Audio CDs on Porteus and a nice surprise

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Audio CDs on Porteus and a nice surprise

Post#1 by fulalas » 23 Apr 2018, 22:34

Used to how Windows deals with Audio CDs -- basically it treats all files as .CDA with less than 1 kb, which doesn't allow you to simply drag 'n drop the actual songs --, I was quite impressed a few days ago with how Porteus behaves in this regard. It sees the files as .WAV, so you can drag 'n drop them and actual listen to the songs!

I'm wondering if this is specific to Porteus (I noticed that it comes with CD Paranoia) or Xfce (the DE I'm currently using) or it's a thing that all Linux distros do.

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Post#2 by brokenman » 23 Apr 2018, 23:20

:buhehe: He uses CDs. That's so 90s.
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Post#3 by donald » 23 Apr 2018, 23:35

@fulalas
It's a good question with a simple answer: CDA files are a Windows thing.
CDA files are created by the Windows CD driver and are not actually on the CD.
CDA files contain no music, they only point to where the music is located on the CD.

Normally the disc's Table Of Contents (TOC) provides an index of the start positions
of the tracks in the program area.
The music is a continuous stream of raw digital data (LPCM) rather than a collection
of individual files.

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Post#4 by fulalas » 23 Apr 2018, 23:42

@brokenman, but I tried! There's no FLAC available for most of artists, and Amazon sometimes sells MP3 albums for more than the actual CD which doesn't make any sense whatsoever. But in the end you're right: I'm getting old, hahaha!

@donald, thanks for the tech lesson! It answers part of the question (Windows side), but the Linux side is still a mystery.

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Post#5 by donald » 23 Apr 2018, 23:45

Normally = Linux. ;)

The cd driver in linux reads the toc, lead in and lead out (and some sub channels)
and provide the beginning and end of each track which you will see as Files in
a file manager.

btw
I also prefer audio CDs (though many of the newer ones are really bad mastered)
I own a so called HiFi audio system - a real one, not such an audio crap with a
hi-fi sticker on it.

"I never thought that my music could sound so good"
I hear again and again from astonished people.

But be warned, the better the equipment the more you will notice
how bad a lot of music is recorded,mixed and mastered. (e.g. loudness war)

And no, the "modern" (USB) DACs (digital audio converter) can't compete.

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