I have an ancient audio CD that I'd like to play. So far nothing will touch it except mplayer, it seems the disk is defective but mplayer soldiers through. I can't copy the disk either nor rip the audio off -- everything hangs. So, I'm wondering if there is some software that specifically handles CD errors, or if I can get mplayer to dump the audio to a file.

  • this may give you some clue unix.stackexchange.com/a/223514/84561
    – Tagwint
    Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 18:01
  • I'm trying ddrescue right now. If the error remains then hafta find some thing that, like mplayer, will skip the error. Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 19:39

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This worked:

 mplayer -ao pcm:file=/aMisc/ManInTheRhine.wav -cdrom-device /dev/sr0 cdda:// -cache 500000

I had to buffer the entire song to cope with the low quality of the CD but the result is perfect. Only mplayer could read it.

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