These particular CD-R were made to avoid the extra copyright levy/tax which has to be paid for [I]CD-R which can be used with consumer CD recorders[/I] (also called [B]CD-R for Audio[/B]). You can use them in normal CD burners. Consumer CD recorders are the cheaper standalone CD recorders, some more expensive standalone CD recorders do record on normal CD-R not specially flagged for audio.
They are NOT mechanically different from other CD-R except for the packaging, and they do have a hole. I haven’t heard of a CD without hole ever made by any company, let alone Taiyo Yuden (who are generally very conservative with introducing new types of media into their product line), as (what you already implied) it won’t make any sense.
If you don’t believe me, feel free to contact the company selling those discs to ask them about these discs, as I don’t have any of those
- The holes of Taiyo Yuden media are indeed tighter than the holes of some other media (if you don’t believe me just grab a jewel or slim case and try it out with one TY and one CMC disc), but this is a different topic.