DVD+RW discs which are being used are dual-sided with a capacity of 4.7 GB per side, that is the equivalent of up to 4 hours of video per side. Each disc can be rewritten over 1000 times. 

DVD+RW Video media [see picture on the right] will be available in 1, 2, 3 & 4 hours per disc, depending on quality setting. Initially there will be no dual-sided disc, so the maximum recording time will be 4 hours.

Discs recorded on a DVD+RW Recorder will not only be playable on PC DVD+RW drives, but on all DVD-ROM drives & Consumer DVD players as well! The DVD+RW Recorder will automatically create DVD-Video compatible menus & playlists containing the recorded data on a disc.

Consumer DVD+RW Video Recorders from Philips & Thomson/RCA and the HP DVD+RW drive for the PC, will be available in Q3 2001. No pricing is available as of yet!

The combination of a TiVo box, to record your favorite series and a DVD Video Recorder, to save your favorite movies would surely be the ultimate video experience!

Thanks to Jorg Kennis from International CD-I Association for sending some of the DVD+RW info & Philips media picture!


Philips DVD Recorder
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Philips DVD+RW 240 mins
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CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire

4 January 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CDEveryWhere 2.0 [28-12-00]
CDRWIN 3.8D [03-01-01]
CloneCD Database
DirectCD 3.03
EasyCD Creator 4.03
Feurio! 1.54
HotBurn / Hotburn Pro 2.1.4 / 2.02
IsoBuster 0.99.6
Nero Burning Rom
NTI CD-Maker 2000 4.2.65
SuperBlank 3.01
Total Recorder 3.0
IsoBuster Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added IsoBuster 0.99.6 [Release] to the CD/DVD Utilities page - Thanks Peter Van Hove!

New Features/Updates:

  • System Icons
  • Correct time indication (Previously all 'Modified' times were AM)
  • Correct time of extracted files.
  • From-To Extraction (choose the start and end position yourself, great for 'engineering jobs')
  • Rock Ridge Support (Rock Ridge is an extension to ISO and was used a lot on Sun, Amiga and other computers)
  • Track/Image Extraction enhancements (choose how to replace an erronous block etc. ... )
  • Several Modifications and Implementations to get ready for future functionality (edc/ecc generation, better object oriented code (more improvements still to come in later version).
  • Work around a few more Iso-mastering bugs of some write applications. (Damn these guys make mistakes ... especially in the part that IsoBuster uses but Microsoft doesn't (Big Endian)).

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