Technical question about CD length.

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  1. John Watson

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    I have often seen multi disk compilation sets or series of old time rock n' roll with relatively little music on each disk - eg 14 songs clocking in at 35 minutes. The result is more jewel case or packaging than the music would require. That must add to production cost and shipping weight, and tends to waste shelf space at home.

    Is there any good reason why they wouldn't put 28 songs on one disk?
     
  2. Philip Hamm

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    No. The common reason for older compilations like the Beatles Red record and The Who Tommy original CD release is often that they were released as two records back in the day so the record companies release them as two records now.
     
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    There is no technical reason that those discs are shorter. Any redbook CD can hold 74 minutes of music (80 if you make the track width narrower).
     
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  5. John Watson

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    Yeah, thats what I am afraid it is - inertia (that's how it was in the days of LP's so lets just carry it on) , and a con job on those who can't see what a waste of cd space it is.

    Perhaps it is also a bit easier just to transcribe the tape containing the tracks of an old LP to CD without having to coordinate putting another tape onto the same cd.

    Thanks !
     

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