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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes Apps
This has been a frustrating experience for me, but I'd like to share my solution. It has cost me quite a few CD-Rs to figure this out. I bought a (rather cheap) MP3-CD car audio system. For my first MP3 CD, I created a playlist in iTunes and drag and dropped 700Mb worth of tunes into it. Burn and play, no problem. But subsequent MP3 iTunes-burned CDs wouldn't play in my car.

The difference: the first few were 'flat;' all 160 songs were on the first level of the CD. All the CDs after those first used folders to divide artists, and in those folders used new folders to divide albums, etc. My car audio MP3 player got confused. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to burn 'flat' MP3 CDs in iTunes. I used Toast to burn selected iTunes songs, but they all ended up in alphabetical order, so that was no use.

The solution: create a (smart) playlist in iTunes, fill it up and sort on artist or album. Create a new playlist in iTunes, DO NOT sort on anything. Select all songs from the first playlist and drag them to the second. The second list retains the sort order of the first one, without any activated sort order in the playlist itself. Burn MP3 CD. Result: a 'flat' CD.

It seems that as soon as you sort a playlist on anything in iTunes, any MP3 CD burned from that list result in neatly organized MP3 CDs that are unfortunately unreadable by my car MP3 player. Only fresh, unsorted playlists result in all files on the first level of the CD.

[robg adds: This hint is sort of the opposite to this older hint, which explained how to use playlists to create the subfolder hierarchies.]
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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: dscottf on Apr 01, '04 02:16:06PM

you could just drag the songs into a dumb playlist in the order (album for example) then click on the 1st colume to sort by 'order'. That makes a flat CD



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 01, '04 04:42:08PM

Why burn all those CDs? I just take my iPod with me, and plug it into the car system.



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: imageworx on Apr 02, '04 09:42:29AM

Are there aftermarket iPod docks?
I've been considering getting an ipod (I have the Pioneer MP3/CD head unit) as my head unit's CD slot is scratching my discs (the tuner and 6 disc changer are fine). I have a set of RCA inputs and wondered if there is a good source for iPod car accessories?

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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: chabig on Apr 02, '04 10:32:30AM

All you need is a mini plug to RCA cable, then.



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: Frogman on Apr 03, '04 05:14:53AM

I bought an iTrip for my iPod, Best Secision Ever. Period. You get a wireless connection to your car stereo that sounds anazing. I couldent tell the difference between it and a cd.



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: jasenko on Apr 01, '04 07:30:26PM

I thought, burning a data CD instead of MP3 CD within iTunes gives you flat structure. Maybe I am wrong, but that's what I remember happened last time I tried it.



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: KRC on Apr 01, '04 11:24:45PM

As long you sort the playlist by playlist entry number (as opposed to album track number) then iTunes should burn all your MP3s on the root folder. If you sort by Albums then you get folders named after that album. If you sort by Artist, you get folders named after that artist.

Hope that makes sense.



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: PeterDie on Apr 02, '04 09:39:53PM

If you sort the way you suggest, you don't get any sort order at all. That was what bugged me from my first CD's, no album or artist order. It was when I tried to correct this, that iTunes started burning songs in folders, rendering my CD worthless for my car MP3 player. Only the drag and drop of a sorted playlist in a new, unsorted one retains this sort order while burning all the songs at rootlevel

Always nice to hear a few songs from the same artist in a row ;-)



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: mschiavio on Apr 02, '04 06:31:08PM

I had the same problem, and this is what i did...i still used classic at the time, but it should still work...
You have to take the files and put them in separate folders according to albums. You cant use names as you already know, so you have to name both folders and songs them as numbers (01, 02, 03...the 0 is important...).
Then simply burn it on a CD...i used disc burner, but toast should also do. It is important NOT to put the whole thing into another folder before burning.
On my car stereo (Pioneer) i put the CD in, browse the albums with a set of controls and the songs in the selected album with another. It does not read the name of the files anyway, so i dont care about not naming the songs :)
Hope it helps.

Teo

P.S. I dont use it my car but still...GET AN iPOD!!!...really...

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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: mschiavio on Apr 02, '04 06:35:20PM

Err...me again...
My answer above might seem rather stupid as you were asking how to burn FLAT CDs...I should add that my stereo did NOT read CDs organized with iTunes, but it was ok with CDs put toghther in the Finder...go figure...

Teo

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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: sfn on Apr 04, '04 08:49:22AM

Nope, it is easier than that....

Create a new playlist, sort by Artist, if you want, then control+click on the song list pane, choose 'Copy to play order' and sort by the play order column.

-s

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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: MacMuse26 on Apr 06, '04 12:54:37AM
Apple has an old article that covers all the MP3 CD variations available in iTunes. The article references iTunes 2, but is still valid for iTunes 4.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60931

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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: jochen K├╝pper on Oct 05, '07 12:28:31PM

I have a different problem with the MP3 player in my car stereo: apparently it cannot play any MP3s that are encoded with a bitrate >256 kB or with variable bitrate. Since most of my MP3s in iTunes are exactly encoded in such a format (VBR 320), I have to recode them for the car...

Is there any smart way to automate that task, prefereably with Mac standard tools or freeware?

Thanks,
Jochen



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How to burn a 'flat' MP3 CD with iTunes
Authored by: Candido on Jan 30, '08 12:59:27AM
To create a flat CD (a cd with no folders) of any playlist, make a Smart Playlist that targets the playlist you want to burn.

First let me say that these instructions are a "how to" on a PC but they should still work for MAC.

My MAC doesn't have iTunes on it, it's too old. Wish I could afford a new one but that's a different subject.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put a blank CDR in your CD Burner 2. Click Edit > Preferences > Advanced 3. Select Mp3 CD
4. Click OK
5. Click File > New Smart Playlist
6. In first column select "Playlist"
7. In second column select "is"
8. In third column select the playlist you want to burn i.e. Rock
9. Click OK
10. Name the playlist you just created, Car Rock (Car signifies the location of the cd player that's going to play the CD. You could name it Sony Rock, Denon Rock etc ...for obvious reasons
11. Click the Burn icon on lower right of window pane

Voila! An mp3 CD without folders!

After the CD has burned, check it by viewing the CD's files on your computer. (PC people open My Computer > Right click the CD > select Explore) It may have one additional named ContentsDB. Don't worry about it.

If your CD looks as I've described but still doesn't work. You simply need to

FIRST Click Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Importing > under Import Using: select Mp3 Encoder. Click OK

SECOND Select the songs of the target playlist you want to burn, (you will need to hold down Control for multiple songs.)

THIRD In main window Click Advanced > Convert selection to mp3.

You've created duplicates. Just delete the originals by right clicking them in the main window.

Start over at #1, #2, ect...

Good luck!

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