Vinyl records sales in 2020 outgains CD music sales for first time since the 80’s, showing physical media is still profitable!

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Sure the title seems to cast a negative light over CD sales, but if you examine it closely, you’ll also see the positive opportunity as it relates to CD sales. Firstly, even in a decreased market, CD sales for the 1st half of 2020 was still around $130 million. That’s only talking about pressed CD audio discs, and doesn’t include the CD-R, recorded CD market treasured by many independent artists and enthusiast. Sure, CD’s have fallen from their peak, but they have not gone the way of the Dodo bird.

At one point, it was widely reported that CD’s were going to kill the vinyl albums market. But nostalgia lead to a steep resurgence that created steady gains year over year for vinyl records. The success of vinyl records and the continued increased sales for CD’s, shows that there’s a significant market for physical media. Undoubtedly, it’s won’t be too long before the nostalgia craze comes back around for CD’s and it will be cool to get the authentical full enhanced digital sound of an uncompressed original music file, rather than the deeply compressed streaming audio.

So for all the doomsday predictors that CD’s are dead, just as they thought Vinyl had kicked the bucket, there’s a second wave coming and you don’t want to miss out.

Vinpower Digital’s Cronus Rip Station in Action – Ripping hundreds of CD’s in no time

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A Vinpower customer recorded this video to show how useful and easy it is to use Vinpower Digital’s Cronus autoloader publishing system duplicator to rip over 50,000 CD’s from their collection. Using Vinpower’s Cronus with the added ripping software, they could seamlessly transfer all the important CD audio meta data from their discs onto an external server. This provides the best of both worlds by maintaining the original CD master and creating a digital library of all the music they own for easy recall whenever they want. Plus, they are able to store the music files as Lossless Audio Files to maintain the original recording quality while maintaining all the pertinent information from the CD, like song title, album title, artist, genre, date, and much more. Turn your CD collection into your own personal mobile digital jukebox to listen to what you want, when you want, anywhere you want.

Click on the following link to see the video for yourself: https://youtu.be/trcbSkwn-YI

You may not have 50,000 CD’s laying around, but you probably have quite a few that it would be so much easier to transfer to digital files. Vinpower offers both large and small automated ripping stations to fit any size job. Don’t want to deal with purchasing equipment and ripping the discs yourself, contact Vinpower and we can assist by providing a ripping service for you.

To learn more about Vinpower’s line of standalone robotic autoloaders, or any of our products, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

Vinpower’s Standalone Autoloaders Providing Years of Reliable Production!

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When Vinpower first developed our own line of standalone robotic autoloader duplicators, starting with the TITAN series, we weren’t sure how long the systems would last in the field. We knew we built the TITANS to be extremely robust, but only time would really tell. After nearly 15 years in production, we are still receiving compliments about systems working in the field that range anywhere from 10 to nearly 15 years old. When we started out, we were just hoping for the systems to work lights out through the 1 year warranty. But time has showed us that the TITAN systems were built to last way beyond expectations.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new standalone robotic duplicator to make continuous copies of your CD’s, DVD’s, or BD discs, Vinpower’s line of autoloaders is perfect for you. Vinpower offers a range of options from small low capacity loaders like the VDX-1 or Cube series, to the slightly larger 2 to 6 drive 200 ~ 500 disc capacity Aero, to the always reliable 4 to 8 drive 1000 disc capacity TITAN Supreme.

To learn more about Vinpower’s line of standalone robotic autoloaders, or any of our products, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

Popular Taiwan influencer, 3C Tim, reviewed the iXflash drive and Loved It!

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Word is quickly spreading about the benefits of the PioData iXflash iPhone / iPad flash drive. Because the iXflash is available globally, we are getting a lot of positive feedback from customers around the world. Just recently, a popular influencer, named 3C Tim, decided to review the product on his YouTube channel and gave it an overwhelmingly positive endorsement. As you can see from the below link, 3C Tim found the many features not only beneficial, but also easy to use.

Check out the video for yourself (Please note that the video is in Mandarin Chinese – but even if you don’t speak the language, it’s easy to follow his excitement)

For those that can’t speak Chinese, 3C Tim talked about:

• It’s small compact size, easy to transport

• Take pictures and videos that go directly to the iXflash, without using any of the iPhone’s internal

• How to backup all your photos and video from an iPhone onto the iXflash

• How the iXflash supports all the MS Office programs, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.

• That the iXflash allows the user to open and create Zip files, (including the most popular formats, such as 7 zip, rar, and more), which an iPhone or iPad cannot perform on its own

• You can even open or create password protected Zip files

• The iXflash is your mobile office, allowing the user to store and display presentations when traveling

• The iXflash offers a read only feature to prevent viruses from corrupting the files or your computer

• Providing offline streaming by allowing users to download all their movie and music content onto the iXflash and playback through an iPhone or iPad

• The backed up images on the iXflash maintains all the original photo and video formats and meta-data from the original images

In addition to the thousands of people that viewed the iXflash review on 3C Tim’s YouTube page, it was also picked up by a major network TV station in Taiwan and rebroadcast for their national audience.

For more information on this product or anything that Vinpower offers, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

The Adobe Lightroom app permanently deleted some iOS users’ photos, using the iXflash to back-up your photos allows you to restore what was lost.

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This is a topic I speak about quite a bit, how critical it is to backup all your files, especially your photos and videos. Here’s another example of how not backing up your photos on your iPhone or iPad can be devastating.

Recently, the Adobe Lightroom App sent out an update to its App on all iOS devices, as all Apps do. The problem is this App hid a killer bug that permanently deleted some iOS users’ photos and presets. Without warning and no way to retrieve the lost content, these iOS users were left with nothing but apologies from Adobe and Apple. However, if those users had the Piodata iXflash drive, they could have quickly and easily run routine backups of their iPhone or iPad, saving all of their previous photos and videos. Then the iXflash could have just as easily restored those photos and videos back onto their iPhone or iPad, saving the day and making this ordeal nothing more than a simple nuisance, rather than a life altering problem.

The iXflash can backup and restore all of your photos and videos stored on an Apple iOS mobile device to give you peace of mind. Plus, with such a low price point for the full range of iXflash drives, including, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, makes it affordable for anyone and priceless to everyone!
Here’s a link to an article discussing the Adobe Lightroom deleting iPhone photos for more details:

https://www.engadget.com/adobe-lightroom-ios-update-permanently-deleted-photos-194651501.html

For more details about this item or anything Vinpower offers, please visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

Dust those CD’s off and give them new life!

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If you’re like me, you have boxes of music CD’s that you may not have listened to in quite some time. I had boxes of CD’s that have been stored in my garage since I moved into my current house, 11 years ago. In a world full of music streaming services, it’s easy to just forget about dragging out your CD’s to listen to the same way we did in the past. At the same time, I have some really great music in those boxes that I’d love to listen to, but I don’t have the time or the opportunity to dig through the boxes to find that song or album. What can I do, I love music and feel like those CD’s are a soundtrack to my life, you can’t just toss it out like garbage.

That’s why I took all those CD’s and ripped them to a large capacity USB flash drive, so I can have the digital files available anytime anywhere I go. Using our Ripbox and Cronus, I was able to set up the discs on the unit and walk away. Once I came back, all my discs were stored onto my hard drive with all the meta data (disc information, like album title, artist, song title, and much more).

Now all the music from my CD’s are stored in 1 convenient place, so I can look up songs by artist, genre, album, etc. and make my own playlists on the spot, easily and in virtually no time at all. So if I want to make the ultimate 80’s playlist, or my own Billy Joel greatest hits compilation, or even the perfect workout song list based on beats per minute (BPM), I can do it all from one place. The best part, I can change the playlists anytime I want and all the music will always be available to me when I want it.
For more details on this product or anything Vinpower sells, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower’s line of Pro Duplicator Optical Disc Drives (ODD) are readily available Globally!

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Now that fewer personal computers come standard with optical disc drives (ODD), there are fewer and fewer manufacturers producing them. The ODD manufacturers that remain are putting less resources into maintaining the drives and are actively trying to cost down on the components used to build those drives. These factors inevitably lead to lower quality drives with a shorter life span. That’s why Vinpower has worked diligently over the years to provide our own lines of professional series Half Height Optical Disc Drives, featuring the Plextor, Optiarc, and Piodata series. Each of these drives were developed to have greater compatibility, reliability, and longevity, compared to the standard off the shelf ODD’s currently on the market. These drives are perfect for building your own duplicators, replacing drives on older systems, such as manual towers, autoloaders, and publishing systems, regardless of the manufacturer, and for use with computers and high scale servers.

Now that you know these drives exist and would be the perfect solution for your needs, the next question is inevitably where can I find them to purchase? Fortunately, these drives are readily available in most countries around the world. They are available in North and South America, throughout Europe and Asia, including Australia. The drives are also readily available through Amazon in the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK, which in addition to Vinpower’s distributors & resellers can service customers in nearly every country.

Don’t settle for subpar drives that may look cheaper, but end up costing you far more money in the long run due to shorter lifespan and inconsistencies in the burn quality, which create numerous bad burns. Instead, you can easily and quickly order any one of Vinpower’s professional line of ODD to ensure the job will get done right the first time without downtime for a defective or overheated drive.
For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Running an iTune backup for your iPhone / iPad can fail due to limited space on your C drive, the iXflash can eliminate that problem

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Many people make the smart decision and backup their iPhone or iPad through their iTunes App on their computer. This makes it easy to restore your iPhone or iPad’s content should you loose or replace it with another iPhone or iPad. The iTunes App uses the computer’s C drive, which is often reserved for your computer’s operating system and executable files for App’s and Software. The problem is, the C drive is typically a truncated portion of your hard drive, limiting the amount of space available for files to be stored there. Since iPhone and iPad storage capacity increases, it’s not uncommon for the content on the iPhone / iPad that you want to backup is greater than the capacity on the C drive, failing the backup process.

With iPhone and iPad memory increasing seemingly every year, it’s going to be harder and harder to efficiently backup your devices content onto your computer, due to not enough space. If the C drive doesn’t have enough memory, you’re stuck, making the content and especially your photos and videos, in danger of being lost should anything happen to them.

Once the backup fails due to insufficient space, there’s only 3 solutions:

1. Spend your hard earned money on an iCloud account to store all your content to the cloud. Not only will Apple happily take your money to use their cloud service, but you can only access it when you have internet access, preferably wi-fi.

2. Go through the technical and difficult process of trying to move all your iTunes files to another location on your partitioned HDD.

3. Purchase a low cost iXflash device to offload all your most important photos and videos to it, minimizing the amount of space needed on the C: Drive.

If you want to save your important content on your iPhone or iPad, and even more importantly, save money and hassle, purchase an iXflash drive today.

For more details about this or any product Vinpower offers, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a representative new you.

Even if you already ripped your audio CD’s to mp3 files, better to rip them again as .WAV or FLAC files for a true music experience

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The ability to rip audio music files from a CD onto your computer has been available for around 20 years now. If fact, many like myself, used iTunes to transfer content from their CD collection to their iTunes library years ago. However, the problem is that iTunes and many other ripping software often compressed the files tremendously to make them smaller and easier to store. That compression may make it easier to store a lot of music onto a hard drive without using much space, but to do so, you inevitably will give us significant sound quality at the same time. Sure, the song will sound fine, but when you compare it to the original uncompressed CD, the original audio CD sound quality is much richer and fuller.

As hard drive capacities became bigger and bigger and the price dropped lower and lower, capacity was no longer a luxury. Now with multi-Terabyte hard drives available for very little money, everyone can afford to upgrade their music collection to the true lossless audio files with .WAC or flac files. Then you can hear the music the way the artist intended and get the full auditory experience!

With Vinpower’s low cost RipBox or high capacity Cronus, you can rip your CD’s again with virtually no hassle! You wouldn’t watch a movie with chunks of background scenery missing, so why listen to partial music? Upgrade your music library today!

For more details about this item or any products that Vinpower offers, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower’s line of RipBox and Cronus systems now offer complete audio CD ripping capabilities

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If you’re like me, you have shelves or possibly boxes full of CD’s you’ve collected over time and now they just sit there collecting dust. It’s not because you don’t enjoy the music any longer, but it’s just not as convenient anymore. What if I told you there is an easy and automated way you can rip your entire CD’s collection onto your computer or a portable hard drive quickly and accurately? It’s true, using the low cost Vinpower RipBox or the high production Cronus systems, you can set the discs into the input bins, walk away and let the systems do the work. Come back and find all the discs you loaded ripped needing to babysit or monotonously loading each disc 1 at a time into your computer drive, if you even still have one.

In fact, all the content will retain all the crucial metadata, like the artist name, song title, album title, and so much more. On top of that, you can save the files onto any type of format you’d like, including the more common .mp3 or for true audio files, onto lossless audio files like flac or .wav, to retain that authentic uncompressed sound as it was meant to be heard.

Maybe you already ripped all your CD’s a long time ago into iTunes or similar software, where they were all ripped as the extremely compressed files, losing a lot of the original sound quality the artist and producers worked so hard to create. Now you can easily and cheaply rip all the discs again into a high quality lossless audio file, like flac or .wav. Now you can once again listen to the music in its original uncompressed state for a more dynamic listening experience.

For more details on these products or any items that Vinpower offers, please visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.