CD’s can be used for personal and professional uses. Businesses may need a CD as part of their product that they sell. Bands have CD’s for sale and for use as demos. CD’s are also used as marketing tools. People use them also for recoding personal messages for friends and family and as a means of storing data. Regardless of whether using a CD for personal or professional use though, the CD is more easily recognizable and more attractive with well thought out CD packaging.
Your CD Burner – If you have not used it before make sure that your computer has one and that it’s working. If you have a bit of spare cash look on ebay for a burner that does multiple CDs at once.
I am aware of what’s going through your mind at this moment. What is the difference between replication and duplication? It’s actually quite simple. And not only can it be quality of the product that you have to be concerned with but also the economy. Which is far more affordable?
Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get professional looking CD’s of your bands music today. The first option is paying someone else to do the work for you. Services, like Copy Cats Media, offer professional quality mastering and dvd duplication at an affordable price. Usually, you can buy small quantities at a slightly higher per piece price than buying larger quantities so you don’t have to warehouse a huge stockpile of CD’s.
For digital distribution there is iTunes, but guess what, it’s not that simple. In order for you, the independent artist to be sold on iTunes, you’ll need to submit your music through a digital middle man. A popular choice for this is CD Baby; they’ll submit your music for you, but they’ll do it for a fee and they can’t even tell you if it was successful or not. You can’t set your own price, and if you want to update or change something, you’ll have to go through the whole process all over again. And when it comes to payment, you’ll get a check semi-annually. Hope you weren’t waiting to pay bills with that.
It is always a good idea to send 2 copies of your CD master to the manufacturing facility. This can save vital time if there are problems reading one of the discs.
DVD packaging is very necessary as it protects the DVD from the outside dust and other particles. This increases the shelf life of the CDs and DVDs and they can be carried easily without worrying about its safety.
While the packaging of a CD may not be as important for personal use, it still is nice to keep them organized. It is especially nice if using it as a gift. However, for professional use it is important to be sure the exterior of the CD looks enticing enough to draw people to it. This way they will be just as interested in seeing what is contained on the CD.