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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

What are you storing on this cd? What do you want to be able to play it?


The orginal cd audio spec didn't have any copy proection built in.



I store music on the disc

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Short answer: you can't.


Snarky answer: break it in half.


Long answer: there are plenty of software or physical means that have been tried, but none have consistently worked.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

do you want a cd player to be able to play the media? If so there isn't any copy protection as a part of the standard.

I do have a disc with old photos, could i copy protect or encrypt it?

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2 minutes ago, jaef said:

I do have a disc with old photos, could i copy protect or encrypt it?

You can encrypt files if there stored on it using the filesystem, just any any other files, encrypt it with something like 7ip or winrar, then copy those encrypted files. 

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1 minute ago, jaef said:

I do have a disc with old photos, could i copy protect or encrypt it?


You can encrypt anything using something like VeraCrypt before you burn it to the disc, but that would render the content (in this case, photos, or your prior case, audio) unreadable in any device you put the disc into. You'd have to decrypt the files using VeraCrypt before they become readable. As @Electronics Wizardy stated, copy protection was never intended to be part of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Disc_Digital_Audio standard.


*some studios / production companies did deliberately corrupt the Table of Contents as a means of copy-protection; however, this rendered their audio CD unplayable in certain CD players, thus hurting legitimate purchasers more than pirates.

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