Text and the Internet Data bases
information can be encoded on a CD during mastering or
replication. Most mastering facilities will encode
free of charge, while CD replicators may charge extra for
this service. CD Text information will include CD
title, track titles,
and artist's name. However, be advised that only
compatible players can display CD Text. These may
include car systems, home Hi-Fi systems, some DVD players,
portable CD players, etc. Not all CD/DVD players are
CD Text compatible.
The text you see when you insert a CD into your computer
drive is not taken from the CD Text encoded on the CD.
Computer drives do not recognize CD Text. The text
information for your CD will only be displayed by computer
drives if you first submit the information to the online
CD databases. Once you've submitted the information,
the text will be displayed each time your CD is inserted
into any computer that's connected to the Internet.
The CD data bases are: CDDB, FreeDB, AMG Lasso, and
Information on how to submit to the CDDB using the iTunes
player can be found Here
Information on how to submit to AMG Lasso can be found Here
Information on how to submit to MusicBrainz can be found Here
Information on how to submit to FreeDB can be found Here
Itís advisable to submit to all four data bases as
different players use different data services.
Itís always best to use a manufactured (replicated) CD
for submission rather than a CDR master. Slight
timing differences between the two can cause a replicated
CD to be misread by the database if the information was
submitted using a CDR master.