CD Replication – It’s All in the Pressing
We have all seen software and music CD’s. One of the things these types of discs have in common is the quantity. Software and music CD’s are produced in the millions. This is a form of CD Replication. CD Replication involves the “pressing” of a disc in a factory environment. CD Replication is also done at high quantities. The minimal being 500 and often it stretches into the tens of millions of copies. This means that when a CD “run” is done, it is at least a medium run when it involves Replication. Often, like it was mentioned before, it can be in the millions which constitute a rather large run.
A common question is: what is the difference between CD Replication and duplication? This is a good question because Replication can be confused with duplication. To keep it simple, the main difference is that duplication is like putting a CD in the computer and recording it. However, Replication is “pressing” the disc in a factory environment. It was also mentioned before that Replication is used for medium to large runs, and this is a much bigger job than just duplication. Does this mean that CD Replication is better? Not necessarily, you can think of it as two different things or two different strategies. Depending on what you need and are trying to achieve, this determines which is better at that moment.
There is no doubt that Replication is real useful nowadays. With so much multimedia discs being produced in huge amounts, processes like CD Duplication are needed. This is just another aspect of technology that is easily taken for granted, until you think about it. It also presents the opportunity of saving money for those that need many CD’s replicated. Since the amount of replication is so large, many service providers will offer a discount for large products. Earlier it was mentioned how the replication can reach millions. This is easily achievable for a popular artist releasing a new music CD or for any type of software or video game. The large amounts of discs needed are made possible because of CD Replication.
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