• The Future Solidifies: OS X Lion Really Will Maul The CD (And All Other Discs)

    The Future Solidifies: OS X Lion Really Will Maul The CD (And All Other Discs)

    It has now been at least a year since I last used the optical drive on any of my computers. And now I’m really starting to believe I never will again. Which I love. Last October, I noted that I was ready for the launch of the new MacBook Airs because I realized I had never once used the optical drive on my MacBook Pro. It was simply a huge waste of space. And since I’ve switched… Read More

  • Sony Japan busts out cassette(!)/radio/CD-player combo

    Sony Japan busts out cassette(!)/radio/CD-player combo

    It’s not a joke: Today, Sony in Japan did announce [JP] a portable cassette tape/radio/CD-player. Technically, the CFD-A110 is based on a model Sony introduced exactly seven years ago. The company updated the hardware because Japan plans to stop analogue radio transmission next year (the updated model can’t receive these signals). Read More

  • Panasonic's new "Stereo D-Dock" is slim, supports iPhones and iPods

    Panasonic's new "Stereo D-Dock" is slim, supports iPhones and iPods

    Panasonic in Japan has announced [JP] a new stereo system today, the D-Dock SC-HC40. The device is just 69mm thick at the thinnest part but integrates a speaker plus digital amplifier (20W×2ch(6Ω)), a CD player, an AM/FM tuner, an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, and a “sliding door” (Panasonic). Read More

  • Thou shalt not look: Activision slaps a Cease & Desist on MW2 aimbot hack

    Thou shalt not look: Activision slaps a Cease & Desist on MW2 aimbot hack

    Hope you peeped that youtube video when we told you about it earlier, because Activition has fired off a cease and desist order on the video of the aimbot and wallhack being used. They claim it’s a copyright infringement, but there’s a whole lot more video out there that they are just ignoring. Sounds like someone is trying to hide their dirty laundry. Read More

  • Blu-spec CD: Sony's new CD boasts high quality, is based upon Blu-ray technology

    Blu-spec CD: Sony's new CD boasts high quality, is based upon Blu-ray technology

    Sony Music Entertainment Japan has used Blu-ray technology to develop an audio CD with higher sound quality, the Blu-spec CD [JP, PDF] . Sony says the Blu-spec CD (what a name) complies with the standard for conventional CDs, so nobody interested in the new technology has to buy special players. The company claims it uses a new kind of machines to produce the discs. Supposedly, master CDs of… Read More

  • Canon C&D's CanonRumors.com

    Canon C&D's CanonRumors.com

    In the grand tradition of Apple and Motorola, Canon is now asking that CanonRumors.com, a site dedicated to little but Canon rumors, stop using the domain name and the Canon logo. These things never end well – usually they just gank the domain – and Craig at CR is taking it pretty well. Understandably I have to get rid of the Canon Logo at the top, which is fine. I also have to get… Read More

  • Optical formats; oh how I love thee

    Optical formats; oh how I love thee

    There was a time when the CD was the saving grace of the computer and media world. No longer would it take 22 floppy disks to install Windows 95. Oh no, just one magical disk. But as everything digital, things change overtime, and so optical formats are now loathe as the bastard child you wouldn’t dare get rid of, but can’t stand the sight of him nor his loser friends. Read More

  • Japanese company develops new kind of audio CD ("HQCD")

    Japanese company develops new kind of audio CD ("HQCD")

    Memory Tech, an optical disc maker from Japan, will start to produce a new kind of audio CD from August. The news discs are supposedly able to deliver higher sound quality than existing CDs. According to Japanese newspaper reports, the company announced they will manufacture 2 million CDs of their so called HQCDs per month. Compared to conventional audio CDs, production costs are five… Read More

  • Japanese researchers develop a 42GB super DVD

    Japanese researchers develop a 42GB super DVD

    A research team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of prestigious Tohoku University in Northern Japan announced [JP, PDF] it has found a way to multiply the amount of data that can be stored on a DVD or CD by a factor of 9. It is claimed the result was achieved by shaping the pits on a DVD’s surface, which are usually flat, like “V”s. Read More

  • Sony announces two new Xplod in-dash CD receivers

    Sony announces two new Xplod in-dash CD receivers


    If I owned a car anymore I’d probably take one of Sony’s two new Xplod decks for a ride in my whip. Both the GT920U and GT620U feature support for USB flash media and pump out 52Wx4 output. The 920 has a fold-out face plate, rear USB input and it can be customized in three different colors depending on your preference. Unless you’re Matt Hickey, of course, because he… Read More

  • Iron Man mobile, now with more C&D action

    Iron Man mobile, now with more C&D action

    Hands-on Mobile has released Iron Man: The C&D. Only instead of Tony Stark you play a slightly overweight lawyer who represents Marvel Comics. You always wanted to write real fiction but your mother told you she wasn’t going to pay for any bum so you went to law school and were hoping for a job in politics when you got the Marvel account and you were OK for a time, kind of… Read More

  • G.I. Joe C&D: Oh no, this is real

    G.I. Joe C&D: Oh no, this is real


    It’s sad, but true. Those leaked pictures of the cast of the G.I. Joe live action are real and the movie looks like it’s going to make us all cry. Who died and made Dennis Quaid Hawk? Hello sir or madam, This is a follow up to a DMCA notice that was sent to you regarding unauthorized use of copyrighted images on your site. The images used in the story conatined within the URL… Read More

  • BREAKING: BAND USES MARKETING TACTICS TO SELL MORE CDs

    BREAKING: BAND USES MARKETING TACTICS TO SELL MORE CDs

    Breaking! Bands and Artists in the recording industry are trying to make money! Apparently, it took days for people to realize that Radiohead’s In Rainbows digital download was a marketing tactic to entice fans to buy the CD. After all, Radiohead is one of those bands with a bunch of cutters and alternative dudes as fans (oh no he didnt’!), so you know damn well they’re going… Read More

  • A History Of The Compact Disc

    A History Of The Compact Disc

    SiliconUser has a great piece on the history of the Compact Disc. The most popular music medium to date, the CD actually has quite a complex history that makes for a great read. Turns out the idea for the Compact Disc was born in the 1960s and eventually evolved into a combination of emerging technologies. By 1979, a working prototype was shown off in both Europe and Japan with Sony and… Read More

  • Disc Eraser Video Review

    I just got the Disc Eraser in the mail and took a second out of my lunch to give it a quick, right-out-of-the-box review. Looks like it does its job pretty well. It cuts right through optical media like nobody’s business, but it’s nothing a razorblade from the hardware store can’t handle. You decide if it’s worth the $12.95 it costs. Official Site Read More

  • Cambridge Soundworks Radio CD 745i w/ iPod Support

    Love your iPod but don’t want to invest in a dock because you’re still into FM radio and CDs? You might just want to peep the Radio CD 745i from Cambridge Soundworks. Equipped with a boring name and a Bose-esque design, this stereo features a dedicated iPod dock for playback and charging, AM/FM radio, a CD player that supports MP3/WMA discs, alarm clock, and a remote control. It… Read More

  • Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    If I asked you what company will have it’s in-dash navigation/media system in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, you would probably say Alpine, right? Nope! Bose is making a huge dent on the market with its new Media System, an in-dash navigation device that can do pretty much anything your mind can dream of. Included are FM and XM Radio, CD player, a 30GB hard drive that can hold MP3s… Read More

  • CD Punch Destroys Your CDs And DVDs With Ease

    CD Punch Destroys Your CDs And DVDs With Ease

    I’m sure one time or another you accidently burned Wedding Crashers to a DVD-R so you could watch it over your friend’s house. What you didn’t know is that the MPAA was tracking you and now has a SWAT team sent to your house to take you into custody. How could you possibly destroy the evidence quickly enough to knock years off your sentence? With CD Punch. CD Punch is a… Read More

  • Numark x2 Hybrid Turntable Brings DJ Equality

    <img class="right" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/MP3, which greatly reduces the quantity of gear you have to lug around. But it's more than just a convergence player. The x2 Hybrid has a vibration fightin' solid-core design, the industry's highest torque direct drive motor, pitch control and the Numark Beatkeeper beat calculator. The… Read More

  • Elecom SCR-CD0001 Disc Destroyer

    Elecom SCR-CD0001 Disc Destroyer

    So you’ve just burned some top secret information to a CD, but evil ninjas are on your tail. They are, of course, bent on stealing said top secret information to use for all sorts of diabolical schemes. What do you do? Simple, carry the Elecom SCR-CD0001. When those ninjas are finally closing in, you can just plug the SCR-CD0001 into an available USB port and insert your top secret disc. Read More