Because both the Compact Disc and Digital Versatile Disc were conceived as distribution media for software—in this case, software meaning audio for the CD and video for the DVD—standardization has been of the utmost importance. Without hard and fast standards, you cannot be sure that the disc you buy will play back in your drive. Consequently, every format of disc has an official standard that guides both drive- and disc-makers so their products can be compatible.

The Sony-Philips standards are published in books that are commonly referred to by the colors of their covers. This small rainbow covers all currently recognized CD standards and was enlarged to embrace the new Super Audio CD. The DVD standards, promulgated by the DVD Forum ...

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