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** How can I burn MP3s from my computer onto CD-Rs? **

MP3 music files are great when you are sitting at your computer. If you
have one of the portable MP3 players, it is also easy to carry MP3s with
you and listen to them through headphones. But if you want to play MP3
files in your car and your car has a CD player in it, or if you want to
play them on your home stereo, then what you need to do is move your MP3
files onto a CD.

To create a CD from MP3 files, you need to do three things:

1. You need to download the MP3 files you want to listen to onto your
computer. You can get MP3 files from places like mp3.com.
2. As described in How MP3 Files Work, an MP3 file is a compressed version
of a CD track. You therefore need to expand the MP3 file back into a
full-size CD track. This process is known as *decoding*, and you need to
have decoding software on your computer to do it. You can purchase a
decoding package or


Source: computer.howstuffworks.com/question434.htm


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** MP3 CD **

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A CD player capable of playing MP3 CDs

An *MP3 CD* is a Compact Disc (usually a CD-R or CD-RW) that contains
digital audio in the MP3 file format. Discs are written in the Yellow Book
standard data format (used for CD-ROMs), as opposed to the Red Book
standard audio format (used for CD-DA audio CDs).

MP3 files are supported by many modern CD players, including DVD players.
In addition, some CD players are also capable of playing other formats,
such as Ogg Vorbis and the proprietary Windows Media Audio and ATRAC.

Because of audio data compression, an MP3 CD does not have to spin all of
the time, potentially saving battery power, however, decompressing the
audio takes more processor time. The song is buffered in random-access
memory, which also provides protection against skipping.

The number of songs that a disc can hold depends on how the songs are
encoded and the length of the songs. A standard audio CD (74 minutes) can
hold about 18 songs, a 650-MB data CD (equivalent to 74-minute audio CD)
containing mid-quality (160-kb/s) audio files can hold approximately 9.5
hours of music or about 138 songs.

ID3 tags stored in MP3 files can be displayed by some players, and some
players can search for MP3 files within directories on an MP3 CD.

There is no official standard for how the MP3 files on an MP3 CD are stored
on discs. As such, the format expected by different players varies. This


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3_CD

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