I'm hoping for fact-based accurate to-date info here. Factual input much appreciated.
Where are CDs being manufactured these days and who owns the plants? I might be wrong in my
understanding, but I think Universal and EMI and maybe also Warner Music and Sony have mostly gotten
out of the manufacturing business. Have they sold or spun off their plants? If so, what entities own
them now? I might be wrong about Sony, they seem to own plants at least in Japan and perhaps
elsewhere. There used to be a reliable number/letter code system in CD "deadwax" that indicated
where a disc was made, and some plants boldly stamped their insignia on the discs. This doesn't seem
to be the case today.
Also, is replication the same as in the 80s and 90s -- is a glass master still cut from a data
stream (I would assume it comes off a hard drive today rather than a 1630 tape)? Have there been
further advances in reducing baked-in jitter? I remember there were some advances in the 90s, mainly
in the glass master cutting.
-- Tom Fine