Gracenote vs. CD-Text – What's the difference?
We're often asked, "When my fans put my CD in their player, will my album title and track names show up?" The short answer is, it depends on what kind of player they're using and on what steps you've taken before they put it in the player.
What is Gracenote? Access to iTunes and a whole lot more.
If they're putting your CD into an internet-enabled device (such as a computer), the computer is accessing an online database to match your information to your CD. The information they see does NOT come from your actual CD. There are a couple major databases, and Gracenote is the largest.
To ensure that your CD song names will be visible on devices such as iTunes, WinAmp, and Quintessential Media Player, we encourage you to register your album with Gracenote at https://www.gracenote.com or, even better, we'll register your track titles listed in the IPR form for you when you purchase our Global Music Distribution Bundle!
What is CD-Text?
If they're putting your CD into a standalone player, such as a home or car stereo, it's another thing altogether. Your CD needs to have been encoded with CD-Text at the mastering stage (before it’s been manufactured) and the player needs to support CD-Text (not all standalone players do).
(You will also have an opportunity to manually enter your CD-Text after uploading your tracks to your saved project).