Well, I learnt something new. I always assumed EAC was just a perfect audio ripper. I didn’t realise there was much other data coming from the CD
Yes, You can see in the CUE file, places to put the Title, Performer, Track Name and Track performer.
The early CD players could actually read this info off the CD and display it in a LED display. There were two problems: 1) CD players were very expensive - over $500 and 2) enough CDs were made without the information on the disk that caused a problem of people thinking the player was broken. To get the price down and to stop all the returns, they took the display off the players.
The Catalogue number in MB language is the Record Catalogue number as used by the Record Label and found on printed the spine of the CD case.
It’s confusing as all the tagging systems use catalog number to mean the value off the disk. At a minimum, I think MB should update its documentation to make it clear. “This is not the catalog number you are looking for” . How does this get done?
the EAN\UPC\Barcode gets you close, but you’ll need to check the artwork in hand to be exact
Yes, and the plot thickens:
- the number under the printed bar code on the Pilgrim CD is 09362-46577-2
- if I scan the actual bar code, the number returned is 0093624657729, This is a 13 digit number and is an UPC/EAN number based on the description on https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=Cue_sheet:
- CATALOG – A 13-digit UPC/EAN code, also referred to as the Media Catolog Number (MCN). 12-digit UPC codes should be prefixed with a “0”.
@chaban Thanks for the link to the MCN.
So there’s confusion about what is in the barcode field:
- is it the plain number 0093624657729 that a bar code scanner reads which is 13 digits and therefore is an UPC/EAN number OR
- is it the number printed underneath “09362-46577-29” (a variation of the 12 digit number) OR
- a 12 digit MCN? eg 093624657729
(I also checked my copy of Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon; There is no catalog number on the actual disk. The barcode on the back of the case is 7777-46001-2, when I read it with a barcode scanner, it reads as 0077774600125 which almost matches the bar code field in the data base for the specific version of the CD that I have if you add a leading 0. Someone must have read the bar code with a scanner as the check digit isn’t printed on the case)