Music CD with no audio files?

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  1. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro (22H2. 19045.2130)

    Music CD with no audio files?

    Hello all...

    So, this is a way-off question but I'm curious if anyone has ever encountered a factory-made music CD with no audio files on it?

    I recently purchased a second-hand CD that seems to be defective. It's in mint condition and I can see quite clearly that it is a professionally made factory disk, but when I load it, file explorer opens it like storage media. All that it has on it is a single zip file. The zip contains a handful of files of different types but none are audio.

    It's a strange one and I guess I'm also keeping an open mind to the possibility that something is wrong with my PC but since I'm not having issues with other music CDs, I don't think that the machine is the problem.
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  2. Posts : 4,166
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Wow, this is going back some years for me, but I have seen audio CDs that also had a data track on them. I wonder if this is a CD that has multiple sessions and has both audio and data.

    Maybe you need to look at the CD with a utility like Nero, or something else that can report the details about what is actually on that disc.

    Again, it's been a long time since I looked at that sort of thing so maybe someone else can offer some more details on how to look at that disc.
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  3. Posts : 722
    Windows 10 Pro

    Does the disk play in an audio player? Does Media player play it? Can you try a test RIP with media player? Investigate a firmware update for your disk reading device.
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  4. Posts : 706

    Enable show hidden files / folders and have a second look.
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  5. Posts : 4,696
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    As stated, Start your Audio player, like VLC player and go to File and Play Disc, does it play?
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    win10 home

    Go to --- and download the trial version.
    Whatever files are on the disc will be available for inspection.
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  7. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro (22H2. 19045.2130)
    Thread Starter

    Ok. Let me try some of these suggestions and report back. Thank you!

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    Ok... So, When I load the disk into the PC, it reads it and immediately opens an Explorer window like it's storage media. The disk does not play or show any tracks in Windows Audio Player.

    Unfortunately, I do not have an actual standalone CD player. With hidden files shown, this is what's on the disk. There is a data file that's just over a half GB.

    Music CD with no audio files?-oar_rockville_lp_disk.jpg
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  8. Posts : 4,166
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Question: Could that be disc 2 of a 2 disc set?

    I recall purchasing CDs back in the old days that came as a 2 disc set where one disc was the music disc and it came with a second disc that had PC data on it.
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  9. Posts : 4,166
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Huh, found info about this. Check this out...

    Reddit - Dive into anything
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  10. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro (22H2. 19045.2130)
    Thread Starter

    hsehestedt said:
    Huh, found info about this. Check this out...

    Reddit - Dive into anything
    Well, that's what I got. As far as I can tell from the sleeve, this is a single-disk album.

    Good find but I'm not sure what that boils down to. It sounds like I would need software to do anything with it. Totally bizarre that they would release an album in this format. I can't imagine that a CD player would be able to play it either.
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