Creative Technology has launched a rewritable compact disc player to complement its Nomad portable MP3 audio player which was released last month.
The Blaster CD-RW 4224 lets consumers copy, distribute and save music or database files to a recordable CD-R or CD-RW disc. The device also stores up to 650MB of data or over 74 minutes of audio on a single CD-R or CD-RW disc, enabling customers to archive files, store large databases or compile MP3 files, Creative said. The MP3 (Motion Pictures Expert Group, Audio Layer 3) format is a popular compression technology for distributing music files over the Internet.
The new Blaster drive can write CD-R media at 4x, CD-RW media at 2x speeds, and read CD-ROMs at up to 24x, equivalent to 3600KB per second, Creative said.
The device also supports DMA (Direct Memory Access) mode for faster transfer rates and lower CPU (central processing unit) utilisation, the company added.
The Blaster CD-RW reads a variety of disc types including CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-R, CD-RW and Video CD. The CD-RW looks, installs and works like a CD-ROM.
Blaster CD-RW 4224 includes Nero 4.0, CD recording software that enables users to store and back up files and create custom CDs, and Prassi abCD for writing data to CD-RW media using drag-and-drop drive letter access, Creative said.
According to Australian distributor Creative Pacific, Blaster CD-RW 4224 is available immediately at an RRP of $599.
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