Solved Windows Media Player mp3

March 30, 2012 at 18:55:07
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I’m having a problem with Windows Media Player. I made audio discs a few days ago without any problems. I went to make some yesterday and the files seem to have gotten smaller, there‘s hardly any space used up on the disc when before it was almost to the end. When I drag my albums over to burn, the bar that says MB remaining is almost at the beginning when the other day it was almost to the end. These are the same files. They are all mp3 files. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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#1
March 31, 2012 at 06:26:14
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When you burn an "audio disc", the burning software converts the MP3 (compressed file) to CDA (uncompressed file) so the size of the file grows considerably. CDAs can be played in standard CD players such in a car, boombox, etc. An audio disc can hold approx 15-20 CDAs.

MP3s are highly compressed. If you burn them as a data disc (rather than audio disc), they remain as MP3s & take up much less space. 100s of MP3s can fit on a single CD. These discs can NOT be played in a standard CD player, they must be played in a computer or a device designed to handle MP3s.

I'm guessing you burned 2 different types of discs, one audio (CDA) & one data (MP3).


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#2
March 31, 2012 at 07:24:58
Thanks for explaining how that works! Both times I used Sony data discs. I did the same exact thing with the same exact files. One time the disc was full and played in my car and the next time hardly any space was used on it and it wouldn't play in my car but would in the computer. Everything was fine until I installed a new paint program. I did a system restore, it deleted the paint program but I still have the same problem. Could that have possibly messed with the settings?

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#3
March 31, 2012 at 08:16:01
Don't burn with Media Player, use a free 3rd party program such as CDBurnerXP. When it opens up, choose Audio disc from the menu, that way you'll be sure the disc you create will be playable in your car.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_c...


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#4
March 31, 2012 at 08:26:00
Thank you very much! I will install that today. Will I still be able to use the music that's in my library now?

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#5
March 31, 2012 at 12:40:27
I just figured out what I was doing wrong. When the burn drop down box came down I clicked 'burn data cd'. I didn't realize I should have clicked 'burn audio' cd as I was using a data disc.
Thanks very much for taking the time explain the differances!

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