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From Production Department – How to get music track names to show up in various music players

Getting music track names to show up in various music players If you have tried to create a Music CD, you may have noticed when you play it that the track names show up as “Track 1, Track 2, …” or even with names you’ve never heard of before or never intended to use.

Depending on the music player you are using, your CD will display differently. In order to get your tracks to display for everyone, you will have to use the following methods: CD-Text CD-Text allows you to use a simple CD-burning software such as Toast or Nero to specify the names of your tracks and album.

Any devices that are CD-Text compatible will display this information when the track is being played. CD-Text typically doesn’t work with Computer based Music CD players and other methods must be used based on the software you want your CD to work with. iTunes (Gracenotes)

Insert your CD into a computer and run the iTunes application. Click on your CD under the Devices section and the tracks should load in the player list. Select one track at a time and select File > Get Info from the menu. Change the information for the album, track, artist, etc, and click OK. Repeat this for each track. When you are finished, select Advanced > Submit CD Track Names and fill in the remaining details and click OK to submit your changes to the Gracenotes database. It may take a few days for information to be available to the world. Windows Media Player Insert your CD into your PC and run Windows Media Player. Select the CD from the media list. Right-click on the CD in the media list and select Find Album Info. When the information loads for the CD, click Edit. Make the changes to the CD as required and click Done. You may have to submit this information from up to 5 different computers before it shows up for everyone.

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From our Production Department

Many of our customers have been asking how to add  auto-run to their  CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or USB project- our production team tells us how !

Most new operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 will automatically suggest to the user what things they can do with the CD, DVD, or USB that you have inserted into the system. There is a way to have an executable file automatically started on Windows 2000 and XP and to be the default selected suggestion on Windows Vista and 7.

First :  Open Windows NOTEPAD by clicking START > PROGRAMS > ACCESSORIES > NOTEPAD
Enter the following lines in the blank window:
label=The Name for the Media shown in Explorer

Then :   Save the file on the root of the CD, DVD or USB and name the file AUTORUN.INF.

Last  burn/write the media as you would normally

Macintosh cannot run a specific file; however, you can set up your CD so it will open the disc window when the CD is inserted and you can layout the view of the window anyway you like. This method requires special burning tools like Toast Titanium that will allow you to modify these options.



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Duplication vs REPLICATION

Simple Answer is YES!

Although the discs may look similar, there are  differences between Recordable CD-R discs (duplication) and Glass Mastered compact discs (replication). 

A replicated CD is manufactured with microscopic bumps (ON) and valleys (OFF) to represent the two digital letters of the digital alphabet. A Glass master is used to produce a piece of nickel that acts as the stamper for the CD. Each manufactured CD would have a unique custom nickel stamper. The stamper has all of the hills and valleys of the Master CD on it, and is used to transfer the information to the finished disc in a molding process that molds plastic pellets (polycarbonate) to the finished product. Although these discs are all the same size and similar colour and shape as a CD-R, the underlying technology and manufacturing process differs tremendously.

For a recordable disc, the digital letters ON (1) and OFF (0) are represented by holes that are burned into a layer of DYE on the CDR by a recording laser. The laser shoots this hole to represent an OFF (0) letter and leaves the DYE intact to represent an ON letter (1). This is why this process is referred to as “burning” a disc… i.e. the disc is actually being burned with holes by a laser in the photo-sensitive dye layer of the disc!

So- A “pressed” disc with music or video on it would be manufactured with the data imprinted right on the copies. A Recordable CD, DVD or Bluray disc is actually manufactured with a DYE that can be written to with a laser device. Before there were recordable discs, the original CD and DVD players were only able to PLAY discs and not WRITE to them. These players used lasers to read bumps and pits on the surface of the disc and convert the data stream to binary for a computer or a chip to translate into sounds, videos, images, etc. Recordable CD-Rs have the added ability to burn holes in the DYE of a recordable disc, thereby allowing small scale production of CDs and DVDs.

Reasons to choose Replication- A professional can tell the difference at a single glance, the discs can be tracked by radio stations (using the ISRC code system). The discs will have important identifying codes inscribed in the mirror band, which help identify counterfeits! and lastly Costs decrease with increased quantities

Reasons to choose Duplication -   You are  running smaller quanites, you need a FAST  turnaround time - Thermal, Digital or Silkcreen printed media  can offer you a professional,  personalized, unique product AND  the ability to burn smaller quantities. Fast turnaround times allow you to meet those crucial deadlines!  More Customizable Packaging and Printing options for shorter run and last, Cost Effective while still offering your project a professional image.

Whatever your needs might be – the professionals at Kinwood can assist you in meeting your deadline, creating that final  project you want and need for the most cost effective price!

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