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    Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    I have been using Windows Media Player to organize my music files. I have developed a playlist that will probably span 4 CD's. I can't find any way to do that in Windows Media Player. I also have installed Roxio CD & DVD Creator (Platinum Edition), but I've never used it. It appears that Roxio will divide a playlist among multiple CD's, but I can't figure out how to get my Windows Media Player playlist into Roxio. I think I'm missing some basic understanding! Can anyone help?

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    Can't you save the play list (File | Save Playlist as) with WMP as a type you can edit or import with Roxio?

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    I can move all the individual tracks into Roxio, but I don't seem able to move the playlist. If I could figure a way to print a playlist in Media Player, I could select them all again in Roxio. BTW, Roxio doesn't seem to organize them by album or genre -- they're all in one long list, Hank Williams and Mendelssohn's Elijah and everything in between all in one long list! It might be interesting to play it scrambled . . . . No, bad idea.

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    In WMP try saving the the playlist with "File | Save Playlist as" naming it 'playlist.m3u'. Then in Roxio edit the MP3 playlist.

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    That worked. Thanks for the tip. But then when I tried to burn the playlist to a CD, it wouldn't burn the WMP files, but only the MP3 ones. If it's not one damn thing, it's another!

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    Which Roxio version do you have? Does it support burning WMP format? Won't Roxio convert the WMP files to MP3? Unless you have a fairly new CD player you probably don't have a device that will play WMP format.

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    Sorry, I misspoke (mistyped?). They are WMA files, not WMP. When I burn them to a CD from Windows Media Player (8 or 9, they both work), it works just fine and I can play the CD in my car (which is my goal). Roxio stops the process and says something about not having the authority to burn that kind of file. I don't have an MP3 player, so I just want to play them in normal CD audio players (like my car!).

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    Sounds like they have DRM (digital rights management) associated with them. Depending on the origin of the WMA music tracks you may not have rights to burn them onto CD. About Media Player, I don't know - but I used to convert my MP3 files into WAV format before burning them onto a CD (and sometimes still do if I need to edit them).

    I found a somewhat convoluted tutorial that may be of interest to you as it relates to this topic. See what you think.
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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    WMA is the native format for WMP. WMA files get converted when you burn an audio CD. Here's a quote from WMP HELP about creating Audio CDs.

    "Audio CD. Create music CDs similar to those you buy. The Player converts tracks into .cda files to copy them to the compact disc. Audio CDs can play in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and CD-RW discs. "

    I believe the latest verion of the Roxio software will do the same. Your error message indicates a Rights Management error. Maybe you can find out something more definite at the Roxio support site/discussion groups.

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    I thought I was buying the rights to burn it to a CD when I bought a tune on Napster or MusicNow or any other music downloading service that charges $1 per song. Was I wrong? How does one acquire digital rights?

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    You need to review the terms of service or EULA or whatever the site call it. You may or may not have the permission to burn to a CD. Even then specific songs could have a more restrictive rights policy I believe.

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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    Joe's correct. Each online music store has their own rules. BuyMusic.com, for example, has different rights for each artist/track that you download, they're not even close to consistent. This is where iTunes really shines, everything in their catalog has the same permissions. Not that that does you any good right now, of course.
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    Just as an aside, until the music companies figure out the whole rights thing, they're going to @#$!% off consumers with problems like this over and over. All the while they will complain about piracy and folks downloading things illegally...is it really any wonder, when you go through an experience like this?

    Personally, I avoid online music stores. I convert my CDs purchased in the store to electronic format and stuff the original somewhere safe. In this way, I have control over my music - that which I purchased - and the flexibility of the computer's power when it comes to managing it.
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    Sorry to get off topic here, but this is one of my more passionate issues. Piracy sucks, but sometimes, digital rights management is worse. If you can determine what "rights" you were given with your downloads, I would be interested in knowing what they are. If you are not allowed to make a personal copy or two of your own, it would be worth knowing so that the vendor could be avoided in the future!
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    Re: Roxio CD Creator (Win XP)

    I'm trying to do everything the legal way (silly me!), so I actually paid for these tunes. They're all old 50's and 60's stuff. I don't own the CD's because I only want one song from each of a bunch of albums. I'm a 62-year-old grandmother who just wants to play her own favorites on her car CD. I had no idea it would get this hard. Thanks for the help. Well, what you said didn't exactly help, but thanks for verifying that I'm not just making a stupid mistake!

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