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Why MP3 disk does not play in your car CD player



Do you make audio disc the right way? Read this article to find what can go wrong with it.

The problem

You have some MP3 files (.mp3 files) or music played in Windows Media Player (.wma files) that you can play on your computer, but after burning them to a CD and trying to play it in your car CD player, it wouldn't play and would eject the CD from the player.

What can go wrong

  1. You may have created a data disc rather than an audio disc. Data disc can be created by using drag and drop in any disk recording software.

  2. Some old car CD players do not support MP3 file format. So when you burn them to a CD, choose to create an Audio Disc or Audio CD. It will create the type of files and directory structures that will be recognized by Audio CD players such as the one in your car.

    Here is a screenshot of making Audio Disc by using freeware InfraRecorder.



  3. Another point worth mentioning is that don't use re-writeable disc to burn the Audio disc. Use read-only disk instead. Some car CD players can't play Audio CD created by re-writeable disks.

What is Audio CD

For Audio CD, if you look at the disk on your computer in Windows Explorer, you'll see files with .cda file extension. Strictly speaking, .cda isn't a real computer file because all of them have only 1KB in size. People designed .cda files as simply a way to make the computer displaying them in Windows Explorer so that you are able to see them. You can consider them as pointers to the actual .wav files on the disc, similar to the way how Shortcut works in Windows Explorer.

If you copy and paste .cda files from your disk to the computer hard drive, and then remove the disk from the CD, the computer will report that the relevant CD is not available. This is because .cda is not a real file but a pointer.

Please note that Audio CD is time-based, not size based. You will only be able to fit 80 minutes of audio onto the disk.

Happy burning!


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