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CD-Text is an extension of the audio CD standard that allows you to store additional information on an audio CD, such as album name, album artist and track info. Many audio players like Winamp and RealPlayer can read CD-Text but Windows Media Player has never supported it. Until now, because the WMPCDText plug-in allows Windows Media Player to read CD-Text.
WMPCDText provides an option to automatically read CD-Text from unrecognized audio CDs. Alternatively, you can right-click on a CD track in Windows Media Player's Now Playing mode while a CD is playing, and select Read CD-Text (see screenshot below).
WMPCDText especially comes in handy when using Windows Media Player for playing home-made audio CDs. Before WMPCDText, you would have to insert all the track information of such a CD manually into Windows Media Player. Now, just make sure that the CD-Text information is burned onto the CD, play the burned CD with Windows Media Player, and WMPCDText will automatically read the track information from the CD itself and insert it into the Media Library.
The plug-in is written for Windows Media Player 11 and higher. For reading CD-Text on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, administrator rights are required. However, you can use Nero BurnRights to make reading CD-Text possible without administrator rights too.
Comments, questions, problems, bug reports etc. can be posted in the WMPCDText thread at the Hydrogenaudio Forums.
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