[–] acheron2012 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Your question is so incomplete as to be unanswerable.

The manufacturing process for mass market CDs and blank CDs you buy is so different it is easier to list the similarities than differences.

As to /v/KatHarzso observation that a “data CD” won’t play in a car stereo, this too is untenable incomplete. When you talk about “loads of music” you probably mean by burning MP3 files onto it. A lot (most) car equipment cannot decode MP3s. But certainly some can. Mine for one.

The main concern is if the generally VERY dumb logic in the car can decode the files. If I remember (I’m not looking it up right now) WMA is compatible with the native format. So as long as the bit rate etc are acceptably low you can burn a CD to play in your car. I recall that OVERDRIVE app for listening to library books had an option to burn CDs.

Bottom line is you just have to use the correct file format.

EDIT: Sorry I didn’t see your text about different labeling. I haven’t seen that but I suspect that is primarily a function of the maximum certified write speed. Also single, or even multiple bit errors are not noticeable in an audio recording. It would take an ENORMOUS error to even come through as a tiny pop of sound. Conversely a single bit error destroys a data file.

Both error rate and write speed are functions of quality of the manufacturing process. You will be happiest if you buy the best disks you feel comfortable affording. But for strictly audio, most any old junk is adequate.

When using low quality disks it is a VERY GOOD idea to lower the write speed. Even if the drive says it will write at 6X or 8X, you will get better results at 2X or 4X.

[–] UsedToBeCujoQuarrel 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I believe they are the same material if that is the question.

[–] boredTech 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

ones for music are write once and done.

ones for data can be rewritten.

Different material inside.

[–] KatHarzso 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I can make data CDs with loads of music on it but can't play it in my car's stereo or any other cd players. Maybe dvd player, tho.

[–] UsedToBeCujoQuarrel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

CD 'music' and 'data' are different formats on the same type of CD.

'data' CDs hold a lot more than 'music' CDs.

Some CD players can play music recorded as 'data' and some cannot.

[–] KatHarzso 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I haven't gotten into the new technology, so my old shit says no to them data CDs. Thanks for the information, I was curious about them data CDs. Useful, but I got my (((Sony))) walkman I like too much.

[–] lemon11 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago