MediaCloq

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#1

Any plans, or could Slysoft plan, for AnyDVD’s CD Audio Protection Removal to remove MediaCloq? If AnyDVD can work with mastering errors, why not a simple TOC error?

I’m working with Soundchoice Karaoke discs, so I cannot rip to MP3. I will need to make a full (nearly full) copy to CD.


#2

Do you mean the “MediaCloq” of “Charley Pride” fame?
I didn’t even know, it was used elsewhere!


#3

Yes. I had to do a search… Yes, MediaCloq is of the Charley Pride fame.

A search gave me this pretty in-depth info: http://ukcdr.org/issues/cd/charley_pride.shtml

I had already found this “fix”: http://cdprot.cjb.net/ I had also read that a dry erase marker could be used (but that was just messy and hard to clean).

As I mentioned I’m thinking of Karaoke CDs. SoundChoice has a whole series of CDs that are protected. In reading the article (first link), I see that if the disc gets even a small scratch the copy protection makes it skip or click worse than a regular disc. My Karaoke discs do get used a lot (a lot of in and out of the player).


#4

I suggest you use CloneCD to make backups of your Karaoke Discs. Not all drives can read MediaCloq protected discs, but I am sure there are a few (including the good old Plextor PX-40 CD-ROM).

AFAIR MediaCloq had the TOC modified, that the Audio Tracks are signed as Data Tracks. Quite an effective method, as a lot of drives refuse to read such tracks.


#5

I did attempt CloneCD, it didn’t seem to read from the discs. Though I did not let it go for very long.


#6

Well, this is the wrong forum, but…
If CloneDVD refuses to read MediaCloq and shows read errors, your drive does not read media cloq protected tracks.
What happens here:

The drive “thinks” the Audio tracks are Data Tracks, and tries to perform data error correction on the Audio Samples, but this fails.
The only solution is to try a different drive. I know there were some, which do read these discs.