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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Tech Question

Why can't I burn CDs from iTunes with more than 18 songs on them? The playlists are well below 100mb. My blank CDs are 700mb. I don't get it. The preferences screen for burning disks doesn't seem to have an option to change that setting. Any of you techy types have any light to shine?

2 Comments:

Anonymous tom said...

The reason is that the playlist size displayed by iTunes is in terms of the MP3 file format, which is much more efficient than the format that CD players can read (which is called redbook CD audio -- it's very similar to WAVs/AIFFs, and is totally uncompressed). A 700 MB CDR can only hold 80 minutes of CD audio.

You can burn a disc with 700 megs of mp3s instead, and get around this limitation -- but not via iTunes (you'll be making a data CD, which you'll want to do with a different program like Nero). And a data disc full of mp3s won't be playable in conventional CD players. It'll work fine in computers and some DVD players, though.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Blogs t r e t c h said...

Thanks Tom! I knew there had to be some clever answer.

3:30 PM  

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