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Revisited.. Again I'm looking for experiences on the most cost effective way
to embed a CD or DVD drive into an OEM product, for the purpose of playing
pre-recorded audio.  This is 2000 or so units per year.  I asked similar
questions about 2 months ago, and this is a different customer but similar
application.  Last time I came to the conclusion that I need to just stick
in an ATAPI drive ($17-$25), but then again there may be a better way known
now.  When I rip apart a commercial CD or DVD player, the transport looks
much more Spartan and less expensive.  So, I ask again, just in case.
Thanks for your patience.

Any thoughts?

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You can buy the pickup and spindle motor assembly, but the support
electronics required are a lot of engineering to get working right.
Your volumes are negligible compared to consumer electronics volumes.
I think you are still definitely in the zone where an ATAPI drive
makes best sense. You could certainly try contacting some of the
Chinese vendors of portable CD players (try starting at
www.globalsources.com as a kick-off point), but I don't think they'll
talk to you at these volumes (and the customization costs would
probably exceed your budget IMHO).

$17 does sound a bit expensive for a CD-ROM drive (unless you were
considering a laptop-type unit); can you consider using a 5.25" format
(i.e. standard mounting holes) and buy surplus? You should be able to
pick up NOS slow (24x or slower) CD-ROM drives for well under $10 in
2k qty. I have occasionally seen large lots (500-5000pcs) of 8x drives
for ~$4.50 each.

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