7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2008 5:29 PM by Johssm
Johssm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am wondering if there is a way to use iTunes 8 to create a MP3 DVD? I know how to burn CD's and DVD's, the problem is that iTunes 8 only allows Data DVD's to be created which puts all the folders and folder structures on the DVD. I want to be able to create a MP3 DVD with all the songs in the playlist at the top level of the DVD.

I can do this manually by dragging all my MP3's to the DVD, but this doesn't allow me to use the iTunes playlist functionality.

Thanks.

HP Pavilion, Windows XP, Laptop
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,225 points)
    When you burn select Burn, then select MP3 CD.
    Note that when you select MP3 CD, iTunes will only burn files that are already in MP3 format.

    I can do this manually by dragging all my MP3's to the DVD, but this doesn't allow me to use the iTunes playlist functionality.

    I don't understand.
    Playlists are not burned to the CD, just the songs.
  • Johssm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    In iTunes8 when you select Burn MP3 CD, and you have a DVD in, it will only let you create a Data DVD since the formats are different - iTunes8 pops up with an error message telling you that you have to create a DATA DVD and only gives you the option to CONTINUE (meaning creating a data DVD) or CANCEL.

    I can create MP3 CD's without a problem but I haven't found a way to create a mp3 DVD using using iTunes8 and there don't appear to be any options or settings I can change to allow the creation of a mp3 DVD.

    The reason I wanted a mp3 DVD instead of a mp3 CD is that my trucks DVD player can read mp3 DVD's and I can fit about 500 songs on a single DVD and not have to worry about swaping out CD's.

    Thanks.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,225 points)
    Have you tried it?
    I did and it works fine.
    I created a playlist with only MP3 files, selected MP3 CD. It asked if I wanted to create a data DVD instead, I clicked Yes.
    It works in the computer and shows up in iTUnes.
    I popped it in my regular DVD player which plays MP3s and it works fine.

    In iTunes8 when you select Burn MP3 CD, and you have a DVD in, it will only let you create a Data DVD since the formats are different

    The formats aren't different.

    In iTunes, the only difference when selecting an MP3 format disc is that it will only burn files that are already in MP3 format. This is to make it simple so you do not burn non-mp3 files to a disc. As to why iTunes does not show MP3 DVD, my guess is 99% of the people only want a CD so it's not there to confuse anyone.

    If you create a playlist with only mp3 files in it and burn it as a data DVD, it will burn only mp3 files and it works fine as long as your DVD player will read MP3 files.
  • Johssm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah, I tried it when it first happened. What happens is that the folder structure also gets written to the DVD which isn't a big deal normally. The limitation I have on my truck's DVD player is that it will only read 512 "files". When you write the DVD using iTunes 8 and the DATA DVD function it creates a folder for the artist, and a folder for the album, then the MP3 file.

    My truck DVD see's these folders as "files" (for some reason) so essentially for every MP3 I write, I get two to three folders written also, and since my DVD player only will recognize the first 512 items, I end up getting about 150 - 200 MP3's recognized by the DVD player before it reaches that 512 limit and starts back over at zero.

    To try and get around this, I have tried to write MP3's to the DVD by file name but the other problem I run into is that my DVD writer software does me the "favor" or writing these files in name, size, extension, or date last modified order. Unfortunately I haven't found a way to write these songs in the "playlist" order using anything other than iTunes or MusicMatch.

    I'll keep on trying a few different ideas. Thank you for all your help.
  • Johssm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Problem Solved! I used MusicMatch 10 and added the folders I wanted to burn to DVD to its library. It let me burn a straight MP3 DVD without any of the folder structures that iTunes 8 insists on creating. MusicMatch 10 also gives you a lot more options for creating CD's and DVD's which proved very useful.

    Thanks again.
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    Have you tried sorting your playlist by SONG before burning? If you sort by Artist, you get Artist folders followed by Album folders inside those. If you sort by Album, you get album folders. However if you sort by Song then it won't burn out folders, but you will have songs in alphabetical order...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2455

    Cheers,
    Patrick
  • Johssm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Patrick,

    What I really want are the songs sorted in Artist order. When I consolidated my library in iTunes it removed the Artist Name from the actual file name. I am able to sort the songs by artist in the playlist but for some reason when it writes to a DVD, it puts them in the filename order (which doesn't include the artist name anymore).

    To get around all of this what I did was:

    1. Created a playlist in iTunes 8
    2. Created a new folder in explorer.
    3. Dragged the files from the playlist to the folder. (this only copied the files not the folders.

    4. Used a program called Fix Tunes (awesome program by the way) and had this program rename all the files by putting the Artist Name back into the file name. For example the file name was "last name.mp3" Using fix Tunes, the new file name is "Carrie Underwood - Last Name.mp3"

    5. I can now create a Data DVD whereby the songs are sorted by artist order because the file names contain the artist name.

    A fairly cumbersome work-around but it works.