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Burning software on CD to sell commerially?

I would like to burn to a CD a small software utility that I will sell commercially.

In terms of the actual CD, What type of CD should I use for this? I don't want to have to worry that the CD burned correctly, or if the actual CD is defective or low-quality.

In terms of the label, what would be the best way to print the label to the CD? The image in the label is a photograph, so the printing would need to be precise. The label side of the CD will be covered by this image.

Finally, I don't want to spend a fortune. The CD will be sold for about $10. I've heard of lightscribe, but I'm not sure if that's what I should use for this.

Thanks.
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CrashDummy_MSCommented:
It probably depends on how many you're going to be making. If you're making hundreds of copies, you would probably want to pick up a disk duplicator with a printer built in. Those start around $1500. For less volume, you could use something like this with inkjet printable CDRs to do the printing: http://global.dymo.com/enUS/DiscPainter/default.html
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CallandorCommented:
I recommend Taiyo-Yuden blanks for reliable burns.  Lightscribe requires drives that are capable of burning labels, and the discs must be Lightscribe discs http://www.supermediastore.com/category/u/blank-recordable-dvd-r-disc-discs-media?filter=Surface%3DLightScribe.  For large numbers of discs, I agree with CrashDummy_MS that you should get a duplicating machine.
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MyersAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.

Right now, I can't invest $1500+ on a duplicating machine, so that's out of the question.

What are my other options? My concern is not wanting the CD to look 'cheap'. I was thinking of inkjet-printable CDs. Is that technology any good?

Thanks.
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CallandorCommented:
Here are some examples of Lightscribe designs: http://gallery.medea.co.uk/thumbnails.php?album=27&page=1  I think they look pretty good, and the cost will be lower than inkjet, since you won't need to add the cost of inkjet cartridges to each disc.  A Lightscribe-compatible burner costs about the same as a normal optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335
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MyersAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the post.

I just realized that lightscribe is black and white, and the photos are full color.

What options do I have for color?
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CallandorCommented:
If you want color, then inkjet-printable CDs is probably the way to go.
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MyersAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.
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