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Drag and drop MP3 burning with iTunes Apps
iTunes supports MP3 burning via a setting in the Preferences area of the program. However, if you burn both MP3 and audio CD discs regularly, it can be a bit of a pain to have to remember to switch the setting prior to each burn. Here's a workaround that (may) let you leave the setting alone and yet still burn both formats.

It turns out you can simply insert a blank CD-R in the Finder (and format it), create a new playlist in iTunes with the MP3s you wish to burn, and then select all within the new playlist and drag those items to the CD-R. Finally, click the "Burn" button in the Finder to create your MP3 CD-R.

One thing this tip does not do is order the MP3s on the target disc--they'll just show up (and play) in alphabetical order. The Number Tracks of Playlist AppleScript will solve that problem by prefixing a "01.", "02.", etc. before each playlist entry. Run the script prior to dragging the items to the CD-R.

By using drag and drop in this manner, you can leave your default preference to burn in audio CD format, and just drag and drop when you want to create an MP3 CD.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this myself, but it makes sense given that the native file format for iTunes is MP3; I'm just surprised that you wind up with the source files on the CD and not just a text listing of the playlist!.]
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