Cue sheet (music software)
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A cue sheet, or cue file, is a
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file which describes how the
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s of a
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are laid out. Cue sheets are stored as
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files and commonly have a
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. CDRWIN first introduced cue sheets, which are now supported by many
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applications and media players.


Overview

Cue sheets can describe many types of audio and data CDs. The main data (including audio) for a CD described by a cue sheet is stored in one or more files referenced by the cue sheet. Cue sheets also specify track lengths and
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including track and disc titles and performers. They are especially useful when dividing audio stored in a single file into multiple songs or tracks. The data files referred to by the cue sheet may be
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s (commonly in
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format), or plain
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s, usually with a extension. When used for disc images, the format is usually called CUE/BIN, indicating that it stores a disc image composed of one cue sheet file and one or more files. The files are raw sector-by-sector binary copies of
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in the original discs. These binary files usually contain all 2,352 bytes from each sector in an
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, including control headers and error correction data in the case of
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s of CD-ROMs, which store only the user data). However, the TRACK command in a cue sheet file can be used to refer to binary disc images that contain only the user data of each sector, by indicating the specific CD mode of the tracks from which the image was created (which is necessary to know the size of the user data in each sector). The BIN/CUE format is one of the few formats besides Nero's NRG,
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