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Two of the most recognized media brands are now one and the same

US based optical, flash and magnetic storage behemoths Imation and once king of of the cassette tapes Memorex have just finalized an agreement in which Imation will aquire Memorex for $330M USD cash.  The original press release is relatively vague about the exact details on how brand structure will work under the new conglomorate, unfortunately. 

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And..... who cares...
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 1/19/2006 11:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
As one person in the office put it - this is like watching two washed up actresses come to an agreement on which one gets the last bottle of Nair in the Walmart check out line.

RE: And..... who cares...
By Viditor on 1/20/2006 1:11:43 AM , Rating: 2
As one person in the office put it - this is like watching two washed up actresses come to an agreement on which one gets the last bottle of Nair in the Walmart check out line.

LOL...nice line Kris!
One thing though, Memorex is currently developing the new Holographic storage disks...this might have been a VERY good deal for Imation!

RE: And..... who cares...
By Viditor on 1/20/2006 1:12:41 AM , Rating: 2
ooops...correction, that's Maxell! Sigh...I'm getting too old to remember things!

RE: And..... who cares...
By Samus on 1/20/2006 5:16:07 AM , Rating: 2
Memorex has always had sub-quality CD-R discs using low end dye and a 2 piece assembly. Thier 'vinyl' CD-R's have huge reliability problems as well, search google.

Imation on the other hand has historically always used TY dye and made extremely high quality products. I'd compare them to 3M or the like.

RE: And..... who cares...
By CZroe on 1/20/2006 9:03:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you realize that they used to be "3M Imation" until some time in '98. I bought some neon floppy discs back then and my next set had a note about them creting the new brand as a spin-off. I assumed that it was because they wanted to make lower-quality stuff without cheapening the 3M brand but their discs have always been great for me. I saw general forum opinions drop along with the price though (People think much cheaper=super-low quality discs).

RE: And..... who cares...
By Questar on 1/20/2006 1:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Imation was spun off from 3M. They have been seperate companies for quite a while.

RE: And..... who cares...
By marvdmartian on 1/20/2006 1:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, made the mistake of going for a 50-count spindle of Memorex cdr's a while back. I used most of them for burning stuff for other people, but made the mistake of grabbing a couple and putting music mp3's on 'em. Don't think it took more than a dozen plays, and I was getting disk errors on them.

That's just SAD.

"Once king of the cassette tapes"...
By MrEMan on 1/20/2006 9:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
TDK, Maxell and Scotch/3M (which I believe was spun off to become what is now Imation) might contest the claim that Memorex was once the leader in cassette tapes.

RE: "Once king of the cassette tapes"...
By Jackyl on 1/20/2006 11:56:13 AM , Rating: 2
Memorex may have sold more tapes, but Maxell/TDK had better quality. Give me quality CD-R's/DVD-R's. I would be willing to pay $2-4 a disc, if it were made of quality dye that would be guaranteed NOT to fade. I and a lot of people want long-term storage to store important data and family photos, etc.

I had some Memorex CD-R's that went bad, that were sitting in my closet for only ONE YEAR! The discs were good when burned, but when I checked them in one year, they had tons of C1/C2 errors. Some data was lost!

By MrEMan on 1/20/2006 1:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
TDK made awesome blank tapes back in the 70s (when the Advent cassette recorder introduced an affordable quality cassette utilizing Dolby B and Chromium tapes).

I still have the low end D series tapes and they play as good as new with very few, if any, dropouts.

Unfortunately, the TDK D series tapes I bought in the 90s were terrible. The vast majority would bind up (even in non-battery operated tape decks) like the old 8 track tapes were notorious for. I ended up throwing most of them out.

Great news!
By ErsatzMe on 1/20/2006 8:19:02 AM , Rating: 2
Soon there'll be one product on the shelf to avoid rather than two. I've had infrequent problems with Memorex discs (Have a couple 4 year-old CD-RW 12X's still going strong after many re-writes), but enough that I avoid them for hi-density media (like DVD-R). Imation always ranked pretty low on my list with many reader-rejections, burning under rated speed, generating data errors after long term untouched storage, and generally creating more coasters than any other disc I've used. To each their own, I suppose.

RE: Great news!
By RandomFool on 1/20/2006 9:12:54 AM , Rating: 2
I've never had a problem with either of them. I love my staples cds!

By reactor on 1/19/2006 11:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
hopefully their discs wont go up in price, they're my favourite cheap ones.

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