I have an audio CD that contains PC-listening blocking. This is what I discovered how it works:
The CD contains two sessions. The 1st one is composed of 12 audio tracks. The 2nd one contains some audio player, probably designed to listen properly to the CD. Every track is “stamped” with some unreadable data during the passage between 8th and 9th second. Under Windows, every player stops as it reaches 8th second. Manually passing through this stamp works well.
I want to rip the CD so I can listen to it via my netbook that doesn’t have any CD drive. So far I tried several approaches in order to obtain impeccable quality.
Just used Foobar2000 without any tweaks. The PC almost crashed, but the program never passed through the 8th second.
Used Linux (like VLC or Foobar2000 via Wine) to listen and to rip the CD. Any program easily passes through the 8th second, but produces a click. This click is kept in ripped files as well.
Used my PlayStation2 to listen to the CD. There are no stops or clicks, but I cannot rip the CD.
Used ISO buster (Windows) to export the Session 1. The application detected the above mentioned corrupt data stamps at the beginning of each song. I chose to ignore them. The result: a working CUE/BIN image, but those annoying cliks still are present while listening.
Maybe there are other people here who know what kind of copy protection this is and what to do about it.