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Digital Vinyl CD-R
Rolling back the years
By Ko Maruyama
They're those little things he can do to make even homemade gifts, and even digital gifts a little more fun. This year, instead of simply sending out recordings of the kids singing Christmas carols, or are your band playing its latest greatest hit, you might want to put it on one of Verbatim's Digital Vinyl CD-R discs. It looks like an old school 45 rpm record.

The CD-R media is just like any other CD-R recordable disc when it comes to storing the data. It has a dual layer coating, it holds 80min/700 MB, and can be written easily by any computer with a CD writer. However, the cool thing about these discs is that they have ridges on the surface of the CD. They aren't deep ridges that you can put on your old turntable to produce any kind of desirable music, but it does produce a cool nostalgic vibe.

There is enough room near the center to write an annotation, especially because there's no need for that giant hole, where you used to have to put the plastic adapter. Yeah, I had a 45 record player -- Mickey Mouse -- his hand held the needle (that collected cat fur more than anything). I doubt  many little kids these days will know what a record is, but people who appreciate music, and have an affinity for the older tech  will get a kick out of the media. Analog on one side Digital on the other.

These are really cool and will definitely make you or the recipient grin even before they play the media on the CD.  You can purchase them online just about anywhere. A package of 25 CDs will cost you about $15 US. You can find it online at just about any place you'll purchase your recordable media.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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