People who are new to computers and duplication, will

sometims confuse CD-R music media with CD-R data

media. While confusing them is easy to do, the

two are different indeed. Even if you have some

experience with computers, confusing them is very

easy to do.

As you may or may not know, there are differences

between music CD-R and data CD-R disks. The obvious

difference is, of course, the name. With one

named CD-R music and one named CD-R data, you

know there has to be some type of difference

between the two.

What’s known is that there are indeed technical

differences in what is embedded in blank music

CDs when compared to blank data CDs. These

differences center upon bytes that are within

the sub channels of the blank music disks.

This doesn’t affect the quality, as both audio

and data can be duplicated onto both music CD-R

disks and data CD-R disks. You can burn data onto

music CD-R, and music onto data CD-R media

without any problems. Keep in mind, whether or

not you get data on a music CD-R will depend

on what type of hardware you use to duplicate

the CD.

If you plan to use a PC to do all of your burning,

it won’t matter. A PC doesn’t differentiate

between music CD-R and data CD-R. PCs will see

a blank media CD and duplicate information on it

that pertains to the settings you have outlined

in the software you plan to use to burn the CD.

If you plan to use a seperate CD burner, it

may or may not let you burn data or music on

a generic blank or data CD-R. Some hardware

are funny like that, as they only want you to

use blank media with well known brand names

that they have approved of.

If you plan to do most of your CD duplication

on a computer, it really doesn’t matter which

type of blank CD-R you use. They will both

work fine in most cases when you store either

music or data. When storing data, you have a

limit of 700 MB, while music will have a limit

of a little over an hour of tunes.

For your duplication needs, computers are the

ideal way to copy media. You can use equipment

outside of a computer and CD burner, although

you’ll need to check the operations manual

and see what they recommend for media. If you

have a computer or access to one, it can do

wonders in the areas of music and data CD-R

duplication.

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