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Different Uses of CD-R & DVD-R Media

CD-R, DVD-R, Inkjet Printable Media, UncategorizedGotMediaAdmin10 November 2013

Many people know that a CD-R can be used to burn a custom audio CD playlist of their favorite songs, and that a DVD-R can be used to create a playable DVD video disc of their home video. But there are a lot of other uses of this extremely affordable media. For instance, many companies that have printed large catalogs or annual reports every year are now starting to “go green”, save the paper/ink as well as the printing costs, and burn a searchable PDF onto CD-Rs to distribute the same content to their audience. Other uses for CD-Rs include internal archiving of client documents and projects, or burning custom X-Rays onto CD-Rs for patients in the medical field. DVD-Rs can be used for archiving as well; and not just for video! For example, in the software development industry, many companies use DVD-R media to catalog the different releases of their software. Whatever the intended use, there is a particular media solution that can be utilized. CD-Rs and DVD-Rs can be ink-jet printed as well for custom labeling, or ordered silver for professional silk screening… Great for bands, companies, medical facilities, etc. There are many uses for CD-Rs and DVD-Rs across multiple industries, and so it is great to have a single reliable source, especially right here in the Los Angeles County and Orange County area like to be able to get the various types of media available right away.

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How To Start A CD Duplication Business

So, times are tough. The economy is still recovering, and despite the tumultuous financial climate globally as well as locally, the silver lining is that people are being more creative about business. In a time when jobs are scarce, many start their own. One tangible way to earn money from a small business you own and operate is to start a CD duplication business.

Why CD Duplication?

Though it may seem like a very specific, esoteric path, that actually will lend to its strength. How many CD duplication businesses do you know of in your town? CD duplication often occurs at the high business level, in corporate offices, in music studios and in already established professional settings. Starting a small CD duplication business could be just the thing your community needs. Because CD duplication requires certain machinery and technical knowledge, not every small business or artist will own the proper equipment or have the means to purchase it themselves. Knowing that you have a market to provide a unique service can ensure a journey toward success.

Who Will Buy?

When you think of who may need a large quantity of personalized CDs, the first demographic that comes to mind is musical artists and bands, especially bands that have just started and don’t yet have a record label. In today’s music landscape, self-producing is ever more common and necessary. A band may take on the full responsibility of creating and marketing themselves. In this case, this is your primary audience. A start up band will need to create many CDs to sell to their fans, and this is where you come in. Being able to produce, as well as help organize packaging, can be profitable with local musicians.

Your other target demographic will be small businesses who want to create employee-training materials or back up data to disc, but who can’t justify purchasing their own duplication equipment.

How To Start

It’s easy. Creating a business plan and identifying your demographic, your start up capital and your expected returns will be the first step. Then, invest in CD duplication equipment. Learn how to use it. And finally, market yourself to the public. This can include posting ads on Craigslist, on social media sites and blogs. You may wish to make a website for your business. Set reasonable yet lucrative prices, and gather a team (possibly) to help churn out product. This may be a part time side job or, if successful, it could turn into a full-time business.

Final Tips

Talk to people before, and during, your start up process. Gauge interest in your local music and small business community. Be friendly and helpful. Stay organized and on task. Most of all, market yourself as much as possible, because if your customers can’t find you, they can’t buy from you.

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UK Legalizes CD Copying

CD-R, duplication, NewsNancy Woo30 December 2012

It’s a seemingly archaic law that prohibits consumers from burning or ripping music, movies or other digital content onto a personal computer, mp3 player, disc or the web. In an age driven by accelerating technology, online social networking and a prolific web presence, the concept of digital file sharing has become deeply ingrained in the habits of hip, savvy content consumers. Though punitive response is generally low for the crime of ripping content illegally, most countries recognize copyright laws that prohibit content burning.

Happily for content consumers in England, the UK government recently made it legal to burn content from CDs to a computer or mp3 device for personal use, though ripping to DVD is still considered an illegal activity. DVD’s Technical Protection Measures (TPM) still outlaws copying film on DVD to a personal device. It is also still illegal to transfer files from person to person.

Business secretary Vince Cable said the updated law was “not only common sense but good business sense.” He remarked that the law would increase respect for copyright laws by making them more realistic in the current marketplace, while still intending to protect content creators for their work. He said that this law strikes a good balance between allowing consumers to enjoy the music they have purchased, while not giving too much free reign to steal content from legitimate artists.

Some creative artists, or the rights holders to the music, asked Cable to introduce a new tax on blank CDs in order to compensate for sales lost online, but Cable responded that it would be such a minimal gain for artists that it wouldn’t make sense to press the pockets of already strapped consumers. The report in which the law was stated says that it would be “unlikely to result in a significant loss of licensing revenue.”

Copyright laws are meant to protect the creative works of artists, but in this day and age, it can only be a good idea to compromise between the realities of the digital landscape in order to protect more serious copyright issues. Is it really so terrible to copy the content from a CD you actually purchased onto your own computer or mp3? Finally, the UK doesn’t think so. Other digital sharing activities like uploading files online for download without permission are still illegal, and there are still much bigger fish to fry than an innocent bit of content duplication.

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Refurbished CDs Support Youth Empowerment Programs In South Carolina

CD-R, DVD-R, Electronics, Special EventsNancy Woo30 November 2012

Who says the days of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray are over? Certainly not, an online retailer of gently used CDs, DVDs, books and games. AbundaTrade offers cash for these used items and more, and sells them on their website at an affordable price. Recycle culture has sprouted full force in AbundaTrade, and everyone wins.

This year, AbundaTrade is treating a non-profit group in South Carolina especially well. They are offering 110% of donation profits to the youth mentoring program, Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina. What this means is that anyone can donate their old CDs, DVDs, books and games to AbundaTrade and absolutely every cent of profits, plus more, will go to helping Junior Achievement reach their fundraising goal of $262,750 to reach 10,000 students.

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that helps children and young adults realize their full economic potential as viable, contributing members of society. Their aim is to empower young people to own their own financial destiny and gain the tools to become independent, successful adults through valuing entrepreneurship, free market enterprise, and the special skills of every individual.

The partnership of AbundaTrade and Junior Achievement show how good intentions and great ideas can come together to form a positive working relationship. In a time when economic conditions are not altogether certain, it is collaborations like these that help spur forward new thought and innovative solutions. The youth of today are the leaders of the future.

If you’re interested in donating your used CDs, DVDs, books or games to fund Junior Achievement’s mission goals, follow these steps. And if you are donating CDs or DVDs, that doesn’t mean you lose the content forever – just back it up on a blank CD or DVD and give the rest to a good cause.

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Apple Tries To Phase Out CDs With New Line Of Macs

Blu-ray Media, CD-R, DVD-R, TechnologyNancy Woo30 October 2012

Talk of the end has been happening for a few years now – no, not just the end of the world, but the end of the familiar data storage devices known as CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. With more digital downloads, virtual space creation, mp3 players and storage in the cloud, rumors have been spreading that the inevitable end of CDs is just around the corner. Vinyl and cassette tapes have faced their inevitable demise, so are CDs going down the same path?

Apple plays no small part in the shift from optical disc drives to alternative storage. Since 2008, Apple has been starting to phase out optical disc drives in their computers, but it has generally been slow and gradual. CDs are still a primary method of information transference for many people.

However, just a few days ago Apple announced their newest line-up of computers, and only two out of a slew of new computers contained a drive for discs. One of the reasons for this is that Apple is somewhat like a beauty pageant princess going for the gold – their computers just keep getting slimmer and slimmer, and the Macbook Air has long been too thin to contain room for a disc drive. But except for the Mac Pro and Macbook Pro without a Retina display, all other lines of Apple products, including the iMac, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro with Retina displays, all astonishingly lacked an optical disc drive.

The sleeker, slimmer models come at a price – there is no convenient way to use CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray. While it’s true that other types of data are available, many people own collections of musical CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs. And what about when professional data discs need to be accessed? If the end of the CD is in fact headed our way, the time has not come yet.

It’s not, though, impossible to access discs with any of the new Macs. All you would have to do is buy an external disc drive. Apple sells their USB SuperDrive for $79 and other brands are even cheaper. Is the transition to sleek worth the hassle? Many will think so, but the CD isn’t out of sight yet – Apple is just making us work a little harder for it now.

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The Compact Disc Turned 30 This Month

CD-R, Special OccasionsNancy Woo07 October 2012

Earlier this month the CD celebrated a significant birthday – it’s been 30 years this October since the compact disc was introduced to the world in 1982. The CD has become such a ubiquitous piece of technology that anyone 25 or younger probably couldn’t even imagine a world without it. These pre-quarter centurions may have heard parents tell fond tales of record players and listened to them wax nostalgic about the satisfaction of running down to the local record store after school to pick up their favorite rock star’s new vinyl.

And even though vinyl lovers will always prefer that medium of music, the CD brought with it unparalleled new advances for music lovers everywhere. On October 1, 1982 Billy Joel released the first ever digital compact disc for his sixth studio album, 52nd Street, in Japan, along with the first ever Sony CD player, and history was made. Whatever you think of Billy Joel, this album changed the way people listened to music forever.

No longer did you have to get up every few songs to switch the vinyl over, instead, you could listen to an album all the way through; no longer did artists have to limit their song lengths to fit on one side of a disc, now they could enjoy the freedom of producing 10 minute long masterpieces; no longer did the audio quality crackle, for this new digital sound was clear and crisp.

At first, music CDs were quite expensive, retailing for around $15, or $35 in today’s dollars, and CD players were a whopping $730, or in today’s terms, $1,750. No wonder CD manufacturers first targeted classic music lovers and serious audiophiles – the general public wasn’t about the drop that much money to replace an already established vinyl collection. Slowly but surely, however, CDs became prolific.

Today, vinyl sales are making an astonishing comeback and mp3 digital downloads are quickly becoming the norm, but CDs are still the primary form of music listening for most people. Just like how today’s Gen X parents’ won’t ever fully forget the pleasure of vinyl, something similar occurs with CDs, despite the increasingly virtual nature of society. As people move more and more toward virtual identities and digital data storage, there is still an innately human instinct to want to physically hold a beloved object in their hands, a need to feel that the music they love is tangible and real. For this reason, CDs are unlikely to disappear completely, and like vinyl, might even gain prestige the longer they can stick around.

Happy birthday, compact disc. We’ve enjoyed having you and look forward to another great 30 years.

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5 Cool CD Holders For Different Personalities

Accessories, CD-RNancy Woo12 May 2012

Okay, so you’ve got a bunch of CDs lying around – favorite movies, personalized mixtapes, important presentations, etc. – and you’re tired of stepping over the pile of cases in the middle of your room or office.

Solution? Fun, creative disc holders can add flair to any office or bedroom, and help tidy up your mounting pile of media, too.

So why go the boring route when you can get something interesting and zesty to brighten the mood? Here are a few of the most noteworthy disc holders we found.

1. CD Clock:

Functional, efficient and unique! This giant furniture-sized digital clock stores CDs in each of its 8 pockets, and boasts a red LED light. For those personality types who love to “kill two birds with one stone,” this is one fun, and less violent, way to do exactly that.

2. Artistic Human Figure CD Holder:

These little guys come in various shapes and sizes, with different poses by the human figurines. For the ironic, macho or pseudo-macho guy or girl, these are a clever, subtle addition to any shelf space.

3. Geometric Wall CD Holder:

For max efficiency and high volume, try a gigantic wall holder in an interesting geometric pattern. This one seems to have a 3 dimensional quality to it, adding texture and depth to an otherwise boring storage space. The streamlined, sleek personality type will be able to fit a whole bunch of discs cleanly in this design.

4. Guitar-shaped CD Rack:

Music lovers will delight in this functionally fun wire design of a guitar. The CDs fit in specially made slots all around the base, bringing a love of music full circle, musical media fitting right into replica of a musical instrument.

5. DNA Helix CD Holder:

These colorful CD stands seem to merge well with any personality type and in any room. Colorful, clever and efficient, you can’t go wrong. An interesting design complements a functional storage space.

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How CD Business Cards May Give You The Edge

Everyone in the business world is probably aware of the importance of networking. “Hi, nice to meet you, here’s what I do, and here’s my business card,” is a standard series of statements offered up at company parties, mingling events, conferences and meetings. If you find common ground with someone and want to keep in contact for further opportunities, how will they remember your name and message if not with a business card?

But how many times have you returned home from a day-long conference with a stack of paper cards, most of which you’ll just shove in a drawer somewhere? If you want your skill set and talents to stand out, consider doing something different. Whether you’re a graphic designer, owner of a small business, musician, writer, engineer, entrepreneur, party planner or freelance anything, you’ve probably got a wide skill set that can’t be captured in a tiny 3 by 5 notecard. In today’s competitive world, business card CDs might be one of those things that set you apart from the rest.

Here are a few reasons why CD business cards may be an investment to consider:

  • You can include your resume on the CD, giving your target audience a quick overview of your experience so they can assess whether your experience might be valuable to them. Similarly, you can include information about your company in any number of formats.
  • You can include a carefully chosen portfolio of some of your best work in various forms of media so they can easily assess your talents, whether it’s video, photo, text or data analysis.
  • If you’d prefer, you can dazzle the viewer with a short (5-10 minute) PowerPoint presentation of your experience, skill set and strengths. This can include pictures, videos, excerpts, etc. With a CD, you have the opportunity to use different forms of media to your advantage to surprise and impress.
  • You can include hyperlinks to your presence on the web, including websites or social media accounts that may not have fit on a single paper card. Your target audience should have no problem finding you online.
  • The CD label can be customized just like a business card, and should be simple and eye-catching with just a few pieces of important information, like your name, company and occupation, as well as a short description of the content of the CD, like “resume and portfolio” or “video presentation.”
  • Handing over a CD rather than a paper card full of a clever use of technology will be sure to impress prospective employers or clients and ensure them you’re no Neanderthal. It’s a symbol of your advanced understanding of the way technology is shaping business, and the world.
  • You can play off one of humanity’s fundamental attributes: curiosity. Unless you made a really bad impression in person, like showing up unwashed or insulting your audience, handing over a CD is like giving them a little locked treasure chest that they will probably be curious enough to open, if even just to see what’s on it. It’s like handing them a mystery they can easily solve with a computer and a disc drive. And they probably will.

There are a number of websites that specialize in CD business card duplication, as well as specialized CDs (mini, oblong or even rectangular CDs that mimic the look of actual business cards) that are made specifically for this purpose. You can also simply invest in CD duplication equipment yourself and customize them to your liking. Primera, for example, has a line of CD duplicators, as well as a line of mini business card CDs. Don’t forget to include a professional label and a CD cover to protect the data.

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5 Reasons Why CDs Will Remain Competitive

CD DVD Duplicators, CD-R, duplicationNancy Woo14 April 2012

You’ve heard the rumors: CDs are going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes; digital downloading is killing sales; they’re obsolete. While it may be true that digital downloads from applications such as iTunes and Amazon have blotted out a certain portion of CD sales, and the latest addition of Spotify has also cut a piece out of the cake, there are certain aspects of the physical CD that just can’t be replaced by virtual space. Here are 5 reasons why we think CDs are here to stay.

1. Tangibility. Nothing beats the excitement and satisfaction of holding a physical copy of an album in your hand, especially after waiting eagerly for it to be released. There’s just no denying the tangible pleasure in making connection with your favorite artist’s album. You’ve been waiting for it to drop for weeks or even months, and that moment when you can go to the record store and pick it up is something near magical.

2. Artwork. Album artwork isn’t the same online. When you get that CD, part of the thrill of it is enjoying the album cover art and the special little messages inside from the artist themselves. Sometimes the physical CD includes lyrics, jokes or stories behind the songs. You just don’t get that online.

3. Artist outreach. New bands hand out CDs, not digital downloads. Ever been to a show where a rocking new band just played and you’re so stoked on them you go up to them afterwards and buy a CD? Yeah, rarely do they say, sorry man, we don’t do CDs anymore, but here’s a code for a digital download. When you’re a new artist trying to get your music out there, you’ve got to be ready with materials on hand, and having a stack of CDs is just the best way to do it.

4. Personalization. Want to share music? Making a mix CD is a lot more personal than emailing a playlist. A burned CD-R is an art form created by one person for another, and there’s an unspeakable difference in actually burning the physical copy and labeling it yourself than impersonally making a few clicks in cyberspace.

5. Choice. CD offers the alternative of choice. While Internet streaming and downloading capabilities are in fact a wonderful option for many consumers, the CD is going to stick around simply because it’s another way of doing things, and no one likes to be constricted into one preordained way of living. CDs and digital downloads can live harmoniously side by side, each offering something different for different consumers or even different situations.


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Inexpensive, Meaningful Holiday Gifts You Can Make At Home

For those on a budget this holiday season, finding gifts for all your loved ones can start looking like a huge pile of money flying out the window of a car as it speeds down the highway at 80 mph. Fortunately, it’s possible to save dough and still give thoughtful, impressive gifts. And the best part? You can make them at home with the right materials.

1.    The Classic CD Mixtape:

Handpicked Music

Everyone’s familiar with the classic romantic mixtape, which used to be recorded on tapes and given out shyly to any romantic interest. Well, tapes are obsolete, and I’m not so sure any romantic partner would too impressed with receiving old technology – but the idea is still a good one. Giving someone close to you (not necessarily a romantic interest) a CD of hand-chosen songs can be extremely meaningful. Introducing someone to new music, maybe some of your favorites or some you think the receiver will especially enjoy, can be one of the best gifts. It conveys an understanding of the receiver’s tastes, and music can be one of the best conduits of feeling. Making Mom or Dad a CD of their favorites mixed with some of yours can be a great way to bond.

Personalized Disc Labeling

However, rather than just handing over a blank disc with some Sharpie scribbles, make it a real gift with professional disc labeling. For example, Lightscribe disc labeling is a cost-effective and high-quality way to make a plain disc stand out (and you can use it for many different recipients). Using a Lightscribe disc labeler and Lightscribe discs, which are coated with a reactive dye that changes colors when combined with the laser light, creates beautiful discs that look store-bought, but are personalized with the flair you give it. You can add pictures, titles, lists or even transfer real photographs.

Personalized CD Sleeve

Finally, creating a personalized sleeve to go in a CD case can really seal the deal. This is where you can write a personal message, add a photo or insert lyrics. If you go the mixtape route, go the extra mile with professional disc labeling and a personalized message in the sleever; this really make the recipient smile.

2.    Handpicked Photo(s) in Frame:

Most people are going to cherish fond memories more than an expensive toy, especially if they know you’re on a budget, so giving the recipient a picture of you and him/her in a handmade or simple frame can be a great way to go. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so it’s best to make sure that the picture you choose is going to recall a fond time or memory. In order to really wow them, print the picture on high quality photo paper, preferably on an inkjet printer, in order to really make a clean, crisp shot stand out.

For the frame, any simple wooden frame will do to make a personalized mark. A raw wooden frame (before paint or lacquer) can be a great canvas for even the most modest artist. Using oil-based paints, a simple pen or even colorful Sharpies or markers can bring the frame to life. Or if you want to avoid the chance of shaky hands all together, you can use a handy labelmaker, like the one Epson just put out recently, that offers a plethora of colored paper, colored ink, fonts, sizes and pictures. Printing a message or a favorite quote related to the picture can be a simple way to astound them. It looks great, and it’s something they can display proudly in their home.

3.    Photo album on disc:

For those people on your list with stray photos lying around who always say things like, “I’ll get to making that photo album one of these days,” a DVD or CD full of their favorite family or vacation photos can be just the thing they need to spark that flame of memory. Choosing a selection of the best photos from different special events is a great way to organize the pictures for them all in one disc. You can also use a slide show program of your choice if you’d like to offer them a nice way to display the photos from their TV or computer screen.

Like the CD mixtape, using disc labeling technology can really turn this gift from cute into a keeper. Inscribing a personal message means a lot more to most people than anything store-bought. Similarly, enclosing the disc in a case with a personalized CD sleeve can have the same “wow” effect.

Never underestimate the power of a little thought and effort. Especially because these gifts combine professional appearance with a tailor-made approach to rekindling the recipient’s memories, thoughts and feelings, they’re sure to be a hit. With the right creativity, materials and knowledge, a “budgeted” gift can actually be much more meaningful than anything you can find in stores. The stores don’t know your recipient – you do, and they’ll appreciate your showing it.

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