Mini CDs are sometimes known as pocket CDs in the industry. These discs are around a third of the size of a standard CD, though they have the same storage abilities as a full sized disc. These CDs function the same way a standard disc would, though they are smaller in size. They can be used for text, storage, audio or video files with the proper formatting.
Formatting for Mini CDs
There are different types of mini CDs that can be used for different promotional purposes.
- Single mini CDs are typically used for audio formatting the way a vinyl would have been used several years ago. In most cases these can hold up to 210 MB of information.
- Business card CDs are often truncated to the size of a business card, offering 30-100 MB of data. These CDs usually have wings added to the side to make them rectangular, but these are removed later on when the disc is to be played.
Additional formats for mini CDs include a 24 minute “pocket” cd for data storage and a 185 MB disk that can hold a condensed version of a 650 MB CD. In many places these are known as CD3s while a standard sized disc is a CD5. This refers to the metric units associated with the production of the disc.
Compatibility of Mini CDs
In most cases mini CDs can be played in a standard CD player, but there are some considerations that can help ensure they work properly.
- Mini CD players were sold throughout the later portion of the 20th century, but these have largely been discontinued.
- Consoles that have users insert a CD vertically rather than horizontally cannot take Mini CDs.
People often recommend mini CDs for use in CD players that have a center spindle. These will hold the disc in place so they will not slide around. Should the disc slide out of place it can cause a graphic error or result in the disc becoming stuck in the machine.
Using Mini CDs for Promotional Materials
People often prefer to use mini CDs for promotional materials because they have a wide variety of packaging options and make for a unique presentation.
- Smaller discs require less packaging and protection so it is easier to send them out as part of a promotional offer for less money.
- Some cases are so small they can even be inserted into a wallet without the risk that it will damage the case.
- Due to the smaller data size, mini CDs can easily be replicated in a short amount of time.
Many people choose to buy mini CDs in bulk because they are less expensive than a standard sized CD and easier to transport. You can easily wind up with three times the promotional materials for the same price you would have paid to get a single stack of traditional CDs.
Those that have a brief message that needs to be sent to a large group of people can rely on mini CDs to promote their work.