stands for "blanks and postage". For a complete detailed explaination on this trading method, please visit
is an "unmanaged" distribution process. Someone offers any copies of a release on a specific board FOR FREE
and send it to the first takers (first arrived first served). These takers in return agree to burn three free copies offered back on the same board.
(free means free
: no conterpart for blanks and/or postage). The number of free copies to distribute in return is set by the original
offerer. It is usually 3 copies for double Cd releases and five copies for single CD releases. [ In this case you can add
a note to your personnal offer such as "us residents prefered" or "european residents prefered" ... ]
is a "managed" distribution process. Someone offers a release on a specific board and make a request
for "branches" and "leaves". Branches will burn copies to leaves. Their is a structure posted to the board and
everyone is to set a trade (either for other releases or for blanks and postage) separately at each point.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT NO MONEY COMES TO SPOIL THESE STRUCTURES
You will also need to understand what is SHORTEN and EAC ...
: it is a lossless 2:1 audio compression system. Shorten has two important features which makes it a must for
trading audio cds. It generates a checksum code to verify the datas received are identical to the original,
and as a data storage mode, it prevents from glitches, pops, jumps and other tricks when copying audio CDs ...
The best software to manage shorten files (windows only) is
MKW Audio Compression Tool
: Exact Audio Copy home page
This freeware (PC Windows supported only) assures you that the copies
of audio CDs you make on your hard drive are errors free.
use this software or a similar software for a good trading. Never do "on the fly copies" (from cd to cd).
Alway use EAC to make .Wav files onto your HDD and make your copies from these .wav files.
Of course similar tools are available for various OS, but I don't know them. Ask the communities for more details
The CDrs FAQ
: The CDrs FAQ
Once you'll have read this (many translations are available),
you'll have a good knowledge about CDrs, burners and troubles ;-)
Please, do not request direct trades