Gordon Messmer wrote: > There are Free Software players, just few under license terms that allow > them to be distributed with Fedora Linux. > One Free Software player is the Helix player for Linux from > RealNetworks, Inc. I wasn't aware that the Helix license was a Free Software license. Last I recall the FSF was "in the process now of determining whether their license qualifies as a Free Software license." (you'll have to read Google's cache at http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:L0WH0HTO8uUJ:savannah.gnu.org/people/viewjob.php%3Fgroup_id%3D3972%26job_id%3D251+site:gnu.org+free+software+license+helix&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 because the Savannah server is currently mapping all Savannah URLs to http://savannah.gnu.org/statement.html). I was aware the Helix license qualified as Open Source, but as I'm sure you know, Free Software and Open Source aren't the same thing. > Windows may play the audio data by reading the CDDA and playing it through > the sound driver, but I'm not aware of any Linux player that will do the > same. I think ALSAplayer will do this. It's the only audio player I know of that will play any audio source forwards and backwards (including playing CDs). I am inferring from this capability that ALSAplayer is actually playing the ripped audio stream from CDs.