Thanks everyone! This site is awesome. I can’t believe how fast my questions were answered.
For future reference I want everyone to know that I posted this question last night in 2 other forums â€“ â€œAudioâ€ and â€œCD and DVD Burning Softwareâ€. Since I got the most responses from the â€œNewbie Forumâ€, I will no longer check the other forums for answers. I think my questions are more appropriately posted here, at least for now.
So to help other Newbies out I have copied and pasted another response from redarmy11 in one of the other forums, as well as my response. This way we can keep all the valuable information right here in this forum.
RESPONSE FROM REDARMY11
Re: Help burning MP3 files to CD-Râ€™s
- MP3 files are normally burned in numerical or alphabetical order, regardless of the order that you specify. To keep them in a particular order, you’ll need to rename the files, adding a sequence number to the start of each, ie “001 - Track 1”, “002 - Track 2”, etc.
It’s obviously very laborious to rename the files manually, but there are batch renaming tools such as R-NameIt (a freeware renaming tool) which can help.
- The number of MP3s you can fit on a disc is determined by the ‘bitrate’ - a higher bitrate means higher quality but also a larger filesize, and therefore less songs per disc; a lower bitrate means lower quality output but more songs per disc.
When you select 12 hours of music, Media Player automatically adjusts the bitrate so that you can fit this amount of music on the disc. Other programs may be able to lower the bitrate even further, so that you could fit even more songs on the CD. Try to find a balance between sound quality and filesize that suits you.
Hope this helps…
MY RESPONSE TO REDARMY11
Thanks redarmy11. The information that you provided was exactly what I was looking for and I really appreciate the advice. I will try the freeware program that you suggested.
I’m still a little confused because the 3 CD’s that I burned so far with MP3 files don’t SEEM like they are in alphabetical OR numerical order when I play them in my car stereo, which was my first thought. For example, I burned a CD with about 90 songs - about 30 Led Zeppelin, 30 Jethro Tull, and 30 Black Sabbath. When I play it in my car the very first song is “Achilles Last Stand” (Led Zeppelin), but the very last song, for some reason, is “Bungle in the Jungle” (Jethro Tull). The first song makes sense, but not the last one.
Within the next day or 2 I will take a more detailed look at how the files are named and arranged on my computer. Once I find out some more information I will post the results here. My initial thought is that they are in some sort of numerical order, but maybe I’m not viewing the entire file name correctly.
Thanks again redarmy11. I owe you one.
Thanks again also to everyone who has responded. You all provided valuable information and saved me a lot of time. My response to redarmy11 above applied to all of you! I will get back to everyone in a day or 2 when I find out a little more about this.