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---  NEWS  --- JULY 2001 ---  NEWS  ---

31 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DivX Codec 4.0 Beta 2
EasyDivX 1.62
FunCD [SecureCD] 1.40 (0004)
VirtualDub 1.4.5
FunCD with Secure CD
FunCD is made by M.E.T. Technology, the first & largest CD-RW product vendor in Taiwan. They are mainly selling the Ricoh CD-Writers & DVD combos.

At first sight the latest FunCD seems to be another CD burn package for Ricoh CD-Writers but it has one great feature:  Secure CD

When the Secure CD option is selected then a password protected CD is created. When starting the CD it will install the Secure CD software onto your system and next time you try to access the CD it will prompt for a password. This feature only works for Ricoh CD-Writers!

CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Yamaha Introduces Industry's First 20X CD Recorder With Dual Interface
    Yamaha announces the introduction of the industry's first 20X internal ReWritable CD recorder with a "Dual Interface" design, giving the consumer the choice of using either an E-IDE (ATAPI) or Ultra SCSI interface. Yamaha provides an exclusively designed SCSI converter that attaches to the default E-IDE interface and converts it to an Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface, The estimated street price of the CRW2200SZ is $299.99 and it is currently shipping...
  • 2H CD-R market outlook not gloomy
    Ritek Group CEO Gordon Yeh said that although the company is not overly optimistic about the outlook for the CD-R disc market in the second half of this year, it is never pessimistic...

30 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
CD Bremse 1.14
CDmage 1.02.1 Beta 5
[DivX] BitCalculator 1.1
FireBurner [Win32 / Linux] 2.0.7
Traction CD Menu Creator 1.10
IsoBuster Update CD/DVD Utilities
Added IsoBuster v0.99.7.1 to the CD/DVD Utilities page.

IsoBuster v0.99.7.1 Updates:

  • Even better supports for some CDs that were previously unreadable (e.g. some incomplete sessions / tracks which could not be seen with previous version) !
  • Far better support for DVD
  • Multi-Track extraction
  • Made it more clear what the differences are between User Data/ Raw data (e.g. added Raw to User)
  • Different extraction techniques.
  • Made distinction between normal extraction (CD/DVD, sessions and tracks) and to Image Extraction.
  • Open Image files starting from *.* instead of having to pick the image file type all the time.
  • Support for Creator 5 image files.
  • Ability to open an unlimited amount of Image files at the same time !
  • Several more (smaller) changes.

25 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
Plextor CDR Info 1.12
Plextor PXInfo 1.10
Plextor PXUpgrade32 1.09
RAW CD Copy 2.0 beta
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Lite-On IT to start shipping 24x CD-RW drives in August
    Taiwan-based Lite-On IT, the world’s third-largest optical media storage drive manufacturer next only to South Korea’s Samsung and LG Philips, announced that it has started trial production of 24x CD-RW drives and expects to begin formal shipments in August...
  • DVD Forum to stamp out region-crackable players
    The DVD Forum, the movie and consumer electronics business-backed consortium that controls the DVD standard, has begun taking steps to eliminate Chinese-made players and drives that play fast and loose with DVD region encoding.

23 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DivFix 1.05
DivX Codec 4.0 Beta
[DivX] BitCalculator 1.0
FireBurner [Win32 / Linux] 2.0.6
SAFEAUDIO CD-Protection "Cracked"!!! CD Protections
Recently TTR Technologies & Macrovision have introduced the SAFEAUDIO CD Protection which should provide effective protection against unauthorized AudioCD copying or ripping of songs. But as it seems they did not do their homework thoroughly as the Alternate CDFS.VXD works perfectly ripping WAV's directly from SAFEAUDIO protected CD's!

Thanks goes to Repopo for letting us know!

AOpen CRW1632 CD-ReWriter
AOpen has just release info on their new AOpen CRW1632 CD-ReWriter drive that supports 16x writing and Just Link & Just Speed technology.
AOpen CRW1632 Specifications:
  • 16x Write, 10x ReWrite & 32x Read
  • Interface: IDE/ATAPI (PIO4 & UDMA33)
  • Just Link buffer-underrun technology 
  • Just Speed auto writespeed technology 
  • 2 MB Memory Data 
  • Digital audio output (SPDIF) supported
  • Software: Nero Burning Rom, InCD & Gamut 2000

AOpen CRW1632
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire

20 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DiscJuggler 3.50.799
EasyCD Creator 5.02a
FireBurner [Win32 / Linux] 2.0.5
Feurio! 1.62
Mitsumi CD-4808TE CD-ReWriter
Mitsumi Japan has release info on their new Mitsumi CR-4808TE CD-ReWriter drive that supports 16x writing and ExacLink buffer-underrun technology.
Mitsumi CD-4808TE Specifications:
  • 16x Write, 8x ReWrite & 40x Read
  • Interface: IDE/ATAPI (DMA33)
  • ExacLink buffer-underrun technology 
  • Writing modes: DAO, TAO, Multisession & Packet writing
  • Data buffer: 2 MB 
  • Random seek time: 110ms

Mitsumi CD-4808TE
EZQuest Boa FireWire DVD-RW
The Boa DVD-RW utilizes Pioneer's DVR-A03 mechanism, which is the same drive Apple offers in its Power Mac G4/733 configuration.

The drive is currently available and carries a suggested retail price of US$ 995.
EZQuest Boa DVD-RW Specifications:
  • CD: 8x Write, 8x ReWrite & 24x Read
  • DVD: 2x Write, 1x ReWrite & 12x Read
  • 2 Standard 6pin FireWire ports
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • Software: Roxio Toast 5.0.1 (Mac)

EZQuest Boa DVD-RW
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Copy-protected CDs quietly slip into stores
    For the last several months, consumers in ordinary record stores around the world have unwittingly been buying CDs that include technology designed to discourage them from making copies on their PCs...
  • Roxio Previews Toast 5 Titanium for Macintosh OS X
    Roxio announced at the MacWorld Conference & Expo in New York the availability of Toast 5 Titanium for Mac OS X, the first version of Toast to support the Mac OS X operating system...
  • Sony & Warner license anti-piracy standard
    Two major film studios have agreed to license a technology standard that protects copyrighted movies from being digitally copied en masse for illegal distribution...
  • Linux OS Image Support from Lineo for Panasonic DVD-RAM
    Panasonic and Lineo announced the availability of a Lineo Embedix embedded Linux operating system image for Panasonic's OEM DVD-RAM drive. By using an Embedix image created with the Lineo Embedix Software SDK 2.0, the Panasonic 4.7/9.4GB rewritable DVD drive becomes a removable mass storage solution for any embedded device with an ATAPI or SCSI connector...
  • Microsoft enlists partners to enable MP3 recording
    Microsoft said that it is enlisting three companies to sell plug-ins to enable its upcoming media player software to record music in the MP3 format and play DVD movies...
  • Protected CDs: No copy, no warning
    Fans of major recording artists are unwittingly buying compact discs that cannot be copied by computer. That capability, designed to prevent piracy, also prevents consumers from putting the music on their own portable listening devices. The CDs give no notice or other visible indication that they have this limitation...
  • Anti-piracy CD system raises distortion fear
    Anti-piracy compact discs that cannot be copied by a computer have gone on sale in California. The first CD title has already sold 100,000 copies, but it is causing concern among audio experts because they fear that the music may be audibly distorted...
  • Microsoft to charge for MP3 ripping
    Consumers looking to rip MP3s using Windows XP's media player will have to pay as much as $30 extra for the capability...
  • Oak Technology Unveils First 24X CD-RW Optical Storage Controller With Constant Angular Velocity Write Capability
    Oak announced the industry's first 24X CD-R/RW optical storage controller to support Constant Angular Velocity, a writing technique that achieves faster write seek times and reduces overall recording time by maintaining a constant rotation speed...
  • Ritek to invest US$9.5 million to form new overseas holding company
    Ritek has decided to invest US$9.5 million to set up an overseas holding company, Magenta Lane Investment Ltd. The new company will focus on investments in pre-recording media operations and overseas capacity expansion...

13 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DirectDVD 1.7
DVD Genie 4.02b
InCD 2.26
LaPlaya 1.2
PowerDVD 3.0 build 0525
PowerMedia 02.07.2001
Zone Selector 4.2.2 build 5
Zoom Player 1.61
New CD Protections CD Protections
Added a few new commecial CD Protections:
  • CrypKey
  • DiscGuard
  • Ring PROTECH
  • Roxxe
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Ulead delivers editing software for Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive
    Ulead Systems along with Panasonic announced that the Ulead DVD Plug-in will support Panasonic’s new 4.7GB combination DVD-RAM/R drive, the DVDBurner...
  • Lite-On IT and JVC to form CD-ROM and related product joint venture
    Lite-On IT announced that it will exchange a cooperation memo with Japan’s JVC to form a marketing and production strategic alliance. In the preliminary stage, the two companies will establish a new company in Hong Kong selling optical storage-related products...
  • SAFEAUDIO Technology Adopted By Key CD Equipment Manufacturers
    TTR Technologies, Inc. announced that its SAFEAUDIO copy protection technology has been adopted by the music industry's key encoder and testing companies, Toolex Data Handling, Eclipse Data Technologies, DCA Inc., and DaTARIUS Technologies GmbH. As a result, SAFEAUDIO can now be rapidly deployed at CD manufacturing facilities around the world to produce SAFEAUDIO-protected discs...

10 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
BurnDrive Beta
CDEverywhere 2.0 [09-07-01]
DVD Genie 4.02a
CDRWIN 4.0A [08-07-01]
3.8E [08-07-01]
SmartRipper 2.34
Plextor PX-W88TA-BP CD-ReWriter
Plextor has just released the fastest slimline CD-ReWritable, the Plextor PX-W88TA-BP (8/8/24A) CD-ReWriter which can be used in notebooks.
Plextor PX-W88TA-BPA Specifications:
  • 8x Write, 8x ReWrite & 24x Read
  • E-IDE/Atapi-4 Interface
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • BURN-Proof technology
CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire

8 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
DVD Genie 4.02
Feurio! 1.61.7
WinImage 6.0
CyberDrive CW038D CD-ReWriter CD/DVD Utilities
CyberDrive has just released details of it new CyberDrive CW038D CD-ReWriter which is able to write at 16x speed but more important can ReWrite at 12x speed! This feature is no more than a "overburn" feature as there are currently no 12x HS CD-RW media's available but as they claim: normal 4x-10x HS CD-RW media can be rewritten at 12x speed.

The drive will be available at EUR 132 + VAT.

CyberDrive CW038D Specifications:
  • 16x Write, 12x ReWrite, 40x Read & 32x DAE
  • IDE/Atapi Interface
  • 2 MB Memory Buffer
  • Supports ALL RAW modes!
  • ExacLink Buffer Underun Technology developed by OAK Technology
  • Software: Nero Burning Rom 5.5, InCD & Nero MediaPlayer
CD/DVD Reviews CD/DVD Reviews
Here are some interesting reviews from the last few weeks:

4 July 2001
CD/DVD/MP3 Software Releases CD/DVD Software
BitRateCalc  4.0.1
CDEverywhere 2.0 [29-06-01]
DVD-DIPP 4.08 Alpha
EasyDivX 1.61
MPEG2AVI/AC3DEC/vStrip  0.20j GUI
PC CopyBase 1.5 (Build 52)
PoxyLok 1.3b
unSafeDisc 2.30.33
r!sc has done it again! After creating unSafeDisc, he now has created PoxyLok which is an executable unwrapper for CopyLok/CodeLok protected games!
Plextor PX-W2410A CD-ReWriter
It has taken a while but Plextor has just announced their Plextor PX-W2410A (24/10/40A) CD-ReWriter which is able to write at 24x speed!

To achieve the 24x write speed the drive uses Z-CLV (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) technology and it has the BURN-Proof anti buffer-run technology. In addition Plextor introduces PoweRec II which checks the quality of the CD media and automatically selects the optimum writing speed. This assures the highest quality result.

This drive fully supports DAO-RAW (Read & Write) & SubChannal data and it should be able to make backups of SafeDisc v2 protected CD's according to the CloneCD Hardware Requirements page!

It will be available from August 2001 for a recommended end-user price of EUR 259 (US$ 220) excl. VAT (Retail).

Plextor PX-W2410A Specifications:
  • 24x Write (Z-CLV), 10x ReWrite & 17-40x Read (CAV)
  • IDE/Atapi Interface
  • 4MB Memory Buffer
  • Access Time 140 ms
  • Software: Nero Burning Rom, InCD & PlexTools
  • 2 Years Warrenty (Europe, Middle East & Africa) 

Plextor PX-W2410A
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CD/DVD/MP3 NewsWire NewsWire
  • Roxio responds to Gracenote with countersuit
    Ding! It's round two in the fight between CD mastering software maker Roxio and CDDB music database service Gracenote. In May, Roxio found itself the target of a lawsuit filed by Gracenote. Today Roxio indicated that it has filed its own countersuit, claiming that Gracenote "fraudulently obtained" its patent and is now bilking developers for access to a service that ought to be free....
  • FDA Approves Microboards Medical CD-R Media for Medical Use
    Microboards announced that its CD-Recordable Media for medical imaging storing has received approval for use in the medical market from the FDA...
  • PC Expo Features DVD Recorder Battle
    As the personal computer gets shoved out of the spotlight at the PC Expo trade show, a three-way battle is heating up over standards for recordable digital video or DVD devices...
  • SAFEAUDIO Audio CD Copy Protection Available Now for Production
    Macrovision announced that its SAFEAUDIO Audio CD Copy Protection technology has been adopted by Toolex Data Handling, Eclipse Data Technologies, DCA, Inc. and DaTARIUS Technologies GmbH. SAFEAUDIO is a 100% software-based audio copy protection solution for music CDs, designed to prevent unauthorized copying of music CDs or ripping of songs without incurring the playability and compatibility drawbacks of other solutions...
  • Hewlett-Packard Must Pay German CD Burner Fees
    A German court has ordered computer giant Hewlett-Packard to pay fees on all compact disc burners sold in the country over the last three years, upholding a new law meant to take a bite out of music piracy...

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