Musicians releasing new albums, catalogs on custom USB flash drives

Custom Flash Drive for MusicDigital music has rapidly transformed the way people listen to and purchase music. From the days of fans standing in long lines waiting to buy the new album by their favorite artist, to now being able to click a button and instantly download a whole catalog of music, the media musicians use to distribute their music has completely changed as well. Custom USB flash drives have emerged as one of the most efficient and unique ways many musicians can package and sell their music.

Artists like Lady Gaga, the Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead and Bob Dylan have issued their latest albums or catalogs on custom USB flash drives. The customizability factor and durability, as well as the utilization of new technology, have made USB flash drives a contemporary method for musicians to release their work.

 

 

Stand out at the merch table

As opposed to mainstream CDs, USB flash drives can stand out among discs, especially when being distributed to a record producer or entertainment reviewer. In the world of band merchandise, offering recent live performances or latest releases on flash drives at the merchandise table are a brand establishing and eye catching way to get your work to your fans.

The content is not just restricted to music as well, as video footage, demo takes and behind-the-scenes content can also be included as extras on USB flash drives. Some electronic music artists have even included the individual tracks and samples from their music on promotional USB flash drives for fans.

Promote your music through custom packaging

With the huge variety of custom flash drives that can be made, musicians can take advantage of custom packaging that helps them sell their brand. Wristband and card sized flash drives can double as concert tickets or VIP access. In the case of rock band, Queens of the Stone Age, their latest album Like Clockwork was released on an 8GB USB flash drive that doubled as a beer bottle opener.

More traditional formats are possible with flash drive albums, like using a card sized flash drive and packaging it in a traditional CD size case that can fit into any disc collector’s library.

The reusability factor of flash drives makes them more than just a way to get your music to fans. With your band name, logo or album art on the flash drive, it’s an easy way to give your fans a useful everyday tool that doubles as music memorabilia.
The experts at Digital Copycat in San Francisco can help you build the perfect flash drive for your music. From custom flash drives and packaging to the data load, we ensure you get the highest quality flash memory on time. Call today at (866) 210-8768 or email contact@dvdcopycat.com to start building your drive.

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Blu-ray and DVD Audio Disc Authoring

Desire for high quality audio is as strong as ever, and a growing market for audio-only discs in DVD and Blu-ray format is furthering that demand.

Utilizing 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound technology, audio-only DVD and Blu-ray discs respectively are an audiophiles dream, with audio quality capable of up to 96kHz/24bit quality.

DVD audio discs have been around for several years now, with classics like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Eagles’ “Hotel California” being released on the high quality DVD audio format.

But with the increase of Blu-ray technology usage and the availability of 7.1 surround sound on Blu-ray, Blu-ray audio only discs have emerged as a contender among audiophile choices for listening to music.

Artists have utilized the Blu-ray audio medium for many releases already, like Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” live concert, Stevie Wonder’s “Song in the Key of Life” and Beethoven symphonies.

Universal Music Group is planning to release hundreds of titles in the Blu-ray audio format by the end of 2014, and many artists are including a Blu-ray or DVD audio only version of their albums in remaster packages and box sets.

The professionals at DVD Copycat are experienced at authoring and producing DVD and Blu-ray audio discs of the highest quality. Visit our website to learn more about Blu-ray and DVD authoring, or contact one of our experts at 866-210-8768 or email contact@dvdcopycat.com to begin building your project today.

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New Ideal Trade Show Dual Flash Drive – Content plus Novelty for a Lasting Impression

Trade Show

Standing Out in a Crowd - The art of a successful trade show depends on how many attendees you can attract to your booth and what type of lasting impression you leave them with. As a trade show exhibitor, the goal is always to find ways to stand out in a crowd and attract attention to your booth and products.

I have done literally hundreds of trade shows and as an experienced exhibitor, we used everything we could to attract attendees: product giveaways, show discounts, food, etc. ….  anything that will get a conversation going about our products.  It’s hard work especially knowing that just one contact could blossom into a gold mine in client purchases.

So what do you need to have an edge on your competition?

A New Novel Technology that Makes a Lasting Impression - Digital Copycat has the perfect newly released trade show product.  A small electronic dual flash drive that now works with both computer and android smartphones. It has 2 connectors on it, one for standard computers and one for android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy series.  This drive can be branded with a company logo and loaded with the exhibitors promotional videos, brochures, etc.

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New Trade Show Flash Drive with Dual Connector for Android Smartphone and Computer

THE NOVELTY makes a lasting impression since it now works with smartphones and regular computers, and has your promotional video or brochure right on the drive.    A Dual Flash Drive like this that no one has seen yet will inspire further conversation and make the lasting impression you need as a trade show exhibitor.

Ultimately, however, final success is measured by how many contacts are made,  how many orders booked(if this was an order writing show) and the impression you left with those attendees. A significant part of that lasting impression will be based on the quality and use-ability of the flash drive.

The Right Drive is a Quality Drive - Unlike many ad specialty companies that sell cups and hats and mugs, Digital Copycat specializes solely in data delivery of optical media and Flash memory.  We  provide tier 1 memory made by Samsung, Toshiba or Micron and specify MLC NAND so you know you are getting the most robust flash drive product.

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Our quality is backed by our US Based Technical Team - If you are on a tight deadline with your Data Load, Digital Copycat has an entire US based technical department to load your flash drive data just days before your show. No more need to have the data sent to China 3-4 weeks in advance.

So if you believe in your product and want to add a great new tool to your arsenal of Trade Show Weapons, remember these 3 keys to success.  1. A novel giveaway to make a lasting impression that delivers your marketing content digitally.  2. A high quality drive that will not fail and will look great.  3. A support staff in the US to make sure you are on time for your trade show.

For more information on the highest quality, most novel new flash drive in the market, you can learn more at our Dual Flash Drive for Android page here, or if you just need a great company to provide you with a superior product and service, you can get an instant online quote here on many of our most popular flash drive products.

Contact us for all other inquiries at -1.866-210-8768

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Quality Data Loading for your Bulk Flash Drives

Having a hard time finding a supplier that can load your data correctly onto your flash drives?

When you purchase custom printed flash drives as promotional items and want data loading on the drive, there are several factors that make quality, consistency and accuracy in your data loads difficult.

The fundamental reason printed and data loaded drives, often referred to as “Custom Flash Drives” or “Promotional Flash Drives” can be un-reliable is that the chips used in many of these drives are purchased as a commodity from various sources worldwide.  A flash drive fundamentally operates through the marriage of 2 chips, the IC controller chip and the NAND memory Chip.  Once a flash drive is inserted into a computer, or smartphone, the IC controller chip performs the function of interfacing the computer with the NAND memory.  The IC controller “sees” the computer and allows the user to access the NAND memory chip.

Many companies that source custom printed and/or data loaded flash drives also source other promotional items through a large network of companies.  Most electronics of this fashion are sourced from a myriad of factories in China.  Often these companies are cost driven and know very little about what they are buying.  Low grade IC and NAND chips can be used with very little ability of the buyer to determine the quality grade of these chips and hence, the poor quality flash drives that work poorly have data loss, or have a high percentage of failure rates.

The only real way to control the purchase and sale of these chips is to have Domestic inspection and technological know-how on site in the United States.  Most complaints we here about are: failed and non-working drives, drives that have been made to look like larger capacity than they are, return policies that took months to receive warranty replacements from the factories in China.

This is why we have onsite technical expertise in our San Francisco facility.  We do most of our data loading in San Francisco and have on staff technicians that can reprogram faulty or defective drives at the IC controller level.  This way we avoid having to rely on engineers overseas that cannot prioritize our projects.  Also avoiding the long shipping cycle of having to send back units and have them reprogrammed in China.

Having this expertise and control over our own products gives us rapid response in the USA to address any problems or issues and gives us control over our products.

If you want it done well, and done right, contact us to purchase your next group of custom or promotional flash drives with data loads.  Call our flash drive experts here: 1-866-210-8768

 

 

 

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Why are there so many Cheap and Defective Custom Printed Flash Drives Being Sold

As a national supplier of bulk and printed flash drives, we ship a lot of flash memory. Most often, we print logos on the drives themselves and offer to do complex data loading and verification on the drives for our clients.  Guaranteeing a quality product is harder than you might think!

Common complaints from now Digital Copycat customers who purchased flash drives from other suppliers are:

Counterfeit Flash Memory: The flash memory is counterfeit, example, We ordered 8GB flash drives, when we put the drive into the computer, it shows 8GB free space, but then when trying to load the drive, there is only 1GB of space and when trying to data load beyond the 1GB we get an error message “drive is full, cannot load data”.

Drives that fail early or do not work at all: This is very complex problem that requires understanding of the Flash drive market in general. Most flash drives supplied in the world are assembled in China. There are two essential components that comprise the flash drive, 1. the controller chip which runs the interface and memory access of the drive and 2. the flash memory itself where the data is stored. Flash memory chips are largely considered a commodity that are bought and sold every day at different prices depending on the market forces of supply and demand.

Know the top flash fabricators: There are typically some very good name brand fabricators of Flash Memory which are common household names such as, Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Micron Technology, Hynix, Sandisk, etc. These top tier suppliers of flash memory typically charge more for their chips as they are building a higher quality product that demands a higher price.

Avoid Generic Flash Memory Fabricators: Where there is typically a quality failure of the flash drive market in general, especially as it pertains to the ad specialty market where advertising companies are purchasing flash drives for give-aways, etc. is in the secondary market for flash memory. There are many many lower quality suppliers of flash memory. This memory is typically deemed as generic memory made by lower quality fabricators who are often focused solely on low cost. As an expert in the work of cost vs. quality sourcing, there is always a trade off here, and you get what you pay for.

Understand the quality level within the fabricators chip: The result is that a perceived 8GB flash drive, for example, could have many price points depending on the quality and type of chips being used. There is typically 3 types of flash memory used for this market. SLC, MLC and TLC. These acronyms stand for, Single Level Cell, Multi Level Cell and Triple Level Cell. As implied by the name, SLC can only store 1 bit of information per cell and has the highest cost but also has the best performance and endurance. Most often SLC is completely priced out of this market as too expensive. MLC can store 2 bits per cell and comes at a very nice sweet spot for price and performance. TLC is able to store three bits per cell which is great for reduced size, but comes at a significant performance and endurance degradation.

Solution: Ultimately, the best way to purchase good quality flash memory is to have a name brand chip with MLC technology.  This is the market “sweet spot” for great quality and a reasonable price.

Even the so called experts may not have an understanding of what they are buying and selling: Many of these ad specialty suppliers know very little about the drives they are buying. Typically sourcing the lowest cost product, and therefore the lowest quality. This is compounded by the fact that these companies are not experts in flash memory, so they have no way of verifying the quality of the chips they are buying. Many Chinese flash drive supply factories guarantee their quality, but fundamentally they have an understanding that few purchasers can truly evaluate the quality, and they take advantage of this as a collective industry as a whole. Failure rates of 10-15% on low quality chips are not uncommon and often many factories will inter-disperse high quality and low quality chips in their business model to save costs.

We have found this systemic failure to be common practice in many of these Chinese factories.

Why we are the best: At Digital Copycat, we do all of our data loading here in the States and verify each chip-set for Fabricator and Memory type. Our flash memory is more expensive, but as I have explained above, you cannot have both low price and great quality.

This is the way Digital Copycat can guarantee the very best quality flash drives without problems. We are flash memory experts and will make sure your project is a success.

For more information about buying bulk printed custom USB flash drives, contact us at 1-866-210-8768 or email us at contact@dvdcopycat.com. Our contact page can also be found here.

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Android Flash Drive | How to Connect and Use

On June 1st, 2013, Digital Copycat released its new line of custom flash drives which now incorporate a Micr-USB connector for use with Android Phones.

This new adaptation of the standard USB Flash Drive adds the sorely needed additional memory capacity for those on the go with their Android Smart Phones.

Available in capacities as high as 64GB, these drives can be custom printed and data loaded and come in any color need including all pantone matched colors.

We did a short video to show how easy this drive is to use with current smartphones.

Contact us at 1-877-210-8768 if you would like to purchase this drive or would need additional information and availability of this new Android Flash Drive.

Pricing for this new drive is available on our online quote tool here for custom printed USB flash drives and memory sticks.

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New Dual Connector Flash Drives for the Android Smart Phone

Introducing a new Flash Drive for Android smartphones

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Dual Connector Flash Drive for Android Smartphone

 

Until recently, flash drives were used in conjunction with the standard Type A-USB port found on most laptop or desktop computers.  Transfer of data, video, pictures, and music were often done through USB-A connector devices.

Flash Drive with Standard USB A Connector

Flash Drive with Standard USB A Connector

 

With the rapid growth of the smartphone, consumers began to demand a standardized Micro-USB connector for their cell phones.  In 2007, cellular phone carriers met that demand by using the Micro-USB as the customary connection for data and power on mobile devices.  In October 2009, the International Telecommunication Union embraced the Micro-USB as well.

This standardization of Micro-USB connectors for non-Apple smartphones has caused many users to look for portable data storage solutions for their phones.  They want the convenience of not having to connect to their computer to upload or download files.

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Android Micro-USB Flash Drive – Dual Connector

The Micro-USB Flash Drive for Android phones is the answer to their prayers.  It uses flash memory coupled with a Micro-USB connector.  This means it can connect right into digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and most current portable OTG (On-the-Go) devices.  Many Android smartphones utilize OTG (On-the-Go) technology which enables the phone to recognize the Micro-USB Flash Drive as an external memory device.

The Flash Drive with Micro-USB port is perfect for transferring and storing data files such as video.  These files are very large, so it would be time consuming and expensive to transfer them via a cellular connection.

 Availability

There was a limited number of Micro-USB flash drives for smartphones produced in 2013.  Digital Copycat has introduced the first 2 Dual Connector Flash Drives for the Android Phone.

For more information about this product, you can call one of our product specialists at 1-866-210-8768 or write the owner, Brian Fisher, directly at brian@dvdcopycat.com.

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Local Data Loading in USA for your Custom Flash Drives

So you ordered some flash drives from a USA based company that manufactures and loads the drive data in China.

Unfortunately, you needed to make a last minute change to the data, and now you are stuck with having to wait another 3 weeks to have the new data loaded and pay the costs associated with the overseas transport.

Digital Copycat can data load your Custom Printed Flash Drives as fast as 1 day prior to shipping from our USA location.

This means you have more time to prepare your data and if you are in a time crunch, you can order the drives in advance and we will have them waiting here in our USA facility ready for your last minute data delivery for loading and shipping.

So take advantage of our local data loading services and save yourself a real headache.

For more information on Custom Flash Drives see our Flash Drive Page here.

 

 

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DVD Stamper and Molding Manufacturing Process

Here is a short video of the DVD Stamping and Molding Process

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Online Ordering of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

Digital Copycat recently released our new Online Quoting System. Consumers and businesses alike have become more comfortable with the security of paying for goods and services online. We recognize this trend and have developed a new online product browsing and ordering system.

Our goal was to make it easier and more convenient for customers and potential new clients to find the style or type of DVD, CD or Blu-ray product and to purchase it online. We still offer the same great customer service when you need us, however, if it’s off hours or you just know what you want, you can now place your order without the help of an account manager with ease.

Please take a look at our new Quote System and let us know how you like it.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we are always looking for ways to make your experience easier.

If you cannot find what you need on our web site and have a need for any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray products, please contact us here or just call us at 1-866-210-8768.

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