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Greg Laves January 23rd, 2009 07:21 PM

Stand alone CD recorder problem
A church bought a stand alone Sony CD recorder to record their services for members of the congregation who can't make it to church for some reason. they tried CD after CD and it just wouldn't record. They finally took it back to the dealer. The dealer tried the various CDs that the church tried and nothing would work. Then they "discovered" (?) the problem. The church wasn't using "MUSIC" CDs. They were using "DATA" CDs. They put a "music" CD in the recorder and it worked like a dream. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? I have always thought a CD was a CD, was a CD.

Chris Soucy January 23rd, 2009 08:08 PM

Hi Greg................
I think the answer lies here:

Compact Disc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you read the last sections (5 & 6) of the article you'll see

- Recordable Audio CD

- Serial Copy Management System

- Audio Home Recording Act

- ReWriteable Audio CD

I'm pretty sure this was what was tripping them up.


Greg Laves January 24th, 2009 09:37 AM

Thanks for the link, Chris. I never think of Wikipedia until someone posts a link. Dooh.

Paul Kellett January 25th, 2009 03:03 PM

You put files in a box, a box can be anything, a cd is a box, the church put the wrong type of files in the the box (cd), the player couldn't read the files. Simple as that.
A cd is a box, a dvd is a box, a hard drive is a box, you just put files in a box, make sure the files are the correct language (format) for whatever's going to be reading the files.


Greg Laves January 25th, 2009 06:16 PM

Actually Paul, it never got to the point of putting any files in the box. It would not recognize any CD until they bought CDs that specifically said "Music CD". It would not record anything on any of the normal blank recordable CDs that they tried. It repeatadly gave a disc error warning.

Paul Kellett January 26th, 2009 06:06 AM

That's strange.
Like you said in your post, i just thought a cd was a cd was cd.
Over the years i've bought plenty of blank cd's and never ever looked or paid any attention to if they were "music" cd's, and they've all recorded and played ok.
I've put "music" and "data" (mp3) on them, pictures, files etc, never any problems.
But you're sorted now so that's the main thing.


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