Like most areas of the MOD scene, distributing MODs by CD-ROM have Undergone a sea change. With the introduction of affordable read-write CD-ROM technology, the whole world and his tracking brother are releasing CD's of their material. Certainly the major MOD sites Aminet, cd-rom, Hornet, KFMF and others are actively marketing and still selling CD's (although Maelcum's note casts some doubt on how many - see [6.4] WWW). In the original FAQ, jester mentioned Aminet and several other sources, and I resolved to check them out:

Aminet has this on the website about CD sales:

  • Aminet-on-disk. You can order single Aminet files (3 DM per disk) or per-directory subscriptions (2 DM per disk) from Martin Schulze, Parkstr. 14, 66806 Ensdorf, Germany. Phone: +49 (0) 6831 506171, email masc@coli.uni-sb.de . Send 3 DM in stamps or $2 to get an index disk with instructions.

    Aminet-on-disk is available on Amiga-Floppy (880k: 3DM, 1.76MB: 5DM), SyQuest 88/105/270MB and 128MB-Magneto-Optical. (DM 0.40 per Megabyte without media costs)
I'm not sure whether they still do the numbered CD system jester decribes below but I would imagine so. Jester wrote this description in the original FAQ:

Aminet CD
  • Contains 330 MB of software 230 MB of mods, 100 MB of top downloads consisting of 1700 mods, 1600 utilities, 250 games, 100 demos and 80 animations.
  • Availability: shipping (whatever that means - jester)
  • Avilable in two versions, Aminet Gold and Aminet Share. The higher priced version includes a donation o the otherwise unpaid makers of the CD, the lower one doesn't (donations are still accepted).
  • Compatible with all Amigas including CDTV/A570. Not compatible with CD32 plus Communicator. Compatible with CD32 plus SX1. Compatible with all Amiga OS versions for the access software. Compatible with all operating systems, except some MS-DOS CD-ROM file systems that can't handle mixed case filenames.

The Aminet website:
http://www.germany.aminet.org/aminet/dirs/aminet/disk/cdrom/ has all of the previous Aminet CD's listed and indexes of what's on the disks so I'd say the system still holds true. Go over there for ordering information.

There is also a comprehensive list of PC scene CDROMs and other information located at http://www.hornet.org/info/cds.

Since all of the other CD's mentioned in the original FAQ featured snailmail addresses and telephone numbers, I would have imagined they had long stopped trading. If you know different and you issue MOD CD-ROM's (ie not a tracker operation) please get in touch and let me know.

On that subject, take a troll over to the Maz Sound Page:


and take a look at some of the excellent CDs on sale there including sample CD's AND Maz's own (compilation) Tracked Worx CD's.

A word of caution. There are plenty of people out there hawking 'so-called' MOD anthologies. Do be careful when buying stuff like this. The chances are that you'll end up with a CD-ROM full of crap tracks and not a lot else. Suppport the scene by buying your MODs within it. If you like an artist/group so much you download their entire catalogue for your listening pleasure, pay them the respect of buying a CD from them too. One hand washes the other...


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