The MultiPlay specification assures that Compact Disc Recordable (CD-R)
and Compact Disc ReWritable (CD-RW) discs created on personal computers
can be played in consumer CD and DVD players. MultiPlay builds on OSTAs
successful MultiRead compatibility specification, which has accomplished
full compatibility of CD-R and CD-RW discs in essentially all computer-based
CD or DVD devices. MultiPlay will similarly accomplish much needed CD-R
and CD-RW disc compatibility in consumer CD and DVD players.
The current MultiPlay specification includes Red Book Audio (standard
uncompressed digital audio), CD-Text, Slideshow and VideoCD as the initial
formats covered by the compatibility specification. Some CD and DVD players
are also capable of playing compressed digital audio file formats such
as MP3 or WMA written to CD-R or CD-RW discs. To address these compressed
audio formats, OSTA has created a logical disc format called MultiAudio
to ensure quick playability and navigation of MP3, WMA and other compressed
audio files. MultiAudio brings consumers the quick access to music that
MultiPlay logo enables consumers to recognize CD or DVD players that can
utilize CD-R and CD-RW discs as readily as they utilize pressed discs.
OSTA licenses use of the MultiPlay logo to complying consumer electronic
device manufacturers on a royalty-free basis. Compliance is self-certified
using MultiPlay test discs provided by OSTA.
MultiPlay, in conjunction with appropriate recording software and the
necessary drive functions, will enable consumers to play personal content
such as personal compilation audio discs, compressed audio, personal photos
downloaded in JPEG format from digital cameras or scanners, and personal
video compressed to MPEG1 format or downloaded from some MPEG1 video cameras.