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majordude
Apr 20, 2009, 09:43 PM
Okay.

This is REALLY pissing me off. I want to burn a playlist (because iTunes won't let me burn a CD directly from an imported album). :mad:

I have a 4 CD set of Steely Dan discs. I have created a playlist from that set. As you can see, the song are in iTunes in proper order. But when I try to burn it, %$@!# iTunes does it in alphabetical order, not in the order I have in my playlist!!! WTF?!!! :mad:

Is there any way to fix this Apple screw up? :mad:



r.j.s
Apr 20, 2009, 09:49 PM
Have you tried making a playlist for each disc?

gr8tfly
Apr 20, 2009, 10:05 PM
What type are you burning? (audio, mp3, data) It looks like you took a screenshot at the beginning of the burn - have you let it complete, then look at the disk? IIRC, it will prepend the correct track number to each filename, so they play in the proper order. MP3's play alphabetically (at least in the couple of players I use regularly, one being the changer in the car).

majordude
Apr 20, 2009, 10:14 PM
What type are you burning?

I am burning an audio disc. It will span across several discs but it doesn't say how many.

r.j.s
Apr 20, 2009, 10:15 PM
It will span across several discs but it doesn't say how many.

I think that may be your problem.

iTunes is trying to burn a playlist, not a CD set. I think you need to create a playlist for CD1, burn it, replace the files in the playlist with CD2, and repeat.

gr8tfly
Apr 20, 2009, 10:29 PM
iTunes is trying to burn a playlist, not a CD set. I think you need to create a playlist for CD1, burn it, replace the files in the playlist with CD2, and repeat.

I don't think that's the problem. I just tried it from a large playlist and it was burning the spanned audio CDs in the correct (per playlist) order. I'm going to check around and see if I can come up with some ideas, though.

my example (it's 18 of 289 songs):

majordude
Apr 22, 2009, 08:19 PM
Okay, I don't know if this is the "official" fix but I added a column that sorts by album and then song so it burns in the right order (even though the order was right in the first place).

gr8tfly
Apr 23, 2009, 06:22 PM
Okay, I don't know if this is the "official" fix but I added a column that sorts by album and then song so it burns in the right order (even though the order was right in the first place).

Glad you found it - I thought it might have to do with what columns were enabled, but was thinking along the lines of track/disc.

majordude
Apr 26, 2009, 09:42 PM
Well, I was wrong. iTunes still sucks. It seems to have a mind of it's own. I almost think it is trying to be smarter than me and fit as many songs on a disc as possible... order be damned!

I'm doing another playlist and it is randomly choosing a song order. :mad:

majordude
May 25, 2009, 10:09 PM
Any more input?

<--- new avatar

iStuMac
May 29, 2009, 05:09 PM
Mate, this is also really p*ssing me off!

Burnt 2 cd's yesterday fine. Today it will only burn my next albulm in reverse order??

I tried adding the album column to my playlist, then list by track number...still no good.

I'm throwing cd's away like it's nobodies business! ********* annoying!! :mad:

wench
Jun 8, 2009, 03:28 PM
Easy fix -

Once you have them in your playlist, select the Album tab and
not the Name tab.

-kevin

iStuMac
Jun 8, 2009, 04:35 PM
Easy fix -

Once you have them in your playlist, select the Album tab (arrow up) and
not the Name tab.

-kevin

Sorry buddy, that still don't work. They were never listed by name anyway - always the number column or by track number. I've given up burning cd's with iTunes and use Roxio Toast instead - not had to throw one cd away yet.

majordude
Jun 8, 2009, 09:09 PM
Sorry buddy, that still don't work. They were never listed by name anyway - always the number column or by track number. I've given up burning cd's with iTunes and use Roxio Toast instead - not had to throw one cd away yet.

I have files in AAC (lossless) will Toast understand that? And if I have a lot of songs, will it span discs?

iStuMac
Jun 9, 2009, 05:02 PM
I have files in AAC (lossless) will Toast understand that? And if I have a lot of songs, will it span discs?

Yeah it will convert the AAC files. Not sure about spanning several discs though?

Check it out though: http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/product/TV049LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5Mw&mco=NDUwNDEwOA&s=priceLH