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What plays on all CD players/decks?

I record on a CD-R the worship service at my church. I then rip certain tracks, isolate only the sermon, and burn it to a CD-R (mp3) using Windows Media Player. I recently realized I can play them back on my laptop but the recipients may not be able to hear it on a CD player or car stereo (including mine = 2002 Acura MDX Bose). What do I need to do to be sure 100% of recipients will be able to hear it?
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  1. WMP 12 leaves much to be desired imo.
    I don't use it and haven't used WMP since 98/early XP days.
    My guess is you're missing audio codecs.
    What always worked for me when i used WMP.
  2. I don't have to use WMP... it's just the default program. What do you suggest that would work better?
  3. Maybe I should have added that this is not a video recording, simply a CD to give to those who can't come to church, etc.
  4. CD-R seems to be the most compatible.

    Best bet is to use something like infrarecorder, or NERO. InfraRecorder is a free program and it makes great audio cds. Be sure when you burn the CD you select audio disc and set it to "fixate the disc" or close the cd. This will end it so it can not be added to later but makes it much more compatible with all cd players. Ideal for cars and house players.

    I have always found media player to be a challange. It never seems to do what i want it to do.
  5. Would I use infrarecorder to rip the tracks as well?
  6. I don't think it does rip. Infra is a free all purpose burning software. Normally i just use it for making cds from random internet downloads.
  7. I'm finally getting around to trying this. I ripped it using a different program (Real), as a WAV file (does that matter?) and "trimmed" it - not sure what I would do if I need to add multiple clips together instead of a very limiting trim). Then I edited using Audacity. Now when I export it, do I still want it to be a an mp3 file or not? The end result is that I want it to play in all types of players (most notably, portable or car stereos).
  8. Don't use Real and don't rip to wav either.

    Use Audiograbber to get the music into MP3 files. If u use WAV, the file size will be huge, 10x bigger and the quality almost the same. Its faster and the quality is great!

    Set MP3 to adjustable/variable bitrate @ 192KB or so.

    Audiograbber is a beautiful piece of software that grabs digital audio from cd's. Audiograbber can automatically normalize the music, delete silence from the start and/or end of tracks, and encode them to a variety of formats including MP3. Audiograbber can download and upload disc info from freedb, an Internet compact disc database. You can even record your vinyl LP's or cassette tapes with Audiograbber and make wav's or MP3's of them. There are a lot more functions in Audiograbber, but to put it simply: Audiograbber has the most features one can wish from such a program!
  9. To burn CD or DVD use ImgBurn.

    ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

    It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

    Read - Read a disc to an image file

    Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc

    Write - Write an image file to a disc

    Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct

    Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing
  10. So let me get this straight. I should install 3 new programs: Audiograbber to rip, mp3 plugin to create mp3s, and Image Burn to create the CDs?

    I can see ho wto "grab" tracks from a CD using Audiograbber but I keep getting WAVs. Not really too intuitive, this program. Ideas? I also see no place to set the "adjustable/variable bitrate @ 192KB or so."
  11. Place the files on the PC as MP3 files. Open WMP, select the files you want to burn to CD. Use the built-in burn to CD option, it will burn the disks as audio files. What you don't want is to put the MP3 files on the disk as they are, if the CD player is not MP3 compatible, it won't play it. Should not need any additional software at all.
  12. So then it comes down to the player itself, not the audio files? And if the player isn't up to snuff, there is not way to create a CD that can be heard on an older player or one that does not have mp3 capability?
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    robinsan said:
    So then it comes down to the player itself, not the audio files? And if the player isn't up to snuff, there is not way to create a CD that can be heard on an older player or one that does not have mp3 capability?

    As I said in my post WMP can create a regular audio CD with no issues, just need to do it the right way instead of burning the MP3 files onto the disk. Just need to make sure that the CD player can read CD-R disks. I'd use those instead of RW for much better compatibility. Almost all CD players can read those disks though.
  14. Best answer selected by robinsan.
  15. It seems that ripping with WMP, editing elsewhere, and then burning again with WMP does indeed work in at least some of the players where it did not work before. Seems so simple now. Thanks, hang-the-9!
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