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Old 12-14-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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How can I make an MP3 disk?


I see that Walmart sells audio players called CD/MP3 Players for under $30. Here is one model.

So how do I make an MP3 disk? Does it matter what the bitrate the audio is recorded at? I have some speech recorded at 64kbs and wonder if that can be put onto these disks or if that bitrate would cause problems with playing the CD. How much I can fit onto one disk? Can I just burn them onto CD-Rs, or do they have to buy special disks for this purpose? I normally use K3B for burning stuff.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #2
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You should be able to burn an mp3 collection onto a CD with K3b.

Here is a direct quote from the K3b handbook supplied in my suse distribution....

Step 1
When you start K3b you should see something like this.

Now you click on "New Audio CD Project"
The files you see on the top-part of K3b can be dropped with the mouse to the bottom-widget. Another way is to right-click on a file an select Add to Project. In order to rearrange the order of the audio-tracks you can simply move the tracks with the left mouse-button. The properties of the tracks can be changed by clicking with the right mouse button and choosing Properties. As soon as you like the arrangement of the tracks click on Burn... in the right-bottom corner.
Note
When you burn AudioCD from MP3s or other lossy compressed music, remember that if you encode this CD back to MP3, you'll get poorer quality regardless the bitrate you use. To check whether AudioCD was burnt from lossy format, try auCDtect.
Step 3
In this dialog you can control the settings of the burning itself. The default-settings of K3b are probably correct for you. In the top-right corner you can control the speed. One last step before the actual burning you can give the CD a title by choosing CD-Text and selecting Write CD-Text. The two which are probably most important for you are Title and Performer. As soon as you are content with the settings click on Burn.
Step 4
In this dialog is nothing you can do. Just wait for you computer to finish the session.
 
Old 12-14-2005, 11:52 PM   #3
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An mp3 disk, from my understanding, is just a regular data cd with mp3 files. A CD/MP3 player is a player that will play audio cds as well as data cds with mp3 files. Any cd burning program will let you make a data cd of mp3 files. CD/MP3 players are definately cool since you can fit more mp3 files on a cd than you can songs on an audio cd. I need to get one for my car...
 
Old 12-15-2005, 04:53 AM   #4
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Don't forget to drop the playlist file together with the mp3's. A cuustomized playlist will ease navigation when you use the player.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 10:16 AM   #5
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When you get the mp3 player check out the specs on its playback capability. In other words don't rip your mp3 files at a higher rate then the player can handle. The 64k speech mp3 should not be a problem to play and you can mix bitrates. You do not need special disks for mp3, regular cdr disks will be fine.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 12:34 PM   #6
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What is the format and name of the playlist file?
 
Old 12-15-2005, 12:43 PM   #7
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I believe the extension is m3u.

http://hanna.pyxidis.org/tech/m3u.html
http://www.scvi.net/pls.htm

Regards,

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Old 12-15-2005, 02:24 PM   #8
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I have used an CD/MP3 player for an year or so, and have tried several burning methods. Most (Windows) CD Burning Programs come with a MP3 CD template, although the same effect is achieved if you simply burn the MP3's to a CD as data. One issue to look out for is that some CD/MP3 Players can't navigate through folders on your disc. For example, mine can only go through one level of folders. I have yet to burn an MP3 cd through Linux, although I have little doubt there will be any problems. Regular CD-R's will work just fine

Larrydag...
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You should be able to burn an mp3 collection onto a CD with K3b.

Here is a direct quote from the K3b handbook supplied in my suse distribution....

Step 1
When you start K3b you should see something like this.

Now you click on "New Audio CD Project"
The files you see on the top-part of K3b can be dropped with the mouse to the bottom-widget. Another way is to right-click on a file an select Add to Project. In order to rearrange the order of the audio-tracks you can simply move the tracks with the left mouse-button. The properties of the tracks can be changed by clicking with the right mouse button and choosing Properties. As soon as you like the arrangement of the tracks click on Burn... in the right-bottom corner.
Note
When you burn AudioCD from MP3s or other lossy compressed music, remember that if you encode this CD back to MP3, you'll get poorer quality regardless the bitrate you use. To check whether AudioCD was burnt from lossy format, try auCDtect.
Step 3
In this dialog you can control the settings of the burning itself. The default-settings of K3b are probably correct for you. In the top-right corner you can control the speed. One last step before the actual burning you can give the CD a title by choosing CD-Text and selecting Write CD-Text. The two which are probably most important for you are Title and Performer. As soon as you are content with the settings click on Burn.
Step 4
In this dialog is nothing you can do. Just wait for you computer to finish the session.
Actually, although You can burn it as an audio CD, when you do this it converts the MP3's to a format that regular audio CD players can understand (I think it's .WAV or something similiar). This SEVERELY limits the capacity of your CD, to 70-80 Mins (around 20 regular songs). You NEED to burn your MP3's as Data, NOT Audio. This saves them on the disc in their default format (MP3), and depending on your bitrate can hold around 100 songs (128 Bitrate I think) to 300 songs (64 bitrate).
 
Old 12-15-2005, 02:32 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the good answers.
 
Old 12-16-2005, 09:43 AM   #10
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As noted above, all the factors and "formats" are dependent on the capabilities of the stand-alone mp3 player you are producing the disk for. Unfortunately a lot of this is not well documented for these players, so you just have to experiment. For example my cheap DVD/CD/MP3 player is picky about what is in the file name and refuses to display certain names in the list, but will play them anyway if you select a "play-all" mode. Mine also won't display an entire DVD data disk full of MP3's, instead only displaying a portion of them.

Perhaps your time would be well spent reading reviews of many of these stand-alone players to see what kind of luck other users have had playing MP3 disks.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 09:41 PM   #11
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so it's true !?! :)

well, i was about to write it all off as "one of those sacrifices you make when you switch from windows to linux", but i am glad i didnt.

we really are entering the world of "linux can do it, and do it well"

true enough, all you need to do is make a data cd with the mp3's. i went out to my car to test it in my mp3 cd player, and lo-and-behold, it was fine.

i suppose if you want to get all "fancy" you can make the m3u file, but i didnt. i just copied over the mp3's.

i actually went so far as to install k3b cause i didnt think serpantine would do it. i am sure at this point that either will be fine.

cya!
 
  


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