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Old 06-10-08, 10:45 PM   #1
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Making a MP3 CD from my itunes library

My wedding reception is Saturday and my DJ just called to tell me he doesn't have TONS of the songs we requested. Asked me if I could make a MP3 CD of the songs that he can download into his system. What is the easiest way to do this? Not tech savy but my itunes doesn't seem to want to do this for me. Can anyone help?

Apologies if there is an existing thread. Just point me to it.

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Old 06-10-08, 11:34 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-08, 06:24 AM   #3
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Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Burning > Choose MP3 CD
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Old 06-11-08, 11:11 AM   #4
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The link provided by Numanoid does tell you this but it's not very clear if you aren't savy as you said.

If you bought the songs from the iTunes store, those songs are protected and cannot be burned to a .mp3 disc directly in iTunes. The only way to do that would be to burn a regular CD from those songs and re-import them into iTunes using the .mp3 encoder which would only degrade the sound further.


Otherwise, the link tells you what you want to know.
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Old 06-11-08, 07:14 PM   #5
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The link provided by Numanoid does tell you this but it's not very clear if you aren't savy as you said.

If you bought the songs from the iTunes store, those songs are protected and cannot be burned to a .mp3 disc directly in iTunes. The only way to do that would be to burn a regular CD from those songs and re-import them into iTunes using the .mp3 encoder which would only degrade the sound further.


Otherwise, the link tells you what you want to know.
You're on the right track. I get "how" to make an MP3 CD however when I go to burn it tells mt that their is an error with every single track not being able to burn as a MP3. Very frustrating. I was hoping their was some free software that would fix. Seems like burning the disk and ripping is my only option but, like you said, that kills the quality.
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Old 06-12-08, 09:16 AM   #6
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Basically, with iTunes, the songs have to already be in a .mp3 format for it to burn a .mp3 disc. iTunes isn't very flexible in that respect. It won't convert any other format on the fly. (someone correct me if I'm wrong but I've never seen it do it)

You never did say, are you trying to burn songs you purchased from the iTunes store? If so, that's why you are getting the error.
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You never did say, are you trying to burn songs you purchased from the iTunes store? If so, that's why you are getting the error.
Nope, songs that I ripped from my own CD collection.
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Old 06-12-08, 12:11 PM   #8
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Nope, songs that I ripped from my own CD collection.
Then that's just weird. And you ripped them in the .mp3 format or something else?
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Old 06-12-08, 12:36 PM   #9
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iTunes will rip to AAC by default.
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Old 06-12-08, 03:41 PM   #10
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iTunes will rip to AAC by default.
This is likely your problem. The iTunes default is to rip to AAC files.

As the name states, an MP3 disc must be MP3 files.

If your DJ is capable of playing AAC files, you can use any CD burning program (like Nero, for example) to burn a "data disc" of all the AAC files.

If your DJ requires an MP3 disc, you'll have to convert your songs first.

You can use iTunes to convert the songs to MP3, if you wish. Just go into options, import, and set it to MP3.

Then, in your library, highlight all the songs you want to convert, right click in the highlighted area and select the "conversion" option. Note that the MP3 does *NOT* replace the AAC after the conversion, though, so you'll be left with two copies of all the converted songs.
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Old 06-12-08, 06:26 PM   #11
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...or you could skip all that nonsense and just use any burning software (Nero, Roxio...) to make a data disc of mp3 files. Faster and easier, and you don't have to waste any time with itunes.
Itunes is basically like having a speed bump at the finish line at the Indy 500.
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Old 06-12-08, 06:30 PM   #12
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...or you could skip all that nonsense and just use any burning software (Nero, Roxio...) to make a data disc of mp3 files. Faster and easier, and you don't have to waste any time with itunes.
Itunes is basically like having a speed bump at the finish line at the Indy 500.
He can't use burning software to make a data disc of MP3 files if his files are AAC.
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Then, in your library, highlight all the songs you want to convert, right click in the highlighted area and select the "conversion" option.

I knew there had to have been a way to do that! Very cool. thanks

But auto you'd only be able to do that with the songs you ripped from your personal collection which is what you said you were trying to do anyway. Let us know if all of this solved your problem.
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Old 06-12-08, 10:02 PM   #14
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If your DJ is capable of playing AAC files, you can use any CD burning program (like Nero, for example) to burn a "data disc" of all the AAC files.
Itunes will do this itself. Instead of choosing "Audio disc" or "mp3 disc", choose "data disc" under the same tab.
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