CD Question on burning

June 22, 2020 at 22:14:41
Specs: Windows 10
I have just burned music on my cd but it will not play on my old 2000 car CD player. Can I fix the problem?

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June 22, 2020 at 23:15:41
There are a surprisingly large number of different formats that
can be put on a compact disk, and many CD players will only
play one of them: .cda, or Compact Disk-Digital Audio.

.wav files, typically used on Windows computers, and .aif files,
typically used on Apple computers, are essentially the same
format as .cda tracks on audio CDs, but with a header added.
If you simply copy such a file to a CD, your player will not be
able to make sense of the header, and will not be able to play
the track. Many audio files are compressed, such as .mp3,
and CD players generally can't do anything at all with them.

In addition, if you put your files on a CD-R or CD-RW disk, the
player may not be able to recognze the disk at all. You need to
burn disks specifically for playback as CD audio. Such disks
will work on any CD audio player and on any computer.

Search for "how to burn an audio CD". It can be done in
Windows 10 without any additional software.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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June 23, 2020 at 01:25:11
My personal experience, and based on research aeons ago (2000) Is that some early car players were picky about brands of CD, and some also not OK with CDRW.

The push of CD for music rather than the general CD (usually more common and used for data) was regarded as a bit of smoke ‘n mirrors, and a means of charging more for essentially the same disks.

My Honda CD player (1998 series) plays any CD whether or not the disk is spec’d as for music. File formats however are another matter, it doesn’t like mp3.

I’d be inclined in your situation to search for the specs of the player in your car, and see which file formats it likes; and also used CDR only during any tests.

I’d also use branded disk as one generally knows what one is getting; bulk buy/cakes unbranded may not always be what they claim...

And I’d burn the disks at as lower speed as I can; to reduce errors etc., especially if using cheap, unbranded disks.

This link has a good explanation about the CD for music...

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June 23, 2020 at 02:32:06
And some older CD-players just don't play burned CDs at all. My girlfriend's 2001 Accord wouldn't play them at all, no matter what brand of disc, speed or burner. Wasn't converting the music to any other format either, and they did play on a portable CD-player I owned.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 23, 2020 at 03:21:56
Reflecting a little on my Honda’s CD/radio unit. I was forgetting that the original unit was cassette/radio and that I replaced it with CD/radio in about 2002, after someone broke into my Honda a swiped the cassette/radio. I know that models which played mp3 were around then, but cost more; and some were spec’d ok with CDRW.

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