[mythtv-users] How to play audio CDs?

Preston Crow pc-mythtv08a at crowcastle.net
Mon Dec 14 19:24:36 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-12-14 at 12:14 -0700, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Monday 14 December 2009 12:04:31 pm Preston Crow wrote:
> > On Mon, 2009-12-14 at 10:49 -0800, Ron Garrison wrote:
> > > On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Jim Stichnoth <stichnot at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> > > > What's a good way to play audio CDs under myth without having to 
> first
> > > > rip the CD?  Is there any way to use the Internal player, or do I need
> > > > to call out to an external application?
> > >
> > > I'm not in front of my Myth box right now, but it seems to me that you
> > > go into mythmusic then hit menu.  If I recall correctly, the option to
> > > play from the CD should be there.  If I don't recall correctly then
> > > sorry for the bum advice (but I do know it can be done).
> > 
> > Yes, it does work, but only if your CD drive supports it, which
> > apparently excludes a lot of newer SATA drives, as I understand it.
> I don't understand how an optical drive could *not* support playing a CD. 
> Perhaps you would have to connect the analog audio output of the drive to 
> an input to your sound system? Of course this would give only analog 
> quality.
> Playing an audio CD would seem to me to be pretty basic to a CD drive, 
> maybe this is some sort of scheme to try to prevent ripping or copying?
> AFAIK ripping audio CDs is legal, as long as you don't distribute or sell the 
> results.
> How would I tell when buying a drive if this was going to be a problem or 
> not?

As Isaac pointed out in another post, I was completely wrong on this.
Some CD drives have an audio-out cable that you can use to play CDs,
which isn't there on newer drives, but Myth doesn't use that method, so
you can ignore much of what I wrote.

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