View Full Version : Writing Audo Cd + ID3/Track Data

The Error Guy
03-01-2013, 10:50 PM
I have a friend who recorded a studio album with some friends, the master disk of course just has Track 01 etc on it. They want to give a few copies to friends and include the track name and other information. So far I havn't been able to help, Burning a data CD didnt work, making a .cue in imgburn didn't either. I'm consulting via phone so I'm not sure if I'm going wrong or if there was a misplaced mouse click somewhere.

What's a nice, easy way to get track information embedded with the CD that will carry over when played Via CD player or when ripped with itunes/other ripping software.

I got him to rip the CD to 320kbps MP3 + add the tags but it's getting the tags to burn to the CD is being problematic.


03-01-2013, 11:05 PM
Audio CD's don't have tags, there is an extension to the CD format called CD text which works with a lot of modern players but not all and should work with ripping software as well. Find a burning program that supports CD text and that's the best you can do.
Most Audio CD's are recognised by a ID number which is looked up in an online database and that's where track listings come from on a pc. Disconnect the internet and put a CD in your PC that's never been inserted into it before and you will get track01, track02, etc
Remember the CD standard is over 30 years old.

Another option is to burn a mixed mode CD with audio tracks and a data track for album art etc.

kahawai chaser
04-01-2013, 11:39 PM
I think you might be meaning a cue sheet (http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Cue_sheet) to be used, i.e. cd text metadata. Long time since I did this with EAC (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/) by enabling in options the title/performer tags or similar.

05-01-2013, 08:36 AM
Not specifically, the cue sheet certainly can be used to write CD-text as part of the authoring process but is itself not what I was referring to.

IMG burn and Nero both have options to burn audio CD's with CD text and let you edit them if need be, other software probably does too. Here's a guide for imgburn (which yes uses the cue file).
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HowToWriteOrBurnACDCDRThatIncludesCDTextWithImgBur n.aspx

06-01-2013, 02:56 PM
CD-Text is the only way, without some stupid software on a separate data session that will only serve to annoy people.

Or you could just print a paper label with the names like the rest of the world ;)

06-01-2013, 07:22 PM
If you get really desperate iTunes will do it