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DVD±RW DL — D.O.A.?

It would be better if some products never saw the light of day. Certainly, that’s the case with DVD rewritable dual-layer (DL) which is scheduled to appear early next year. Sure, manufacturers promise great things, but why introduce yet another soon-to-be outdated technology to cause more problems for a confused market?

Dual-Layer or Double Trouble?

After consumers have begun to make some sense out of writable DVD formats, along comes more confusion. Dual-layer recordable technology is promoted as a significant advance, but where does it fit in the real world?

Multi-Family DVD Recorders – A Cop Out

“At the fork in the road — take it.” This classic Yogi Berra malapropism best explains manufacturers’ approach in introducing DVD recorders to write not only DVD+R and DVD+RW discs, but also rival DVD-R and DVD-RW formats.

DVD-9 to 5: The New Copying Reality

How hard is it to copy a DVD movie? Not as difficult or time-consuming as some make it out to be — and it’s getting easier and more convenient every day.

Can Pit Art Deepen a DVD-R’s Impression?

Why are recordable and rewritable DVD media saddled with the same labeling options as CD-R and CD-RW discs? Felt pens, sticky labels, and inkjet, thermal transfer, and re-transfer printers serve CDs and DVDs alike, but shouldn’t DVDs enjoy something innovative and special?

Compressed Audio on Writable DVD – Why Not?

Playing compressed music recorded to recordable and rewritable DVD discs seems to me to be the most logical path forward for the consumer electronics industry.

OSTA Specifies MultiPlay

DVD devices of every description must read CD-R discs. It’s been more than five years since I first delivered that simple message. The consumer electronics industry, however, has yet to take it to heart.

Floppy Disk Replacement – CD-R or CD-RW?

By incorporating CD-RW support directly into future operating systems, Philips, Sony, Compaq, and Microsoft have unilaterally declared CD-RW to be the replacement for the floppy disk. They call it “Mt. Rainier.” What others may call it is another matter — maybe high-handed? Or arrogant? It’s like declaring darkness the industry standard if you aren’t smart [...]

Copy Protection for CD and DVD Duplication Systems

As CD-R duplication and production systems take on a greater role in software publishing, they, too, must incorporate copy protection capabilities for CD-R to reach its full business potential.

CD-R Duplication Consolidation – A Step In The Right Direction

Now that initial easy sales are a thing of the past, reality has settled in for small manufacturers of CD-R duplication systems. Future industry growth now depends upon exploiting new markets and applications. To take advantage of untapped opportunities, industry consolidation is necessary, and is, in fact, already happening.

The Need For An Industrial Color CD-R Printer

Lately, it seems every time I go to an industry trade show I come away disappointed – not that I don’t find the event useful and not that I don’t enjoy chatting with the vendors – my problem is that another opportunity has gone by without someone introducing what I consider to be the next [...]

Get the Picture: Digital Cameras and CD-R Need Each Other

Conventional photographs, properly kept, can survive for a hundred years, but where’s the digital photo storage equivalent? Storing photos on expensive flash memory cards won’t preserve them forever, nor will dumping them onto volatile hard drives, corruptible magnetic tape, or floppy disks. Surely universally readable, durable, reliable, portable, and embarrassingly inexpensive CD-R media makes a [...]

Iomega’s Clik! and the Realities of Portable Storage

With the tremendous growth in the type and number of handheld digital devices being introduced into the market, an urgent need has emerged for small form-factor removable storage devices and media.

Computer CD Music Recorders

CD recorders are selling like hotcakes, but despite this overwhelming success, several companies feel they can reach an untapped market by promoting recorders as consumer audio products rather than as removable storage devices, which incidentally happen to have audio capabilities.

Storage Is A Many Splendored Thing

From time to time we all may be guilty of a single-minded devotion to one or another storage format – be it DVD-RAM, CD-R, hard disk, tape or whatever. Such was the message underlying the 1999 Technology and Manufacturing Conference of the International Recording Media Association (IRMA), held in Scottsdale, AZ – that we shouldn’t [...]