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Radio only displaying CD text for the first few tracks..

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Anyone know why the track names of only the first few songs on burnt CDs are displayed on the radio? I can't figure it out. For maybe the first 7 or 8 songs I get the tracknames, and the rest of them just display the track number and time.

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Lucius said:
I'm sorry, I have no idea what you are talking about here. "Audio CDs with MP3 files on them?" :confused:

I haven't been able to make my player display track names at all, so maybe if you can tell me how you've been doing that I can check.

When you burn MP3 files onto a CD in audio format, you can edit the header for the file which includes track title, artist, and album title. The CD player reads that info and displays it.

Mine is like everybody elses. The info displays automatically for a few tracks, then stops. After that, you have to press "DISP" to get the info to cycle on the display.
Lucius said:
Are you talking about the ID3 tags? I didn't even know the thing could play MP3s. Have to check that out.
It doesn't play MP3s. I said "When you burn MP3 files onto a CD in audio format", not in data format.
GTPGuy82 said:
Pressing DISP doesn't even work for me. You know what's funny, I was listening to some older CDs that I burned a while ago, and all the names showed up on the display.

Now it's getting interesting.

I've got several different brands of discs and they all do the same thing, and the DISP button works for them all.

I noticed last night that if I let it play through the later tracks, the info doesn't show, but if I page through them with the skip button, the track info shows up.

Curiouser and curiouser.
Lucius said:
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.
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