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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Burning CDs or MP3 in iTunes!

By default, iTunes burns CDs as Audio CDs that can play in any CD player.  Many cars now come with an MP3 CD Player and it is possible to burn CDs that contain a lot more songs.  It is however not necessary to use an application like Toast to do so.  It is possible to modify iTunes' preferences so that it burns MP3 data CDs.  You can change it in the "Burning" tab of the Advanced preferences.


Blogger Newton Lewis said...

Well as far as I know it doesn't let you burn an mp3 CD unless all the songs are already in mp3 format. Personally I use the aac format for my library. Is there a way to still burn an mp3 CD without having to convert the songs to mp3 first?

July 5, 2008 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

I think (although not 100% sure) that's the difference between an MP3 CD and a Data CD.

Data CDs are used for backups, with all your files in the format that is already in your iTunes library, while the MP3 CD option burns all songs as MP3s.

July 5, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Zeviet said...

any one know a program that allows you to put one DVD or CD, in the upper DVD Drive, and make a replica of the DVD with the bottom DVD Drive.

Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks

July 5, 2008 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...


It is not possible if the DVD is encrypted. With non-encrypted DVDs and CDs, you can use an application like Toast.

July 5, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Zeviet said...

thanks, isnt Toast like $80?

July 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...


Yeah, I don't know of any good alternative though.

July 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you can use MacTheRipper freeware application to backup your DVD movies (encrypted or otherwise)

July 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Newton Lewis said...

The only problem is you cannot play a data CD in an audio CD player or an MP3 player.

July 10, 2008 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Blue with Grief said...

Ken, Can u tell me exactly what kind of DVD I need to purchase to put my entire ITunes library on a disc that I can play in my car? Also, what are the steps I need to take to do this successfully in I Tunes?

December 3, 2008 at 3:07 PM  

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