A iTunes CD Without Folders / Flat MP3 CD
by Bill Holder
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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.
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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.
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