Hi, a friend of mine bought a music CD (Evanescence - Fallen) and she was unable to get any more than 3 songs to work on her hifi. In fact the 1st song = the 3rd song, so there are effectively only 2 playable songs.
I tried helping her out using Feurio/Exact Audio Copy but both programs only saw 3 songs as well. This was on a LiteOn 48x CD-ROM drive and a LiteOn SOHW-812S DVD-RW drive.
I also tried using Nero to make a hard disk image, it turns out that the image size is small (230MB), with most of the size being taken up by a 100MB data track and the rest by the 3 ~40MB audio tracks. The data track seems to be for some Flash intro you get when you try to play the CD on a computer without using special programs to try to rip tracks from the CD. This small size is consistent with 3 songs, if I got say 500MB then I would’ve expected more.
Lastly, I tried playing it on my portable CD player but it also only saw 3 tracks.
The CD has a faint visible ring in the middle in the data section, with the words Sony Music in the centre. I can send you a scanned picture of the CD if you like, I don’t know if the ring will contrast well in the scan, though.
I was thinking that maybe the remaining songs are after that visible ring, but all the 4 CD players tested so far “stop looking” after it hits the ring.
I am puzzled because my friend is pretty sure she bought the full album (in fact the manual has all the songs there listed).
What is going on? Is this just copy protection on steriods - can’t even play the music CD on specialised music CD players - let alone a computer??