MFDigital CD DVD Information Library
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Mixed Mode CD > CD-ROM Ready
This is one name for mixed mode discs where the data 'track' is hidden in the pause before track 1 (an audio track) begins. This avoids the problem of trying to play track one when it contains data. However, it is still possible for audio players to attempt to play the data if the user 'rewinds' into the data and then plays it.
A number of so-called Enhanced CDs or ECDs are actually of this format and not CD Extra discs.
Another type of mixed mode disc, where the same problem has been partly solved in a similar way, is the CD-i Ready disc. This is a CD with the CD-i data hidden in the pause preceding the audio tracks. However, there are some problems with this approach and Philips have never confirmed the current tentative specification.