Creating an Audio only DVD from several CD's

Rick Stevens ricks at
Tue Aug 10 23:57:47 UTC 2010

On 08/10/2010 04:19 PM, JD wrote:
>    On 08/10/2010 04:07 PM, Rick Stevens wrote:
>> On 08/10/2010 03:33 PM, linux at wrote:
>>>>> So I managed to write a DVD-A on a DVD+RW with the following steps:
>>>>> dvda-author -o DVD -g *.wav
>>>>> mkisofs -o image.iso -sort sort.txt -udf DVD
>>>>> growisofs -Z /dev/sr0=image.iso
>>>>> I followed the howto on:
>>>>> I do not have the mkisofs patch applied and used the sort file from
>>>>> that howto.
>>>>> And on my Denon DVD-1920, an explicit SACD and DVD-A player, it plays
>>>>> fine.
>>>>> However, I cannot mount the so-created DVD-A using mount -t udf
>>>>> /dev/sr0 /mnt/udf; it gives me an "unknown filesystem" error.
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Gabriel
>>>> Hi Gabriel,
>>>> Did you try to mount it with -t iso9660  instead of udf?
>>> In fact, that worked. I had set the option "auto" in my /etc/fstab and
>>> mount without the "-t" option recognized the udf filesystem on the
>>> DVD-A and gave an "unknown filesystem error. The command "mount -t
>>> iso9660" as well as giving the filesystem type option iso9660 in the
>>> /etc/fstab-file works fine.
>>> How to play a DVD-A on the linux computer remains yet a mistery to me,
>>> however. Hope we'll find out soon.
>> Unless your computer's DVD drive supports DVD-A, you're stuck.  The
>> drive must support DVD-A internally.  The audio on DVD-A is not the
>> same as the audio tracks on a DVD.  Totally different beast (different,
>> lossless encoders used, higher bitrates, etc.).  It's similar to trying
>> to play an SACD on a non-SACD-compatible drive.
>> AFAIK, there are very few internal DVD-A drives available.  You could
>> wire your Denon into the line inputs of your sound card, but I'm sure
>> you thought of that.
> That is really sad!
> I had hoped to pack several CD's per DVD so I could play them
> in my car's dvd player.
> OK, so my next attempt is to create an mp3 dvd - but oh.. wait!
> my car's dvd player is not mp3 capable either.

As I have some old cars myself (67 Jag 340 and a 70 Jag E-Type), I was
faced with a similar problem.  My CD collection has been ripped to my
system at home, so I have MP3s (and other versions of the same stuff 
using different codecs) out the wazoo.

In my E-Type I use an iPod or other MP3 player and an FM transmitter
(which does double-duty being used with my portable XM receiver).  It's
not ideal, but the E-Type is a noisy car anyway, being a roadster and

I put a new radio into the 340 that has both a USB and an aux input.
I can plug the iPod or other USB player into the USB.  The radio can
deal with a VFAT-formatted USB flash drive, so I put a bunch of CD
content on an 8GB flash.  Plug it in and go.  The XM plugs into the aux
input.  I like this radio.  I may replace the one in the E-Type with
one of these.
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