mp3 cd????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bigben334, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. bigben334 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005
    some car companies are saying that their car has a 6-cd changer with mp3/wma playback capability or watever...what exactly is that??? from what i understand, there is a blank cd out there that holds up to like 4.2 gb of music or something like i correct??? and if i am correct, can somebody please tell me which format of blank media that is that i need to buy to hold all that music and play it in my car?? thanks
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    To your first question. It means the cd reader can read MP3 cds. So you can put more music on a regular CD. As for a 4.2GB CD, that would be a blank single layer DVD at 4.6GB.

    You would be better off getting a deck that has an iPod connector. Then you can set up play list or easily navigate through songs while crashing your car! :eek:
  3. bigben334 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005

    ok i just did some research on the internet and i realized that an "mp3 cd" is just a regular cd-r or cd-rw with more music on it...but now HOW DO I DO THAT?! how can i get a regular blank cd to fit all that music??? thanks
  4. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
    You burn your music onto the CD, with the songs remaining in their .mp3 or .wma or whatever format, so the songs remain 3MB or so. This differs from a regular audio CD, which will work in a regular CD player, because when your burn songs onto those CDs, the files change to it .WAV? a format where the songs are much larger in size.

    The CD burner programs I've used have had the option to burn an MP3 CD, but you may find some that only call it a Data CD.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You can even burn an MP3 CD easily from within iTunes, as long as the songs you want to burn are already in MP3 format.

  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Download an application called Toast Titanium and there is an option for mp3 Cd. Most CDs hold 650MB so that is about 70 songs.
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I don't want anyone to get misled here, Toast is a downloadable purchase (ie. you pay for it then download it), not a free download.
  8. webcookie macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2006
    Brava Centauri
    To make a MP3 cd in iTunes, you need to change the burning preferences to "MP3 CD" (the others are Audio CD (that's a regular cd) and Data CD). Then you can fill 'er up.
  9. taytho macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2005
    KC, MO
    thanks.... i was about to ask that.
  10. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    iTunes>Preferences>Burning>select MP3 CD...and next time you burn a cd, is will be in this format
  11. lonelemur90 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2006
    New Jersey
    i think you're a little confused. changing the format of a recordable cd to mp3 doesnt necessarily change the amount of music it can store. any cd-r or cd-rw cannot store 4.6 gigs. this can only be achieved on dvds. and i would also recommend just getting a deck for your ipod.
  12. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    Aside from agreeing with the others who say get an ipod deck, you can also find decks that can play mp3 dvds, they're just $$$$, whereas if you have an ipod you can just hook up and go, and then take it with you when you leave the car as well:)

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