11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2011 10:34 PM by wzhao6898
Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I would like to burn MP3 CDs to listen in my car. The songs that I like to listen are mostly in the playlists in my iTunes library, in which all my songs are in AIFF format. I can certainly convert the format of the songs to MP3, then how do I organize those converted MP3 songs with artist-alburm-title and, when reached around 700MB, burn into a CD? After conversion in iTunes, the MP3 songs are scattered in various folders, and manually find all of them is very inconvenient.

Alternatively, is there a way to export all the songs in a playlist to another place in my hard disk (out of iTunes folder), while preserve the ID3 tag in each song? Then I can use MAX to convert them to MP3.

Thanks much for your time.

Mac Pro 2.93 Quad-Core, 12GB RAM, 7TB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    EcoFreak-O Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    you could sort your playlist like this

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  • 2. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    After conversion to MP3, those MP3 songs won't be in my original playlist. I can of course find them in the library via "sort by kind" (provided that I don't have other MP3 songs in my library), but how do I organize them so that at certain point (total file size reach 700MB) I can burn onto a CD?
  • 4. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I know how to burn a playlist onto a CD. That's not what I am looking for. Thanks for your answer anyway.
  • 5. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I have found the solution: a small software iTunesExport by Eric Daugherty does the job.
  • 6. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)
    Wanderzhuanyou wrote:
    After conversion to MP3, those MP3 songs won't be in my original playlist. I can of course find them in the library via "sort by kind" (provided that I don't have other MP3 songs in my library)


    Right after you convert a bunch of songs to MP3, sort your library by *Date Added,* and all the MP3s will all be there together, no matter how many others you already had!

    but how do I organize them so that at certain point (total file size reach 700MB) I can burn onto a CD?


    Just put the MP3s that you want into their own playlist, and track the size by reading the line at the bottom.
  • 7. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Good idea! However what I would like to achieve is to organize the MP3 songs in an artist-alburm-title folder structure so that when I listen in my car, I can easily navigate through the hundreds of songs on the 700MB CD. The little software iTunesExport does a nice job to extract songs from my iTunes playlist and export to another place in my hard drive and "retain iTunes structure", i.e. preserve the artist-alburm-title folder structure of those songs. Then I use Max to convert those songs (still in AIFF format) to MP3. Max also preserve the folder structure. It's a two step solution. I wish I could find a way to do this in one step - export songs in my iTunes playlist as MP3 to another place in my hard drive (or CD directly) while preserving the artist-alburm-title folder structure.
  • 8. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)
    Wanderzhuanyou wrote:
    Good idea! However what I would like to achieve is to organize the MP3 songs in an artist-alburm-title folder structure so that when I listen in my car, I can easily navigate through the hundreds of songs on the 700MB CD.


    iTunes can add folders to the MP3 CD in that fashion, depending on how the list is sorted. See the support article iTunes: How to set the play order of songs on an MP3 CD. I'm not sure how this compares with iTunesExport but take a look and see if it helps.
  • 9. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    Wanderzhuanyou Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Wonderful! It works! It eliminates the need for iTunesExport. I didn't know that by sorting the playlist in a different way in iTunes, folders will be automatically added to the burned CD.

    The only drawback is that iTunes put "Compilations" as the artist in the burned CD when a song in iTunes library is in the "Compilations' folder. I can change that by uncheck the "part of a compilation" box through the "get info" tab, but how do I know I need to do that before I actually burn the CD? Is there a way to "preview" the file structure before I actually burn the CD?

    Many thanks in any case. You saved me a lot of time burning CDs for my listening pleasure on the road.
  • 10. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)
    Wanderzhuanyou wrote:
    I can change that by uncheck the "part of a compilation" box through the "get info" tab, but how do I know I need to do that before I actually burn the CD? Is there a way to "preview" the file structure before I actually burn the CD?


    Without looking individually, I am not aware of a way to know which ones are in a Compilations folder.

    Many thanks in any case. You saved me a lot of time burning CDs for my listening pleasure on the road.


    Glad it helped. Enjoy the music!
  • 11. Re: Export songs in an iTunes playlist
    wzhao6898 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it's amazing that a simple task like this would involve so many steps and workarounds. Why not just export to folder option?!