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Re: [Libcdio-devel] CD-Text patches

From: Robert William Fuller
Subject: Re: [Libcdio-devel] CD-Text patches
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 06:30:02 -0500
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On 11/27/2011 04:12 PM, Leon Merten Lohse wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 03:48:18PM -0500, Robert William Fuller wrote:
>> Thomas,
>> CD-Text IS specified in older MMC standards.  Specifically, try
>> "mmc3r10g.pdf".  It has an "Annex J" that describes the format of
>> CD-Text.  I am not sure why the newer MMC standards omitted it.
>> Cheers,
>> Rob
> That is indeed the best documentation you can find other than cdrecords.
> But it is still kind of superficial. libcdio already supported most of
> the fields described there. Unfortunately you will not find any 
> information about the structure of binary CD-Text fields like genre or 
> size_info there.

There is one other source of documentation on CD-Text that I know of
that is relatively comprehensive.  Sony had a CD-Text pre-mastering tool
available for free download from  It has a sub-directory that is
chock full of documentation, including examples of binary packed CD-Text

Also, I believe the program itself will create the packed data, although
I have never run it.  So this offers another avenue to explore CD-Text.
 You might need an old version of Windows to install it, but you could
always run that in VirtualBox or something equivalent.

Now the bad news is that it's no longer available from Sony's website.
The good news is that if you paste that URL into the Internet Archive
Wayback Machine, you can still download it.

Hope this helps.


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