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    Burn CD Music

    I have a double album that I want to move to a single CD. I've ripped both albums and the total file size is about 200 Mb for the 38 tracks. However, when I go to burn the music, windows media player says that only 19 will fit (the same 19 from the first CD). What I cannot understand is why 200Mb of data will not fit easily on a 650Mb CD?
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    Re: Burn CD Music

    When burning tracks to CD in WMP it converts them to a format that can be played in standard CD players. This format supports 74-80 minutes worth of music. The size of the files is not important.

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    200MB / 38 = 5.26MB per track on average which is pretty low - are you sure of your figures? I would expect around 5 or 6 times that size at least.
    What about total running time?

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    200 Mb was a very very rough guess but it looked about right from the info shown on the player. Total running time is 154 mins. Actually, looking at the pic, it might be a little high. Maybe I should post this pic in the puzzle lounge and ask them what album is being listed? Does this mean that the CD is limited to minutes rather than size?
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    Re: Burn CD Music

    For the CD to be played on standard CD players then it is limited by time.

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    As Leif remarked, the files are very small. Audio files on a music CD take up roughly 8 MB/minute. These files are only about 1 MB/minute. What kind of files are they? MP3? If so, they will be expanded again when you create a music CD that can be played in a standard CD player. That would explain why you can't burn all of them to one CD.

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    Oh well, it sounded too good to be true (convert your 10 CDs into 1). Guess I'll just have to use two CDs. Thanks All.
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    Re: Burn CD Music

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Bruce Springsteen</span hide>?

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    yuk - no.
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    Re: Burn CD Music

    When you ripped your music, you save it in mp3 or wma format (compressed music format). However, when you choose the option to "create music CD", your program (Windows Media Player, MusicMatch Jukebox, etc) automatically convert them to wav format, readable for conventional CD players. That's why capacity of one CD is limited to 74-80 minutes.

    But, if you are planning to play your CD on players that can read mp3 and/or wma format (your computer, for example), you can copy all your music files (and more - up to 700 MB) to one CD. But you must create "data CD", not "music CD" and burn files preserving their format.

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    Re: Burn CD Music

    Yes, it's exactly as kaplinb says- what's happened Tim, is that when you burn a CD from WMP, it converts the tracks from WMA (about 3-5 Mb per track) back to audio CD data (about 30-50Mb per track) to enable you to play the CD in a standard CD player/hi-fi. To copy the music 'as is' ie still in its 'ripped' state, just use CD-writing software (eg Nero, Roxio, or even WinXP's built in burning software) to copy the data tracks directly from the hard drive onto the CD.

    Just make sure you close the session afterwards if you want to listen to the CD on anything other than a PC..
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