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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Purchasing CD Media

Despite the standardization of CD formats, blank CD media is anything but consistent. There are dozens of different brands of CD-R and CD-RW media on the market, each offering various capacities and packaging options—even down to the color of the discs themselves (depending on the type of dye and material used for the reflecting layer, the recording side of a disc may be colored gold, silver, green, or blue). With all the options out there, it’s important to find and stick with a brand of media that works for you—otherwise, your CDs may end up being highball coasters.

When it comes to choosing the best type and brand of CD media to use, it’s best to start with the specs of your burner and the CD drives or playback equipment on which the CDs will be read. What speeds can your CD burner—or your CD burning software—record discs at? How about your playback equipment? Can it handle all types of media, or is it an older audio CD player that chokes on most types of CD-R media? Will your CDs need to be read on other computers? Once you’ve identified these basic requirements, you should be able to pick the CD media you need. Just remember: price and brand name don’t necessary correlate with quality.

Compatibility

Imagine if you archived part of your MP3 collection (or critical accounting data) on CDs and deleted the original files from your hard disk to free up space, only to find a few years later that you couldn’t read the CDs on your new computer! Assuming the discs weren’t ...

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