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IEC specs, Red Book

Filed under: Hacking — Thomas @ 10:32 am

10:32 am

Dear lazyweb,

Together with the cdrdao developer, I’m trying to get my hands on the Red Book spec for Audio CD’s – also known as IEC 60908. The spec can be found on the IEC website. This spec is still not freely available, even though it’s been what, 20 years ?

It seems a spec like this is offered from several different places, at different prices, and I don’t know where the cheapest version usually can be found. Or maybe IEC, or Philips, offers the spec for open source developers at a more reasonable price ?

Who out there has had to get IEC specs for their open source projects, and how did you do it ?


  1. http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/closest-thing-free-red-book-standard-49264/

    Comment by someone — 2009-9-6 @ 11:04 am

  2. Seen that, have used it a little, but it’s not very clear and it’s definately missing things.

    Comment by Thomas — 2009-9-6 @ 11:53 am

  3. http://www.chipchapin.com/CDMedia/cdda1.php3

    Comment by someone — 2009-9-6 @ 11:05 am

  4. Seen that, not very helpful.

    Comment by Thomas — 2009-9-6 @ 11:53 am

  5. I also could not find it online :-(

    To me it seems, that the cheapest official way is to buy it from a local “standardizing” body in a particular country:
    In Belgium it seems to cost 22EUR

    which is less than the price stated in wikipedia …(~ 200$)

    Comment by monitor — 2009-9-6 @ 12:55 pm

  6. You might find ECMA 130 (http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-130.htm) interesting.

    Comment by Kurt Roeckx — 2009-9-10 @ 5:43 pm

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