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TDK beats all others to the finish line in shipping Blu-ray media

TDK Corporation announced today that it has begun shipping Blu-ray recordable media to retailers across the United States. The first wave of media will include 25GB BD-R (recordable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media.

This media is single-layered 25GB capacity.  TDK plans to ship dual layer media at 25GB per layer later this year as Blu-ray drives and set top recorders start becoming available. According to the press release, TDK's Blu-ray discs are manufactured at its Chikumagawa Techno Factory in Japan. The manufacturing process is much very different compared to that of CDs and DVDs.  TDK claims:

The high-sensitivity inorganic recording material utilized by TDK for the write-once type BD-R is completely different than the recording materials used for CD or DVD. TDK Blu-ray Discs’ inorganic material is impervious to light, making the discs exceptionally well suited for archiving data. Composed of copper and silicon, TDK’s exclusive CuSi recording material delivers remarkable, long-lasting performance. The recording material enables fast recording and playback speeds and also makes it possible to realize massive capacities through multi-layering.

Additionally, TDK has included its hard coating formulation called DURABIS for added protection to the media. Pricing on the media has also been released for the BD-R and BD-RE at $19.99 and $24.99 respectively. Later this year, TDK will ship the 50GB media at $47.99 for the BD-R media and $59.99 for the BD-RE media.

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RE: $20 per disc !
By MykC on 4/10/2006 8:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
Keep waiting then. Bloody DVD dual layer discs are around $30 for THREE damn discs at most places.

You should look around a bit more. I can buy DVD-R DL for ~$2.20/disc CAN a disc for the RiData, Verbatims ~5.66/disc CAN

RE: $20 per disc !
By FearaFox on 4/10/2006 11:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
still only ~50c cdn per single layered disc.

RE: $20 per disc !
By wileec on 4/11/2006 11:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
Best Buy in my area usually has Verbatim DVD dual-layer for $30 for 10 discs. $3 a disc. Is this really too much? I still buy VHS tapes that cost more than that. I want quality media that lasts, and I'll definitely pay more to get it. Most people may just copy DVD's and stuff, but I use it to store family photos and personal documents. I need the media to last for a few years in storage. Cheap media doesn't cut it. I already had some CD-R's go bad on me after one year in storage in my closet.

RE: $20 per disc !
By TheGee on 4/11/2006 11:48:06 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to archive invest the extra bucks in DVD-RAM it's the only one that lasts at the moment (unless you can afford magneto optical type thingies!)A lot of the latest DVD recorders will be able to handle it. I allways advise everybody to use it over other formats especially for precious things like photos etc. Ive not had a RAM disc fail yet.

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