Sorry Richman I didn’t specify exactly what was meant by “on the cd itself”. The number is printed on both the jewel case and the cd label and I ASSumed it must be somewhere on the bits of the cd.
It never occurred to me that CDDB was not using that serial number which uniquely identifies the cd. Using the start of each track and counting the tracks seems cumbersome and inexact to me.
Since the only way I can definitely identify the cd in a store is by looking at the printed manufacturers number, it seems I will have to type that number in by editing the tag info by hand. Probably add the number to the Album name ala Album_Name - alb1234.
Considering today’s difficult legal climate, it’s quite a disappointment to see that having an original cd bought by me with a unique number printed on both the jewel case and the cd could be considered not enough evidence to prove that my mp3 or other derived file came from that purchased original.
I believe I saw something called ‘diskid’ in the id3v2 spec. Any idea if this is what I’m talking about and if any tag program can insert it when you rip?
Thanks very much for your information and help.