What determines that, in your example, 00:00:02:00 is block 0? Or is it part of the Redbook spec?
Also, is it true that the TOC (TRACK 00) may be longer than 2 sec?
Well, I just realised that a CD (a friend of mine released) contains a hidden track !And it lasts about 3 minutes.So I don't think it's just the pre-gap of Track that lasts 2s.
BTW, how does CD rippers (I use CDEx) handle the pregap data ? I never noticed some missing data in CDs where everything is mixed. Is it copied in the previous track (a problem for track 1) or the next track ?
robUx4I haven't done any cd copying for a few years (I can afford to buy them now!). But when I did, I was quite pedantic about making exact copies. ie. preserving all index points etc, especially the first pre-gap. At the time, there wasnt a lot of ripping software around, I used a cd-recording program called "cdrwin" which even now is probably the best cd-writing software for windows if you want to create custom audio cds. AFAIK it was actually cdrwin that invented the whole "cue-sheet" format to burn cds, now many other programs support the same format(even flac now!). cdrwin would rip cds and search for index points and create the cue-sheet for you, it worked very well and preserved audible pre-gaps etc. You have to have a supported drive tho (otherwise it would automatically make all pre-gaps 2s long), mine at the time was a panasonic 4X SCSI drive, which I no longer have. I dont think that my current drive works as well, with cdparanoia if I try and rip from the start of a cd containing an audible pre-gap, I get the pre-gap, but its all silence !!! wtf? I dont know if its the drive or cdparanoia thats the culpret, I am looking into it.