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Maximum Number of MP3 Tracks to CD?

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March 28, 2010 3:06:46 PM

I wonder what is Max number of MP3 Tracks that can fit onto CD?
March 28, 2010 6:51:32 PM

Depends on the length/file size of the tracks but a rough 10/1 versus the number of original CDs wouldn't be too far wrong.
March 29, 2010 5:34:46 PM

It ultimately depends on the file size which basically varies with the length and recorded quality of the MP3 files.

For example (I'm just making up these numbers), if you record a 5 minute song @ 128-bps (bits per second), then it's file size could be 5MB. Recoding at 256-bps will result in a 10MB MP3 file. Lastly, recording at 64-bps will give you a 2.5MB MP3 file.

Based on the above made up file sizes, a 700MB CD can hold:

a. Roughly 280 5-minute songs @ 64bps. Will sound crappy.
b. Roughly 140 5-minute songs @ 128bps. I think this is average.
c. Roughly 70 5-minute songs @ 256bps. Slightly better than average sound.

For the record, I do not like encoding my music to MP3, they just sound like crap regardless of the bit rate used. I've used OGG Vorbis in the past instead and have switched over to the FLAC format not too long ago.

September 12, 2010 3:41:54 PM

I wonder what is Max number of MP3 Tracks that can fit onto CD?

You may want to burn your mp3 files onto a DVD disk.

While a CD maxes out at 800 megs, a DVD will hold 4.7 gigs. Toss out your old CD player and get an inexpensive DVD player and connect it to your receiver with the red and white RCA jacks (ignore the yellow, thats video).

Now go burn your DVD with over 1300 mp3 files and slip it into your new CD/DVD player.

Actually at 128kbps most music rips to a file less than 3.5 megs, at that rate you can put 1342 files on your DVD music disk.

I bought a Pioneer unit for under $40 and it works fine.

At an average 3 minutes per tune you can get 67 hours of music on a DVD disc.