I'm looking for suggestions as to how to archive CD-Audio discs (i.e. Red Book CDs with PCM audio tracks, like the ones you buy in a record shop, or like iTunes would generate if you chose Audio CD).
I'm involved in a large-scale media archival project. For hybrid data discs and DVD-Video discs, we've been making ISO files. These are perfect because they are a complete encapsulation of the content of the disc, including file names and suchlike. Also, they are verifiable via checksum against the disc content.
I would like to ask for suggestions for formats and workflows for archiving CD-Audio discs, bearing in mind the following constraints:
- We must generate one file per CD, which is a complete encapsulation of the PCM audio data, track order and track timings (so bin + cue isn't suitable in itself). This is unfortunately a restriction of our archival software.
- The format must be non-proprietary, documented and usable on many platforms.
I've seen this question, but unfortunately the solution (while elegant) involved generating a WAV file and a cue file. This unfortunately breaks constraint #1.
- If there were a way to verify the archival via checksum, this would be super awesome.
Many thanks in advance for any advice.