your discs compatible with all playback equipment?
we are a short run specialist, our discs are all burned—rather
than pressed. Occasionally a playback device that appears
to work fine with pressed discs, will have problems
with a burned disc. Considering how popular CD burning
has become, one would have to think that the inability
to play a burned disc is the fault of the player, not
the disc. At any rate, our customers don‘t find
this to be a significant problem, but it does occur
once in a while. If you feel you cannot live with
less than 100% compatability, you may want to get your
or DVDs pressed rather than
burned. However, pressing isn‘t
usually an option for less than 500 discs.
Put It On CD offer any alternate packaging, like cardboard
sleeves or Digipaks?
the present time, we are unable to offer any other packaging
options than those described in our Packaging section.
One option we do offer that may not be obvious, is placing
a 1- or 2-panel front cover and disc in a clear vinyl
sleeve. It makes a decent promo package at reasonable
don‘t have the means of putting my own artwork
together. Can I just send you my photos and text and
have Put It On CD do my layout?
but we only do basic layout work. Expect this
to add an additional week to your time frame. We would
need you to supply any photos or illustrations you want
included in the design. Because we keep it simple, the
cost will usually range from $60 to $100, but it depends
We encourage you to also consider the graphic designers
in the Resources section. Most
designers charge by the hour, or a per project basis,
be able to give you an rough estimate.
I provide the artwork and master, will there be a setup
fee or any unexpected costs compared to the custom price
quote your online calculator gave me?
you make an error with the price calculator (for example,
specifying thermal printing on the disc when your job
requires an Everest® print),
there will be no additional fees—if you pick up
your order at our Dartmouth shop.
If we have to ship, additional costs will be added for
postage. Also, if you require an unusually fast turnaround,
we may ask in
for a rush fee as a condition for meeting your deadline.
are your typical turnaround times?
most disc duplication without covers: 1-4 business days,
plus shipping time if required. For most disc duplication
with covers, 3-7 business days, plus shipping time if
my song titles appear when I put my CD into a computer?
a computer program like Windows Media Player to recognize
the song titles, that information must be uploaded to
an online CD identification service such as Gracenote.
You can perform the upload yourself if you have iTunes
running on an internet connected computer. It can even
be done after your discs are made. The procedure is described
do I upload the CD title information to Gracenote
1- With iTunes open, insert the disc
in your CD drive. In a few seconds, iTunes will display
an Untitled track list for
the CD. (If iTunes asks if you want to import the CD,
2- Choose File >Get Info
3- Enter the Title, Artist, and Genre
information for each track. You may have to select the
first track and hit “next” to
select the remaining tracks.
4- Choose Advanced>Submit CD Track
Names (you must be connected to the internet)
You will need to check the disc on another computer to
confirm that the upload has worked. It may take a few
hours for the information to become available.
There is another kind of CD text information, officially
called “CD-Text format”, which works with
the displays on some CD players. We copy this information
if your master contains it. If you want CD-Text you should
ask your studio or mastering facility about it.
is the MAPL symbol used for?
MAPL symbol indicates Canadian content. Radio stations
in Canada have quotas for playing a mimimum amount of
Canadian content, so they look for the MAPL on CDs. The
most common version has all the letters showing, indicating
that the Music, Lyrics, Artist, & Production
are all Canadian but some versions have some letters
blacked out or reversed, indicating only partial Canadian
is Put It On CD‘s Copyright policy?
must either own the rights to the master you bring to
us for duplication, or have permission from the owner.
Our agreement to duplicate your discs is based on this.
We reserve the right to refuse or halt any duplication
job that we feel may violate copyright laws. To make
sure there are no delays, you should provide written
proof of any applicable licensing agreement.
if our CD contains cover songs?
if you own the actual recording, you must still obtain
permission to legally duplicate the songs you did not
write, unless they are old enough to be in the public
domain (generally 50 years after the death of the songwriter).
In Canada, licensing of most songs is handled by the
and also by SODRAC (www.sodrac.ca)—although
in some cases you may have to contact the publisher directly.
If you go to the CMRRA‘s site, you can search for
song names in their
database to find out if they handle licensing for the
songs in question.
much does it cost to license a cover song?
you obtain a license from the CMRRA, the usual rate is
a minimum of $38.50 per song, if the song is not more
than 5 minutes long, based on 500 copies. If you are
ordering less than 500 copies, the rate is still $38.50,
but it goes up if you order more. This information is
subject to change, so consult the CMRRA site for the
most current information.
written all my own songs. What should I do to protect
automatically own the songs you write, but you should
put a copyright declaration on your disc and jacket (© symbol
followed by the date and the name of the copyright owner,
for example: “©2007
John Smith”). Additional sources of copyright information
can be found in the Resources section.