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Thursday, July 08, 2004
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Data in Track 1

The first track of a CD can be a CD-ROM data track. The producer of such discs can get the benefits from two titles but only needs to produce one. The user with only a CD audio player, should be unaware of the data content, while the user with a CD-ROM drive in a PC will be able to play the audio and use the data. Applications include the addition of sleeve notes with graphics/photos plus more interactive and esoteric applications.

One of the problems which has inhibited the widespread use of mixed mode discs is that some early CD players will try to read a data track with possibly disastrous consequences. This 'track one' problem has prompted a number of different solutions including CD-ROM Ready and CD EXTRA discs.