Is it possible to create an itunes music cd that works with windows media player?

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  1. MacBook-Gal macrumors regular

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    I have all of my music on my Mac and would really like to be able to play the songs on my windows computer also.

    My problem is that when I created a cd using itunes, none of the names or song information showed up in windows media player. Will I need to have itunes on my Windows computer in order to see the cover art and song info, or is there some simple setting that I can change to make them show up right in music players other than itunes?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions! :)
     
  2. mosx macrumors 65816

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    Try going into iTunes preferences, then go to the burning options and check the "Include CD Text" option. Uncheck "use sound check" also. That kind of messes up the sound even though its only supposed to volume level everything. I'd personally take the gap out too. Makes it sound more like a real CD and gets rid of unnecessary silence.

    Just in case: go iTunes>Preferences>Advanced tab>Burning tab. You'll see it there.

    Keep in mind that CD Text wasn't very popular so sometimes its not properly implimented into the burning software or the ripping software will be programmed to access something like CDDB instead of reading CD Text.

    But yeah try that and burn the disc again. All you have to lose is another CD-R!

    By the way, your music.. did you buy it from iTunes? If not, just transfer your AAC or MP3 files over to your Windows PC. Winamp will play anything you throw at it, except purchased files from iTunes. Easiest way to do that (without a Windows formatted iPod) is to just create a burn folder, drag and drop the songs you want into it, burn the disc, and copy the files off of it your PC.
     
  3. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    It might be more convienient to download iTunes for the PC and stream the music if your on the same network. If you do have purchased songs, you can authorize the PC with you iTunes account so you can play them.

    If you really don't want iTunes. CD Text is the only way to go or burn an MP3 CD...
     
  4. MacBook-Gal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much for the tips! My cd does sound better without the sound check option.

    I tried burning another cd with the "include text" option checked. It still didn't show up the text or cover art in windows media player. I guess I will just have to download itunes onto the windows computer. The two computers are both on the same network, but I am not sure how to go about streaming music from a Mac to a PC. Is it very hard to do?
     
  5. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    All you have to do is turn on sharing in Preferences and the other computer's library will show up in the side bar.
     

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