How does it work? Theodore A. Bieniosek
At the factory, the Flash memory is programmed
with the desired music album. The circuits are then
fused to allow for read-only access. To prevent
USB-CD Related Patents:
- 6,961,854: Methods and systems for encoding and
protecting data using digital signature and
piracy, the data output is digitally watermarked so
The USB-CD is the next step forward in music watermarking techniques
that any copy made will be extremely degraded. To
distribution. Designed to replace conventional - 6,664,459: Music file recording/reproducing module
play the recording, the Flash memory data is read,
Compact Discs, the USB-CD utilizes the Universal - 6,959,366: Device control method, data transfer
passed through a decoder, watermarked, and finally
Serial Bus receptacle, standard on all computer apparatus and recording medium
outputted to the computer system though the USB
systems, to playback ultra-high quality music. - 6,473,736: Constant bitrate real-time lossless audio
Record companies will jump to begin distribution and decoder restoring moved excess coded data
regain profits lost to music piracy, as the USB-CD amounts
Why USB? stores the equivalent of one LP album on a virtually
Universal Serial Bus is the industry standard for indestructible chip the size of a quarter, with a digital Market Research:
connecting computer peripherals. Even while output that cannot be pirated.
running at Low-Speed, USB maintains a data transfer - 8 out of 10 surveyed agreed that the USB-CD could
rate greater than a 1x CD-ROM drive, fast enough for Features: be a veritable competitor to the Compact Disc within
linear music playback. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/usb)
- Digital watermarking technology eliminates piracy - 9 out of 10 surveyed agreed that the USB-CD would
- USB connectivity guarantees compatibility be more durable than a Compact Disc.
How can it be so small? - Size of device
The latest data compression techniques can store - Indestructible, waterproof casing prevents damage - 2 out of 10 surveyed enjoyed the idea of the USB-
the equivalent of one CD on a single 512 MB Flash CD’s anti-piracy protection.
ROM chip. Though currently Flash memory is - 7 out of 10 surveyed felt that the USB-CD’s main
Limitations: drawback was that it could only be used on
prohibitively expensive, within 10 years the price for - Current cost of memory prohibitively high
the same capacity should drop to within that of a computers.
- Currently no connectivity with stereo systems - 3 out of 10 surveyed expressed skepticism of the
standard CD. - No lossless audio compression decoder chip mass storage capacity of the USB-CD.
Dimensions Circuit Board Layout
Sony Music USA
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