On 25 Jan 2004 17:26:51 -0600, Justin <rightbackatcha> wrote::
>I just got a PC with a CD-RW/DVD player combo drive. I've never had one
>before and never messed with MP3's before. I'd like to be able to burn a
>CD with all my favorite songs compiled from my audio CD's. Like throw a
>few Doors songs, a few Pink Floyd songs, etc. on one CD to take with me. I
>deliver/retrieve cars from new car dealerships, and it'd be neat to have a
>CD with a lot of tunes on it to play in these cars on sometimes 5 hour
>The software wants to decode it into MP3.
In future, If you've got multiple questions, please put them on
separate lines. It makes them a whole lot easier to reply to. It
also makes them easier for you to read later.
>If I burn MP3's onto a CD, can a
>standard car audio CD player play it?
No. If you have a CD/MP3 player, then you'd be able to play mp3 files
burned onto data discs. Several automotive and personal players with
this capability exist. You can easily figure this out because there
will be an mp3 logo somewhere on the player, and usually a HUGE mp3
logo or sticker plastered on the box and (even more usually) on the
These players are pretty nice, as you can rip your CD collection and
have 5 or 6 albums worth of music on a single MP3 compilation CD.
More if you decrease the bit-rate when you encode. That should be
more than enough for your 5 hour drive.
>Or is there another format I need to
If you want the disc to be playable on a regular CD player, you need
to burn them in CD-Audio format. I think it's officially called
Most burners ship with Nero Burning ROM or Roxio's EasyCD Creator.
Both have an option for creating an "audio CD". Often all you need
to do is start up the application, select that option and just drag
and drop the wav or mp3 files onto the compilation. The program will
do the conversion and then all you have to do is have it do the burn
on a fresh disc.
>Also I noticed that at the store they have CD-R's for music and for
>PC use. Any difference?
Yes. The "music" CDRs are more expensive. The price difference is
due to a levy (sort of like a tax) which goes to music associations
and companies to pay royalties, as these discs are assumed to be used
for making copies of music. Stand alone music CD burners often check
for a specific signature which indicates that this levy was paid
before they'll work. Only the music CDRs have this signature.
If you're burning on a PC, this signature is irrelevant. The only
other time you'd choose the music CDRs over PC CDRs is when you
absolutely need to burn at slow speed (1x to 4x), as these are pretty
much the only discs you can guarantee as burnable at slow speed these
Other than that, no difference.
>Also could I use a CD-RW disc to create this
>greatest hits CD?
Yes. However, some audio players can be finicky about the media used.
Some older players won't even play CDRW discs at all. Automotive
players tend to be especially picky about the media types and brands
that they'll play with. Specifics depend on the actual player, so as
with the early days, you'll have to experiment a bit with different
brands and media types.
>Thanks for helping a newbie out.
MCheu >> Stay informed about: CD-RW drive...how do I burn music to play anywhere?