CDs that don’t play

A CD was created with a blank CD-R disc I had provided, and did not function in a player.

The person who was attempting to play the CD believes: “a ‘CD-R’ should always play in a ‘CD-R’ player”. I was not successful in attempting to explain that, as in a lot of situations, items deemed to be of high-quality provide consistent results…

The disc I provided (for free) was the least expensive one available at the store when I purchased it. I purchased it based on cost, not quality.

The player is not, in my opinion, a high-quality unit…it’s a “cheapie”: Living Solutions (Atico International USA, Inc.) 60-Second CD Player with Radio (model #CD168).


Problems are…
“…more likely to occur with car CD players and portable CD players that have less robust error-correcting abilities, older CD players, and less expensive CD players of any age…Certain brands of CD-R may cause problems for a particular CD player because of differences in dye formulations among CD-R brands…”

Glass-mastered CDs appear to be the better quality types…
“…CD-Rs, regardless of the manufacturer or method of duplication, are more likely than their glass-mastered counterparts to have compatibility problems with certain CD players, resulting in skipping, clicks, pops, or complete stops…”

“Duplicator manufacturers typically test and recommend only certain brands of blank CD-Rs for use in their machines…


“The Red Book audio CD specification provides for audio discs that store up to 74 minutes of sound…The Yellow Book spec for CD-ROM provides for data CDs that hold about 650 megabytes of data.

“…audio CD-Rs can be made to hold up to 80 minutes of music, and data CD-Rs up to 700 megabytes of data.

“…there’s a serious problem with such CD-Rs: they violate the standards specification in such a way that such discs won’t work on some players or drives…

“For maximum compatibility, you’re better off sticking to 74 minute, 650 megabyte CD-R media…


Contemplating (Data) Mortality


“You get what you pay for…”

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