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Why might I have to buy the more expensive "Music" CD-Rs for my standalone recorder?
Because standalone CD recorders had the potential use for duplication of commercial CDs, many older units require the use of special "Music CD-Rs" when recording.

Music CD-Rs are nothing special. They carry a higher price tag because the extra money is supposed to act as a licensing fee to compensate record companies for copying albums. The only difference is an indicator to tell the recorder that the disc is the type that includes that fee.

Most newer recorders don't require the use of these discs. They don't improve the quality of your recordings, either, so the extra money buys you nothing if your recorder doesn't require them.

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