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I am a music downloader, and for this I use iTunes on my PC. This is all well and good for my music on my iPhone and PC, but when it comes to music for my car, this is a different story. It also comes to the same sort of problem when I want to store photos on something other than my phone or PC.
I decided to make use of my CD rewriting drive on my PC and put some music and photos on CD's, and this would be also a good way to back up some of my data incase there should be a problem in the future. I needed to buy some blank CD's that were the perfect use for the situation and I went shopping with some friends to find what I needed.
I came across some blank CD's in Wilkinsons and these were Maxell CD-R80XL which are 700MB and writeable up to a 52x speed. These came in a pack of 10 CD's which cost £1.50 a pack, or you can buy them in a 40 pack, which I can not remember the price of, but it worked out better value to buy the 10 pack in comparison. I picked up 4 packs so that I could always have some in the house should I need one at any time.
The CD's themselves are the basic silver CD colour, with the Maxell logo on them, as well as the storage data details on them. There is 3 lines at the base of the CD which you can use a CD pen or Sharpie pen to write on so you know what is on the disc once you have added data to it.
If you are putting music onto these CD's, they can hold roughly 80 minutes worth of music, depending on the file size of the tracks. It is best to use MP3 files to utilise the data space, as these are compressed files that still usually contain a good music quality to them.
When putting photos onto these discs, the amount will vary depending on many factors including quality, file size, etc and I found that you can put so many photos on them it is almost impossible to count. I found this to be very handy when copying photos of my niece onto disc for my sister. We have thousands of photos of her and luckily I only needed a few discs to put them all onto.
I found it easy to write onto the CD with my CD Rewriter and I can happily say I had no troubles with the writing processs at all, no matter what type of data I was writing onto it. The packs do not come with cases to protect the dicsc, they are just shrinkwrapped together but should you wish to use them, cases and sleeves are pretty cheap and easy to pick up.
It was also really easy to label the CD's with my Sharpie Pen, and I found the ink dried quickly and easily, so no worries about smudging and the ink made no effect on the CD reading and writing process. The 700MB storage is perfect for the amount of music and photos I wish to put on one disc, and I think most people will find that this is a good amount for them.
One of my friends is a hardcore DJ and he uses these discs to keep all of his tracks and mixes on for use at work, so if they are good enough for a professional, they are perfectly good enough for me.
I totally recommend these Maxell CD-R80XL 700MB discs, and you can pick these up in Wilkinsons for £1.50 for a pack of 10 discs. They may well be available in other stores, but at this price, I do not think I would even bother to look elsewhere for them. I will happily continue to use these in the future and I hope they are as good for you as they are for me.
I give these discs a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend them.
This brand of cd-r's is sold in most high street technology and computer shops, including the main supermarkets and discount varieties such as Lidl. This product is usually sold at what I find is an accurate price for performance unless they're being sold in a small shop where they've been on the shelf for a long time without being discounted. These discs may not be as robust in use as some other media I've used but I haven't had any real disasters with them.
I have to admit that I don't use these items for very important data back up or crucial material but as a second copy of music to take out on the road or promotional work they do a fine job for my purposes. I recommend Maxell mostly for this kind of application, the everyday use at home or work. I use the product for the transfer of information to co-workers and as a way to stow away the not so important but sometimes used files helping to unclutter an already over full PC hard disk drive.
In my experience these items have run on all the optical drives I've tried them on and I have some very old CD Rom drives installed in newer PCs. The 52x speed is great when in a hurry or under pressure. I also use these for Linux live distros and I know they'll last until a newer version of the distro is released, which admittedly is fairly often.
This spindle fulfills my needs in that they work well and are usually valued at a good price. I can use them for the comings and goings of different file and media demands and yet I'm not too precious about them, if I scratch or damage one there were plenty more where that came from.