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Q: COMPUTERS ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Category: Computers
Asked by: tonybony-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 19 Sep 2003 02:38 PDT
Expires: 19 Oct 2003 02:38 PDT
Question ID: 258223
Subject: Re: COMPUTERS
Answered By: cobrien-ga on 19 Sep 2003 04:03 PDT
Hi Tonybony-ga,

Thanks for your question. 

According to CDR Info, the only reason audio CDRs exist is because of
home CD Writers. These CD writers will only write to audio CDRs. PC CD
writers/rewriters don’t make the distinction between the two.
“… basically the 'Audio' CD-Rs/CD-RWs have a specific byte of data
written right at the beginning in one of the sub channels, the home
systems will ONLY write to these discs.”

“As far as PC CD-R(W) drives are concerned there is no difference
between the 2, the quality is the same, the media is the same, it will
ignore the info specifically set for the home players.”

You can create audio CDs using regular CDRs, which appear to be
cheaper than audio CDRs.

According to Verbatim: 
‘Verbatim MusicLifePlus CD-R discs are audio-only CD-R discs designed
specifically for use in home audio CD-R recording systems.’

There is also some discussion on the quality of audio CDRs versus the
regular data type. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is very
little difference in the quality, although it will depend on the
quality of the CDR you have purchased.

This discussion post at also sheds some light on the
"Music" CDRs

So the general feeling seems to be that unless you are recording CDs
using a home audio CD-R recording system, you don't have to use the
audio CDR discs unless you choose to.

If anything about this answer is unclear, please request clarification
and I will try to help you further.


Clarification of Answer by cobrien-ga on 19 Sep 2003 04:05 PDT
Sorry! Forgot to include my search strategy:


Clarification of Answer by cobrien-ga on 19 Sep 2003 04:15 PDT
Just an additional note: 
There appears to be no problem with using the audio CDRs to burn data.
However, due to the price difference, there appears to be very little
benefit to using these discs to hold data. has this discussion on the topic: 
Is it possible to use CDR-Audio in a traditional burner?
Subject: Re: COMPUTERS
From: wolvies-ga on 19 Sep 2003 04:29 PDT
I've frequently used audio CD-Rs to record data on, primarily because
my local corner shop stocked only audio ones and if I was in need of
one urgently I could get those and not data CD-Rs. They work at least
as well as data CD-Rs. In fact, they may be better than the general
run-of-the-mill data CD-Rs solely because you are probably comparing a
good quality audio CD-R to an average quality data CD-R

wolvies, lol

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