Creating a CD that can be
played in a standard CD player is a completely different process, as these
players (older ones at least) cannot read ISO 9660 CD-ROMS, and instead need CDs
created to the Red Book audio standard (audio data only, no
multiple sessions, up to 99 tracks).
Most CD burning software, including Nero can
easily create audio CDs by converting the MP3 file to a standard CD track as it
is recorded to the CD. This reduces the process to a simple drag-and-drop
just like an audio CD.
There are some additional things to
be aware of, however.... for compatibility
purposes, it's best to use standard 650MB, 74-minute CD-R media.
CD-RW media is generally not compatible with standard CD players. Also for
compatibility purposes, always finalize the CD after writing to it. The higher the
quality of the MP3 files you use, the better, since they are simply being restored to track
form, so regardless of the size of the MP3 file, it will
take up the same amount of the time available on the finished audio CD
(usually 74 minutes).
arguments about whether recording the audio CD at a lower speed prevents a loss
of sound quality.
Given the fact that MP3s are
sampled down from the originals, with some loss of quality already, this seems
like a moot point. We do not pretend to be audiophiles, but if you can afford
the time, burning an audio CD at 4x or 6x speed may give you better
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