On Sat, 2003-03-01 at 18:40, SM wrote: > sound to the soundcard without a cable as well. so is this simply a > question of someone doing the appropriate coding, or are there > patent/licensing/philosophical issues involved? There are players which read raw CD data, there are players that use the audio cable. The audio cable set up is *massively* more efficient and reflects the PC world pre XP. In addition some players seem happy to play broken ('protected') CD audio discs via a cable but not read the disk data. Its a matter of what each distribution chooses to ship at any given time. Alan
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