This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
CD-Text is a standard that allows disc and track information to be embedded
on an audio CD. The data can be read by some CD players, providing a way
to have disc information available without having to enter it manually or
look it up in a database.
Adding CD-Text to the discs you record requires a compatible recorder and
capable software. Support was scarce in mid-1999, but is more common now.
The currently available software supports writing of album title, artist
names, and track titles, and can copy discs with CD-Text data already on
them. Storing lyrics within the tracks is possible but not widely
Not all CD players and CD-ROM drives can read CD-Text. If this feature is
important to you, check the specifications before you buy. Some programs,
notably Windows Media Player, claim to read CD-Text but will actually use
an Internet database instead.
Some MD recorders have a feature that lets you copy the CD-Text info
from audio CDs (e.g. "Joint Text"), but it appears that some CDs prohibit
the copying. The result is the message "Text Protected".
The site http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/~aa571/cdtext.htm has some additional