DataPlay

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DataPlay Inc.
Incorporation
Founded 1999
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Longmont, Colorado, USA
Key people
Bill Almon, Jr., CEO and President
Jeff Roberts, CFO
Products DataPlay Engine
DataPlay 500MB Optical Media
Number of employees
~30 (2006)
Website www.DataPlay.com (defunct)

DataPlay is an optical disc system developed by DataPlay Inc. and released to the consumer market in 2002. Using very small (32mm diameter) disks enclosed in a protective cartridge storing 250MB per side, DataPlay was intended primarily for portable music playback, including both pre-recorded disks and user-recorded disks (and disks that combined pre-recorded information with a writable area).

DataPlay included an elaborate digital rights management system designed to allow consumers to "unlock" extra pre-recorded content on the disk at any time following the initial purchase.

The recorded music industry was generally supportive of DataPlay and a small number of a pre-recorded DataPlay disks were released, including a Britney Spears album. However, as a pre-recorded format, DataPlay was a failure.

There were very few products seen on the market that could write data to these discs. Most notable[citation needed] was the Topy Mini Writer, which retailed for $130 (USD)[citation needed] and housed an optical pickup unit (image №4) with a USB interface board, allowing the use of DataPlay discs much like other end-user writable optical media (e.g., CD-Rs). Other noted[citation needed] products were the iriver IDP-100 and the MTV Video Device "MTV FLIP",[citation needed] which both housed the prototype-based model (image №2).[citation needed]

As of 2012-01-14 it is extremely hard to obtain any DataPlay items, as they have not been produced in some time;[when?] they are quite rare, unless found on a surplus or auction website catering to collectors or aficionados looking to obtain them.[citation needed]

Other trademark names:[citation needed]

  • DaTARIUS
  • DPHI
  • Dataplay

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