I really appreciate your dedication on this Zigzagman. And other input as well.
I found the answer! There is a program called MP3BR Imager at mp3br.com that will do it. This is how it works…you can import a playlist from MMJB, well you are supposed to be able to but I kept getting an error. So, I imported the playlist to MediaMonkey, resaved it as a mediamonkey playlist file (BTW, playlist files are .m3u files) and THEN mp3br Imager let it load into the program. Next is the magic! MP3BR Imager makes an .ISO file out of the playlist with associations to the actual mp3 files. This doesn’t effect the actual files at all, that’s right…your mp3’s are UNTOUCHED by the process.
After that, you just open up an ISO burner like DVD decryptor in my case and burn the ISO image to a CD-R or CD-whatever and bingo! Go put it in your car like I did and the songs are played just like the playlist AND the song info (artist name and song name) are displayed for each song!
Another perk might be you could use a blank DVD and copy 4400MB of music on one cd, although I don’t know if my auto head unit will read a DVD-R…I’ll have to try that.
You can also folder many different playlists. I loaded about eight different playlists, which automatically created 8 different folders. The folders show up as “CD’s” I can scroll through in my head unit. The files ofcourse play back in the playlist order. This is great because those playlists are audio cd’s I used to burn. Now all my favorite audio cd’s are on one mp3 cd.
The only thing I don’t like is MP3BR Imager is shareware for 30 days and $30 after that. And I’ve read that it messes up XP with it’s registration software…ie, it losses the registration key if you restore your system, won’t let you restore after installing, ect…
So, we need to find non-buggy freeware Playlist file .m3u recognizing .iso file creating software.