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What is the name for a track hidden before the CD content?

If you are looking for a technical term it is "pregap". The article states: Not all CD drives can properly extract such hidden tracks. Some drives will report errors when reading these tracks, and ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

Spotify is an excellent means of discovering new music based on similar artists and genres. They have a "tab" that is dedicated to discovering new music based on everything you listen to. However, ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

I'll be honest; in my advanced age I no longer care about "hard copies". Mainly because I've moved my vast vinyl collection (approx. 5,000 pieces) several times and it sucks. So, now I store it on ...
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How to check if a CD is copy protected?

Audio CD copy protection, such as it is, usually involves producing discs that deviate from the CD audio standard in order to trip up CD-ROM drives, which are the only drives that should be able to ...
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Code on Japanese CDs

It is the catalog number of the CD. It is like an ID number for identification, ordering etc., and unique to that CD. For example, for CDJapan Moshimo Watashi ga Sora ni Sundeitara Limited Edition ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

I'm using Apple Music for digital music on the go - and for discovery. The 'for you' tab is by far the best recommendation feature among the streaming services IMO (and I've been through both Spotify, ...
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

This might come across as a tad cynical ;) Personally, I feel it's that people, given sufficient peer pressure, can easily be convinced to fool themselves. No need for marketing pressure. Most people ...
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Who designed and approved the easily broken jewel case hinge?

As explained on Philips.com: Because of its sensitive surface, it was necessary to package the CD in such a way that it would be fully protected against damage. The package also had to provide ...
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Why does a clean nylon-guitar appear to be chorussed, on a cassette player?

The most likely cause is that the cassette play heads are worn or out of alignment, causing phase-discrepancies. It is likely affecting the entire recording, but is most noticeable at frequencies ...
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When music goes "out of print", do the writers/performers still hold their copyright?

In most of the world, the default length of copyright is the life of the author plus either 50 or 70 years. Wikipedia article So, even though a particular recording is 'out of print' it doesn't mean ...
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Audio CD with PC-application/other content

An early format was CD+G, though it displayed low-res graphic images not video. The primary application was for karaoke machines, however CD+G capable players were (and I suppose are) available for ...
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When music goes "out of print", do the writers/performers still hold their copyright?

To answer the rest of the question. Recordings go "out of print" when the company that is printing the recording decides that sales do not justify printing any additional copies and the company's ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

I'm with you, I'm still invested in my personally curated "collection," and have an antipathy to algorithmic services like Spotify and Pandora. I continue to discover a fair amount of music through ...
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Windows Media Player not offering "Rip CD" option for some CDs

According to the Wikipedia, that era was the midst of manufacturer's attempts to apply copy protection to CDs. If those disks have that enabled, that would explain it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Can the warm sound of vinyl be recorded onto CD?

See https://musicfans.stackexchange.com/a/2421/84 for another angle on this. The 'warm' sound of vinyl is a misnomer; a better description these days would be 'blurred' or 'distorted'. When CDs first ...
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Why is Metallica's "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" issued on two CDDAs?

According to Hetfield: On "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" being a double disc: Hetfield: "There's twelve songs, and they're not all three and a half minutes like "Hardwired' was. But there is ...
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Audio CD with PC-application/other content

I think you may be thinking of CD-i [CD Interactive] of which CD+G was a sub-category. I remember the company I worked for in the 90s investigating this & other technologies at the time; but we ...
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Whatever happened with InstantLive technology?

The technology was there in 2003, and it had several big bands attached to it, but artists encountered issues with it; the deal necessary to get Instant Live CDs was too restrictive and it eventually ...
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Multi-channels for audio standard

5.1 never got real traction in music, it's purely a home theater thing now. But, Cinemas worldwide recently started to adopt 3D audio formats like DTS-X and Dolby-Atmos and Auro3D. That lead to ...
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Is any Tomorrowland Orchestra music available on CD?

The Tomorrowland Orchestra is actually The Metropole Orkest, an orchestra for hire based in the Netherlands. Wikipedia's entry for them includes a selected discography. The Metropole Orkest seems not ...
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Multi-channels for audio standard

There is also DVD-A, which takes advantage of 5.1. However, there's a deeper issue here. First of all, the proliferation of Hip-Hop, which (let's face it) doesn't really utilize instruments the way, ...
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When is the SAMA 21 CD coming out?

I contacted a music store chain in South Africa, and they said: We cannot confirm that there will be one this year as there was no word on the CD from the supplier.
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

This seems like a purely opinion based question. But it's a fun one. And interesting. These days, I get exposed to 'new music' that I like in a few different ways: Radio. Believe it or not, radio is ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

As for collecting and storing music, I nowadays only buy vinyls, and preferably LP's. I only buy albums which I like and that I know I will listen to frequently. So how do I discover new music? ...
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How should I efficiently discover, collect, store and access new music in 2015?

I search for songs on SoundCloud based on a genre I like. There's surprisingly a lot of good stuff on there, ranging from apocalyptic music (such as Maxim Zhdanov) to dubstep/middle-eastern fusion (...
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How do you sort your CDs?

I had the same problem with my LP collection, so when I switched to CDs (35 years ago) this is what I did: Put a ID-number sticker on the spine of each case, 001, 002, etc. when I bought it. File ...
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How do you sort your CDs?

You won't be able to arrive at a sorting allowing all searches to be easy. My proposal: find a somewhat decent sorting (e. g. by main artist/year, but possibly simply by date of purchase) and maintain ...
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How do you sort your CDs?

the path of least resistance for popular music, as suggested by Johnny Bones above, is sorting first by artist, then by release date. however, this approach falls over in several cases. with ...

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