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TDK Fills in the Blanks With CD-RW Drive

TDK Electronics will unveil a line of CD-RW drives later this year, breaking away from the company’s long-standing tradition of concentrating on the blank media market.

The TDK veloCD ReWriter will ship in the fourth quarter with a $349 suggested retail price, according to company officials. It will feature 8x write, 4x rewrite and 32x read speeds and 24x ripping, or digital audio extraction, speed. The unit’s ripping speed means the device can convert three minutes of audio into a computer WAV file in about nine seconds. A 650MB CD-R/RW disc can be created in about nine minutes, according to a company spokesman.

The ReWriter can be used to create personalized music CDs by copying an already owned music CD or by downloading MP3 and other music files from the Internet.