SenutyEnool Posted March 31, 2006 Share Posted March 31, 2006 G'day folks, I'm making an arbitrary guess here that a lot of you have MP3 capable playback systems/machines that do not have stackers. For those of you that like to make your own music CD/DVDs and wish there was a way around not having a stacker and are sick of having to change CD/DVDs continuously a trick that I came across some time ago is that you are able to put 160 MP3 music files on 1 CD and up to 800+ MP3 files onto a DVD and they will play back perfectly. Now with those figures quoted above I'm averaging a simple MP3 file as 5Mb and at approximately 4 minutes duration, this will give you on average of over 13 hours of listening pleasure on 1 CD and a whopping 60+ hours on a DVD.......... How is this possible???? It's actually quite simple, when burning MP3 files to CD or DVD, do NOT use the burn as 'audio' CD/DVD option, but instead use the 'data' option when burning. The files burnt do not lose any of their sound quality when using the 'data' option in case you're concerned about this happening. The only other 'rule' to stick to is that you can not have sub-folders on the CD/DVD, but it must be one continues list. Another thing you may have to do, this is personal preference if you want to put the files in any sort of order, is that you may have to do a lot of renaming. By that I mean that as you know when you look at a music file, most of them are prefaced by a number; eg; 1. Music File One, 2. Music File Two, etc. and if you were to burn them without changing file names they would be burnt in numerical order, thereby having no order to the music as such. This will work fine if you don't mind randomising your music. However, depending on your CD/DVD burning software, it might only be a simple task of moving files up or down to the order you want to burn them in. For this, the software I use is Nero7, where it is a simple matter of highlighting the file and moving to the position I want to burn them in. There are no doubt other programs out there that do this, but that's my preferred option. And one last trick I use is that I compile my CD/DVDs on re-writable media, that way when I won't to change my compilation, it's a simple erase and re-burn. Is this a pipe-dream? Not at all, the reason I know that you can squeeze so many MP3 files on is because I have successfully burnt a compilation to CD and also to DVD with no troubles playing them in MP3 compatible devices. Soooo, get your compilations together and happy burning and listening. (@ Mods - not sure if this is the correct topic to post this under, if it's not please move it to the relevant area.) Cheers :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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