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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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MicroTech Named #1 8(a) Small Business

MicroTech, a technology integration company based in Tysons Quarter, Virginia, was just named the country’s #1 8(a) firm by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Federal Computer Week released the list of Top 50 8(a) companies yesterday, and MicroTech tops the list with $280 million in prime contracts and an additional $62 million in sub-contracts. The data analyzed is compiled from government sources.

An 8(a) business is a special status given to firms designated socially or economically disadvantaged. They are eligible for financial assistance, mentoring, training and other forms of assistance in order to help their growth and development through the SBA. The SBA was established in 1953 in order to help small business grow, and also to give them a voice in Congress.

President and CEO of MicroTech, Tony Jimenez, had this say after being notified of the honor: “Our status as the No. 1 8(a) business is really heartening. It reaffirms that if you surround yourself with the right people and stay on the cutting edge by focusing on innovation, businesses like MicroTech will continue to succeed,” Jimenez said.

MicroTech is a thriving company that offers a wide array of services and products in the realm of technology integration, social media, cloud computing and cyber security to both the commercial and public sector. In 2011, MicroTech launched multiple new directives, including the MicroKloud line of cloud computing services and MicroPodd solutions for mobile data. MicroTech also has an exciting array of new ventures happening in 2012 in addition to their tried and true products and services. MicroTech manages more than 500,000 users daily and is a prime contractor for over 100 federal projects.

Their mission statement reads: To discover, design, develop and deliver innovative and emerging technology solutions including infrastructure services, systems integration, unified communications and cloud offerings maximizing customer success.

MicroTech is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business and National Minority Supplier Development Council supplier of quality products.

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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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Advantages of Investing in Disc Duplication Equipment

If you are an office or a business that relies on distributing materials often, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to buy your own CD, DVD or USB duplicator. Of course, the cost should be weighed against the benefits, but let’s take a look at some of the advantages of investing in disc duplication equipment.

It Might Be Worth It For You If…

  • You run a business that does a lot of promotional outreach to clients.
  • You are regularly updating professional presentations and need to frequently distribute new materials to employees or clients.
  • Your company often attends industry conventions where it’s useful to have high-tech materials on hand to give to any potential partners or clients.
  • You are thinking about going into business for data duplication.
  • You are an independent artist, politician, musician, graphic designer, etc. who wants the creative control of producing your own distribution materials.

Whether you’re a small business, an independent contractor, a franchise or a corporation, you’ll want to be looking at both the costs and benefits of owning your own duplication system. Because data duplicators cost between $500 and $3,000, they are a long-term investment, but the money can be made back easily if the demand is high enough.

Worst Case Scenario

Any well-established office with a constant flow of information will want to have the machine on property and well-stocked for any last-minute scenarios that might arise. Let’s say it’s after 5 p.m. and word just came in that your division will be on the floor at a huge trade show the next morning, and you’ll need to be prepared to wow the audience and reel in potential clients. If you don’t have a disc duplicator open after hours, you would either have to forego distribution materials or pay higher prices for specialty orders. However, this is exactly the type of situation that makes investing in a disc duplicator worth it in the long run. You always have the security of duplication on hand, when you need it.

Different Options and Sizes

Also, if you are a smaller business or independent contractor and are unsure about dropping a lot of dough, Primera offers an affordable and all-in-one disc publisher and printer. For only $1,445, anyone using the Bravo SE Disc Publisher can create customized burned discs with the option of a professional label, either one at a time or up to 20 copies at a time. It’s an ideal solution for the small business or ambitious independent start-up. For higher-density jobs, Microboards offers a holding capacity of 100 discs for $2,695. Consider the investment and its potential benefits to your goals, then do the research to find the disc duplicator for your needs. Gotmedia product experts are always available to answer any questions or explain product details.

Primera Bravo SE CD/DVD Disc Publisher

 

 

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RIAA Bypasses Warrants for Piracy Case Searches

duplicationHawksM27 May 2011

California-based CD and DVD duplication companies may be in for a big surprise as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) may soon have the authority to perform warrantless searches in California to fight piracy.

California Senate Bill 550 is making its way through the state legislature, making it illegal to operate duplication or replication equipment without stamping discs with the required identifiers that separate commercial products from counterfeits. Also, the bill would make it legal for law enforcement to inspect replication plants without a warrant — a potential violation of the fourth amendment.

“The crime of illegal mass reproduction of music and movies is a serious problem,” said California Sen. Alex Padilla. “Fraudulent CDs and DVDs undermine our economy and California’s role as a global leader in music and film.”

None other than the RIAA has shown support for the bill, explaining that about 70 California-based replicator plants are responsible for up to 85 percent of counterfeit discs found in the United States. And, the organization points out, “closely regulated” industries like firearms and nursing homes are already subject to warrantless searches.

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New Aleratec Blu-ray Duplicators Hit Market with LIghtScribe

With 12x write speed and a built-in 1TB hard drive, the new DVD duplicator line from Aleratec represents a step into the next generation of disc replication.

“As the prices for Blu-ray media and equipment continue to drop due to increasing demand, our customers find Blu-ray an increasingly attractive option for data distribution,” said Perry Solomon, president and CEO of Aleratec. “In designing these products, we wanted to make sure that they would be relevant for years to come.”

The new pair of professional grade Blu-ray duplicators can burn up to three or seven Blu-ray DVD or CDs at a time, using four “Fast Keys” to command basic functionality. In addition to maximum storage and write capacity, the two units can complete laser-etched labels using LightScribe technology and avoiding inks or ribbons.

With USB 2.0 connectivity, operation is quick and easy whether burning from the hard drive or separate source disc. And there’s no sacrifice of functionality and speed when running print jobs; disc label jobs can be dragged and dropped into the duplicator while duplicator makes disc copies.

This line of Aleratec products features two models: the 1:3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA for $1,399 and the 1:7 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Publisher SLS for $2,699, which are both available now for shipment through dedicated resellers and distribution partners.

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Burn DVDs Like a Professional

duplication, DVD-RHawksM17 December 2010

It takes more than just equipment to be able to burn DVDs like a pro.

You will need a DVD ripper to compress your video into an mp3, wav, or ogg files, as well as the capability to compress audio in order to duplicate or replicate your files.

When considering speed, burners are measured in how much faster DVDs will burn than they play, but computer CPU capacity will also play a factor in how well your computer can keep up with the speed of the burner. Keep in mind that your machine will have to be able to convert burned data to DVD-r media on your hard drive. For optimal burning speeds, make sure you have at least 40GB of free space on your machine.

Now that you know the basics, here are some tips for getting the most out of your ripping equipment.

1. Use reliable media. The quality of the DVD-R disc you use will make all the difference in the quantity and the quality of your duplication project. Just keep in mind that price doesn’t always equate to quality in the duplication world, although the cheapest usually isn’t the best.

2. Review your discs. Every batch of discs will include a few faulty or unusable discs even n packs from the most reputable manufacturers. Look for scratches, cracks, spots, or blotches on the underside of every DVD-R disc; any of these physical defects will cause flaws and playback distortions.

3. Keep everything clean. Dust the outside of your DVD burner regularly and make sure to keep the area you handle and store discs clean and uncluttered free of dust, grime, or grease.

4. Research and test-drive software and hardware. When you’re starting out don’t worry about getting the top-of-the line equipment; you’ll want the most user-friendly software with a simple user interface. Also pay close attention to the customer support offered with your equipment.

5. Stay updated. No matter how expensive your equipment is, make it a priority to keep on top of all software and equipment upgrades required and available to you. Burning errors due to software bugs are not something you want to get hung up on in the middle of a job. Register each piece of new equipment to get automatic updates for your system.

6. Pay attention to compatibility. Using a Universal Disc Format (UDF) 1.02 program won’t limit the playability of your replicated discs as opposed to a UDF 1.5, which may experience playability issues on certain systems. Search your program drop-down list to select the right format.

7. Keep it simple. Avoid running other programs or software when in the middle of a burning project to maximize your system’s speed. Keep in mind that you can always slow down the burn speed to reduce the risk of errors.

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Two CD Duplication Giants Join Forces

duplicationHawksM29 October 2010

CD Solutions has announced the acquisition of Innotech USA to provide expanded CD and DVD duplication services to all 50 states.

“We felt that the addition of Innotech USA would be a perfect match for our company and our current offerings,” said Jerry Warner, President of CD Solutions. “Between our two companies, the customer will have a tremendous selection of products and services with top-notch customer service and support.”

Based out of Ohio, CD Solutions has been providing recordable media services since 1993. The company is known for being one of the first to create hybrid discs. In more than 10 years, CD Solutions has not only diversified its services to offer customized duplication and printing services, it now sells duplication equipment from the likes of Epson, Rimage, Microboards Technology, and Primera Technology.

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