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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-ROM

From the mid-1990s until the mid-2000s, CD-ROMs were popularly used to distribute software for computers and video game consoles. Some CDs, called enhanced CDs, hold both computer data and audio with the latter capable of being played on a CD player, while data (such as software or digital video) is only usable on ...

www.howtogeek.com/228634/how-to-use-cds-dvds-and-blu-ray-discs-on-a-computer-without-a-disc-drive

Sep 17, 2015 ... Modern laptops — and even many modern desktop PCs — are dropping disc drives. If you still have ... Once you're done, move those digital music files to the computer without the disc drive — or upload them to a free music-streaming service like Google Play Music so you can stream them from anywhere.

support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15067/windows-media-player-play-cd-dvd

Jul 26, 2017 ... In Windows Media Player, you can play audio CDs, data CDs, and data DVDs that contain music or video files (also known as media CDs). You can also play video CDs (VCDs), which are similar to DVDs, although the video quality isn't as high. If you have a DVD drive and a compatible DVD decoder ...

support.apple.com/en-us/HT203973

Apr 12, 2017 ... Sharing discs. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in optical drive and you need to use a CD or DVD, you can connect an external drive like the Apple USB SuperDrive. You can also share discs from the optical drive of another Mac, or from a Windows computer that has DVD or CD Sharing Setup installed.

lifehacker.com/5922047/how-to-survive-without-a-dvd-drive-in-your-laptop

Jun 28, 2012 ... Just plug it into your USB drive, pop in whatever CD or DVD you need, and you're good to go. You can rip CDs to iTunes, play DVDs in your favorite DVD player, and even boot from the drive if you need to run Linux or reinstall Windows. From opengraph. Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission.

support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03280768

Cannot play movies. If your computer was upgraded to Window 10 or 8, there may not be a software application capable of playing DVD or Blu-ray movies installed on your computer. Some Windows 10 and 8 computers do not come with a software decoder for DVD and Blu-ray movie playback. If your computer does not ...

www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-play-a-cd-on-a-dvd-player

Mar 31, 2015 ... Make sure the disc isn't scratched or dirty. Use a soft rag to clean the disc if you see any smudges. Insert the CD into the DVD player's disc drive and close it.

www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/help-dvd-drive-doesn-t-recognize-music-cds-anymore-341210

Until recently, when I put a music CD in my D-drive (DVD RW), I could play the music or rip the music to my hard drive. About a month ago this became more problematic, and now it will not even recognize a music CD (regardless of the program I choose to play it on: Real Player, Windows Media Player, etc.) ...

en.community.dell.com/support-forums/disk-drives/f/3534/t/19458742

Hi, we got a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop just over a year ago. In the beginning, we could play CDs and DVDs without a problem when it suddenly stopped working. Since, we are able to put in a disk to which the drive will flash and sound like its working but nothing will come up. When we go into 'Computer' ...