CD Recordable Media:

1. What is a CD-R?
A standard CD-R (Write Once) is produced using a fine layer of Cyanine (Blue/Green Dye) or Pthalocyanine (Yellow Dye) on a plastic substrate and placing a corresponding reflective layer on the CD-R.  The CD-R is recorded by buring in a series of digital of digital pits into the dye layer via a laser. 

2. What is a Music CD-R?
A Music CD-R is made exactly the same as a standard CD-R in using fine layer of Cyanine or Pthalocyanine dye on a plastic substrate and placing a corresponding reflective layer on the CD-R. Inserted into the production programming of the Music CD-R is a Serial Copy Code stamp. The Serial Copy Code allows the Music CD-R to Record on Home Audio CD Recorders. During the beginning of the record process, the Home Audio CD Recorder analyzes the inserted Music CD-R for Serial Copy Code. Upon confirmation by the CD Recorder that the Music CD-R has the Serial Copy Code Information, the recorder then enables the Home CD Recorder to record the music information.

3. What is a Color CD-R?
A color CD-R also known as Colored Substrate CD-Rs available in Black, Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, etc. are produced by adding a dye color to the clear plastic substrate during the manufacturing process or simply print different color on the surface of the CD-Rs.

4. What is the difference between Music CD-R’s and Regular CD-R’s? Why does Music CD-R’s cost more?
The difference is simple. The CD-R for music has a small amount of header space in the format that is used for encoding and allows the CD-R to be used in the home recorder (Stand alone audio system). The Standard media, which you can also use for music, does not have this encoding. The computer can create it when you record a CD. The special format of the music CD-R requires a different manufacturing process, hence the increased cost of the music CD-R.

5. Can I purchase only one color from your cool line of CD-Rs in slim jewel cases?
Yes, we offer Colorful or one color CD-R in both slim jewel cases of 10 packs or in cake boxes of 25, 30, 50, or 100 packs.

6. I have an 80-minute CD-R and I cannot get the CD-R to burn 80 minutes.
In order to burn a CD-R at 80 minutes, you need the latest firmware installed on your computer. Contact your drive manufacturer to the latest firmware; usually this is available on the drive manufacturers\' websites.

7. Can I purchase Blank Storage Media from you in bulk large volume?
Yes, you can purchase generic/no name blank storage media from us in bulk package in large volume.  Either by pallets or by containers, whatever the required quantity we can fulfill your needs.

8. Why won’t the CD-R play in my CD-Player?
There are few possible issues:

Media compatibility— Not all brands of CD-R recorders are compatible with all brands of CD-R media. You need to find a combination of recorder, media and player that work together.

Reflectivity problems— The reflectivity of CD-R discs falls within a broad range, but some CD-ROM drives and CD audio players (especially older ones) were calibrated to read factory-pressed (silver) discs only, which occupy a narrow part of this range of reflectivity. Try the CD-R in different players to determine if it is a problem related to the recording or the player. If the CD-R doesn\'t work in another player, try recording with a different brand of CD recorder or at a different speed to improve readability.

Failure to close the disc at the end of a writing procedure— You can\'t play an audio CD on a common CD player until the session has been closed. You might be able to play it back with the CD recorder.

Audio data recorded in multiple sessions— Remember to write all of the audio data in one session on a multi-session CD. Compact disc audio players cannot find the later sessions, so tracks written in later sessions won\'t get played.

Seeking problems—
Sometimes the CD player will have no problem playing the tracks, but will have a great deal of difficulty seeking tracks or fast-forwarding. Try the CD-R in different players to determine if it is a problem related to the recording or the player.

Speed problems — Some media works better written at 1x, 2x, or 4x than it does at other speeds. You may find that slowing down or speeding up the recorder helps.

WAV files in data format — Remember to write the disc in an audio format. If you write WAV files to a disc in data format, the disc will not work in your home stereo.

MP3 files in Data format — MP3 files are generally recorded on CD-R as data files. Only the newest home and car stereo players are capable of playing recorded MP3 files. Most recording software will convert MP3 files to WAV files when recorded in the audio mode.


9. Are instructions available on burning CD-Rs?
The instructions on burning a CD-R will depend on your CD Burner and software. We recommend you review your owner’s manual on your CD Burner or contact the software company.

11. What can I use to write on my CD-R?

Normally you can use any acid free permanent marker.

12. How long will my CD-Rs or CD-RWs last?
It is very difficult to estimate the life of a CD-R or CD-RW because there are many factors such as temperature and humidity, exposure to light, dirt and contamination, and handling and scratches, which can affect the life of a disc. For more information about CD-R and CD-RW longevity, visit the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) site: http://www.osta.org/technology/cdqa3.htm

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