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Replication vs. Duplication: What IS the diff?

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“What’s the difference between replication and duplication?

That is a question we often hear at Copycats Media, but sometimes not enough. If we don’t clarify this terminology with a customer, sometimes they request one product while expecting the other. That is why it’s important to know the difference. And if you’re a sales rep, it’s important not to assume that everybody knows this difference.

Basically, replication and duplication are two terms refer to how your CD or DVD is manufactured.

REPLICATION The CD or DVD replication method is typically used for high volumes of 500 discs or more. It involves creating a glass master. That master is then used to press CDs and DVDs. These discs are essentially molded from scratch and created with the information already on it.

DUPLICATION This method is the one with which most people are familiar. CD or DVD duplication involves taking a blank, recordable disc (CDR or DVDR) and burning the information onto it with a laser. Most of us have done this using a CD or DVD burner on our home computers. This method is typically used for smaller runs of 100 to 300 units.

FURTHER CLARIFICATION (and an excuse to talk about cookies) We like to compare the two methods like this: replication is like baking cookies from scratch using your grandmother’s favorite recipe; duplication is like baking cookies by using some pre made, cookie dough you bought at Target. With grandma’s recipe you have to combine all the ingredients, just like how you combine the glass master, polycarbonate base, metallic reflective layer, and lacquer coating to create replicated CDs/DVDs. With the pre made, store-bought dough, all you have to do is slice it up and put it in the oven. Similarly, with duplicated discs, you just have to take the pre-made CDRs/DVDRs and put them in the recording drive.

At Copycats Media, we are able to manufacture both types of discs. Both methods will give you a quality product in the end. It all depends on what you need. If you’d like to get more pricing information, feel free to request a quote or holler at your sales rep.