CD-R media prices are set to jump next month, TDK has warned. The hike is due to a combination of unfavourable exchange rates, increased production costs and the enforcement of royalties from the recording medium's patent holders, according to the company.
CD-R media prices have dropped continuously over the past few years, thanks to an oversupply. But the heady days are now over according to TDK brand manager Justin Whitehead.
"Hefty patent royalties, payable on every disc produced, has forced some manufacturers out of business resulting in consolidation and alleviating a CD-R global surplus," he said.
The good news is that Australia pays less for CD-R media than any other country, said Whitehead. Additionally, the industry is moving towards an 80 minute standard disk from the 74 minute disc.
Retail prices will increase by around 15 per cent. The price of CD-RW media is not expected to be effected.