Originally Posted by Lucius
I don't mean to be an ass, but MP3 is an audio format. That's where the confusion came for me.
So I'm assuming then that you have been converting the MP3s to wavs?
I'm just trying to get clarification. So the player only displays info for "mix CDs" if you will, not a copied CD or a regular CD? It has to be a CD you created yourself, track by track?
MP3 is merely a lossy compression scheme - MPEG Audio Layer 3 - that is applied to an audio file. It functions is a fashion similar to the base MPEG (MPG videos). Hence, it is technically a data format.
You can burn MP3 files to disc in two ways - as audio
or as data
. Since we seem to be arguing semantics, I'll remove the shortcuts - the raw audio data that was ripped and compressed into an MP3 file is rewritten onto a CD as uncompressed CD audio, not as the native MP3 data file.
No, they are not being converted to wav files - the CD player can't read those any more than it can MP3 files. They are being burned back onto the CD as CD audio. The software doing the burning uncompresses the MP3 and converts the analog audio data back into the original digital form as it is written onto the CD.
As to the "mix CDs" question, that is correct as far as I
have seen. None of my original (purchased) CDs have supplied data, but that doesn't mean they don't exist - others may have newer CDs that provide song data.