Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

Sony is aiming to double the pleasure of CD-R and CD-RW lovers. On Tuesday, the consumer electronics giant unveiled Double Density CD-R and CD-RW drives and discs. Dubbed DD-R and DD-RW, the discs can hold 1.3GB of data, or about 300 songs. That is twice the capacity of CD-R and CD-RW discs, which hold 650MB. The technology doubles the capacity of the discs by essentially shrinking the space between the tracks on the media.
The drives will be available in retail stores by the beginning of April and will cost $249. DD-R discs will cost $1.99 each, and DD-RW discs will cost $2.99.

Sony's new products are an attempt to provide a middle solution between CD-RWs and their giant cousin, DVD-rewritable discs, which offer 4.7GB of capacity. "With a 1.3GB capacity, users can now get the best of both worlds, but not at twice the price," said Bob DeMoulin, a product marketing manager at Sony.

DD-R and DD-RW are not completely clear of compatibility issues themselves. The DD-R/DD-RW drive will be able to read and write CD-R and CD-RW discs. But existing CD and CD-RW drives won't be able to play DD-R and DD-RW discs. "While you can't share DD-R and DD-RW media with CD-RW owners, you can still record onto CD-RW and share that way. So I think they're covered in that sense," Craig said. The Sony Double Density ATAPI CRS200E-A1 is an internal drive with a maximum write speed for DD-R and CD-R of 12x, a maximum write speed of DD-RW and CD-RW of 8x, and a maximum play speed for CDs of 32x.

By contrast, Pioneer plans to start selling around May an add-on version of its drive that can play and record both DVDs and CDs. Pioneer's drive is expected to sell for around $1,000, with the discs costing $10 to $20 apiece. Still, Dataquest analyst Mary Craig said Sony's new technology faces considerable obstacles.

"The price and capacity make a lot of sense to me in terms of addressing a middle ground, but the disturbing sign is that Sony is the only manufacturer stepping up to address this middle ground. That's not a good sign," Craig said. For any new technology to take off, it needs a number of companies to champion its cause.

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Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

I think it would be a waste of time and money to install something like this....simply for the outrageous cost of DDR and DDRW blanks. On top of that youcan't even play burned information from a DDR or DDRW on a standard CD-rom? Ridiculous! It's a flop in my opinion!

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

i didn't think that sony were sow dull.Haw do they expect to sell thisshit when no one can't read theDDCD-R.What is the use of sony'sproduct?(Saveing your inf. for you)naw that's fun.DVD died,this will die too.Only the laymers will buy it.There can be made CD's with 10times bigger capacity(naw that canbe useful)Why don people buy shityhardware?f**k intel;acer;proview;cyberdrive and turbo plus.

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

You can't hold 300 songs on a 1.whatever gig cd!It goes by minutes! standard cd media can hold about 15.If its double that it will be able to hold 30.The problem with that is your cd player probably won't be compatible with it either because they used compression or the cd players laser won't read out that far.I wish they would know that they are talkin about once and a while!

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

cd's are such a widespread media that it is going to take a big advancement to appropriate a change. Think of the difference between an LP and a CD and the CD was only grudgingly accepted in th 70's. Mini dics are good but no one has them. Who here has a CD player? I rest my case.

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

The idea of DD-R/DDRW sounds pretty good, but this'll only appeal to a certain number of ppl in the market out there... thats not too good. Of course it's going to cost a fair bit at first. But we'll see what happens when it matures later on.One point I wanna address to Neomystik is that: "hey stupid!!! when they say 300 songs it doesn't mean that it's in CDA format u know. It may mean MP3, and thats size dependant. So get in touch in technology old timer! Oh finally... it doesn't cost that much to get a decent mp3 cd player."So okay, I had to admit sony makes some of the maddest shit that I admire. it may sound uncertain to u guys about the introduction of DD-R/DDRW. But remember guys, sony invented MDs. And guess how they turned out! (even I bought an MD myself :) ) So don't be so negative yet. As for the issue of md's they'd already made an md videocam which supports data accessibility. check it out @ [url removed]

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

what is really wrong with cdsits not like the quality is inferior when playing musicbut yeah its pointless making some sort of middle ground, especially iwth no one following in their footstepsdvd has to come right down it has to become the new standard

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

bro_flamo:WHy the hell would you want 300 mp3s on a cd? Its much easier to let a harddrive hold them.The only reason most decent people put music on a cd is to make it playable through a cdplayer.Don't try to make me sound like a dumb ass.The only reason I would purchase this drive is to make a copy of dreamcast games.

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

The Sony people are morons. No one is gonna accept DDCDR. It only works on their lil thing, nothing else. I can't believe it, what a stupid idea...this is gonna fail bigtime. They need either a BIG advancment (more than just DD) and/or it needs to be standardized. The multi-layer optical discs are soo much better, I hope they become widespread. Although DVD will prolly be the next CD-like medium, which is still good. I agree with every on that DVD should be more available. Too damn expensive though.

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

Sony just loves making useless crap, don't they? First Playstation, then Playstation 2, now this? Dang, why can't they do something productive? I can't believe that they'd be so greedy to make a product that's only compatible with itself. There's no versatility with the DDs! My respect for Sony dropped to little with the release of PS, then to none after PS2, now I have negative respect for them!!! And the saddest part is, people will actually buy this kind of crap!P.S. Minidiscs are one thing they've done well.

Sony doubles density of CD-RWs

sounds nice i guess but i dont like the idea of not being able to take these disc's to other comps... to share data that way would b lameunless the whole market goes that way and everyone gets these drives it wont work.. and i dont c it happin.. sorry sony its a flop

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