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A bit of kit I've found very useful over the years is called Tag & Rename from a company called Softpointer. It's currently priced at £16.01 because it's from the US and the pound is so strong against the dollar.

If the .mp3 or .wma files don't have tags or you want to edit them, Tag & Rename does batch editing so you don't have to edit each track's properties. You can download the tags from specialised web sites to do most of the work for you if the tracks are from recognised albums.
 

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I burn my MP3's with the free CDeX - adds the tags as it goes.

Not used it yet but I think you can also fiddle with the tags before doing the burn to CDR.
 

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TFL iTunes pleeeeze!!!
Don' have time at the mo to go into a full screen shot style FAQ, but the basics are this:

- You need to create a playlist in iTunes with the tracks that you want to have on the CD

- Go into Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Burning and select your CD burner drive and the MP3 CD option

- Once you have done this, put a blank CD in your CD Writer drive select the play list and click on the Burn MP3 CD button - this should put all the songs from the playlist onto the CD which will then work when you put it into the Honda

You may find a few issues though. Any songs that you have bought through the iTunes store wont work and any files that aren't in MP3 format (they are in the native iTunes format AAC) also won't work.

I probably would be breaking the forum rules to post info on how to get around the DRM (or locks) that Apple put on the files that you buy from them, but there are plenty of free programs out there that will convert unlocked AAC files to MP3 which can then be written to the CD through Nero (or dragged and dropped on to the CD in Windows Explorer).

Hope this helps

Andy
 

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Ok bear with me here because this is all new to me. I want to make a cd with 30+ tracks on it and play it in my car. I have a Type S GT so it takes these files (as I understand).
I use Windows Media Player to Burn Cds absolutely fine. But when I try and burn more than the usual 17 - 18 tracks for use in the car it doesn't work. Am I missing something in my settings or does Media Player just not recognise and compress the files automatically:(

As I said this all new to me :cool:
 

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But when I try and burn more than the usual 17 - 18 tracks for use in the car it doesn't work
17 to 18 tracks is the norm for a basic CD burned with .cda files.

Once you have ripped your music to .MP3 then you must use the 'Data' option and burn the files exactly as they sit on your HDD.

This way you should get up to 140 tracks on a CDR depending on the bitrate you have ripped the tracks at.
 

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Windows media center

I know I`m a bit late to this post, but if you have windows media center it is very easy to make a MP3 CD from your music library. Remember to create a data CD not an audio CD.

Hope this helps.
 

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MP3 CD's

I create mine using I tunes. Rip the cd's to computer and then burn in MP3 format. Remember to highlight the "album" column in the playlist. Easy, but it took me a while to figure it out.

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Just a note on my preferred method I use for ripping and making MP3s (regardless of the Civic).

Essentially, rip the CDs to Flac format for archiving using EAC (there used to be an excellent guide somewhere but can't find it now, but EAC isn't all that complicated really). From Flac I can then convert to whatever I like and Flac being lossless I don't need to ever rip my CDs again.

Anyway, to go from Flac to MP3 I use Foobar2000 which is using Lame to do the conversion.

Benefit of this is at home I can stream my music around the house (e.g. to my Squeezebox) in lossless Flac, and for my portable MP3 player I convert to MP3, and now I can do likewise and just burn a CD with a compilation of what I want.

A couple of issues though with the Civic. Using the Satnav display for track information I'm not getting ID3 tags through even though Foobar2000 puts them in correctly.

Another issue is the classic annoyance of most MP3 players... gaps between tracks! This despite the conversion to MP3 using Lame which formats the MP3s in a manner that can be played lossless. Problem is the player has to support this and buffer enough too. I hate gaps in tracks as I play a lot of continuous albums, mixes and live albums.

I might try WMA as a solution there. The other option is to convert to one big MP3 but that rules out track information. Anyway, bonus is that as I ripped to Flac, I can just convert to WMA easy enough without having to re-rip my CDs :D

Oh and one final tip with ripping, is to use MusicBrainz to fix up your track names and ID3 tags. Freedb does an okay first attempt but a lot of the track information in the database is faulty and different people have different styles of naming tracks, especially on mixes and compilation albums. Freedb works off the CD id to get the track list, whereas MusicBrainz analyses the profile of the tracks themselves and compares against a peer reviewed database of information. In addition there's an etiquette or standard used for track naming.

Useful for anal people like me who like to archive their music and have everything correct and consistent :D

Anyway, I'll be happy to someday contribute a quick guide based on EAC->(optionally) Flac->whatever, once I've got the technique sorted out right. It's mainly the gapless and ID3 stuff that needs sorting.

P.S. I've got Nero but did discover that burning just with the built in Windows XP burning support seems to work fine with the Civic.
 
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