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AudioGrabber 1.82 supports Audio protected discs! - 2/15/2003 11:44:22 PM   


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As the changes list says:

"...It has become more and more common with discs that says "This cd will not play on PC/MAC". The cd manufacturers has put an extra Table Of Contents (TOC) on the disc and this often fools a computer CD-ROM drive so the tracklist is messed up. Tracks are marked as datatracks and with incorrect start and stop times.

Audiograbber has now two alternative ways to get a correct TOC. The first is called Get TOC from subcodes. In this function Audiograbber looks all over the discs and tries to find out where the tracks really starts and stops. This can take a while so a status indicator is showing what is going on.

Many CD-ROM drives refuses to access the disc at all in a sector higher than what it belives is the lead out area (the highest sector on the disc). Some discs is made so the lead out area is set to a very low value, such as 224 when it actually should be somewhere around 300,000. In this case this TOC detection will fail.
Another way to find the correct TOC is to look at the session info and Audiograbber can do this too. This way the CD-ROM drive should not at all care about incorrect TOC information stored in a second or third session of the disc but once again it works only with some CD-ROM drives.

Plextor drives seems to be good at finding a correct TOC via these two alternative methods. I have also a HP cd-burner and that one gets a correct TOC all the times without troubles and I have an AOpen DVD drive that also gets an almost correct TOC but has the lead out area way too low and thus refuses to read anything above the lead out area. In short, get yourself a Plextor drive and you should be able to rip copy protected discs now with Audiograbber. A firmware upgrade may help for other CD-ROM drives..."

Of course EAC already supports such protected discs long time ago, and its free!
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