10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2006 12:59 PM by Michael Allbritton
freefall Level 1 (0 points)
When I try to burn an mp3 or data cd/dvd none of the track info is being transmitted to the burned disc... Any ideas as to why this is happening and how I can fix this? I'm pretty sure I've burned backup cd's in the past that included this info, might it be an issue with a recent update?

ibook g4, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)
    For "lossy" audio files such as MP3 and AAC the ID3 tag data is stored in the file, so when you burn the file to a data disc it is retained. Audio discs, on the other hand, do not retain track data because iTunes does not support burning CD-TEXT.

    What data, specifically, do you see is missing? How are you determining it is missing?
  • freefall Level 1 (0 points)
    when I open the burned disc on another computer the file name for a particular song will be the number of the song in the burned playlist and the song name only
    (ie "221 Police Truck") Doesn't list the band, album...
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)
    I see.

    The information you are looking for is contained inside the file itself, and is not part of the name of the file. iTunes does not name files with the track, album, and artist. It only names files with the name of the song. This is normal. The ID3 information is not missing. When you add these files to an iTunes Library then all the information will still be there.
  • freefall Level 1 (0 points)
    Cool. After reading your replies I did a little reading and then put the burned disc into a PC and poked around some more. I 'found' the info lurking in there, thanks. Is there a way to change the way itunes names files? What if I use roxio Toast or some other program?
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)
    No, there is no way to change how iTunes names a file when it is imported from a CD. By default iTunes names the file with just the track name. You can have iTunes put the track number at the front of the file name, but that is the only control you have over the file names.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you want all that other stuff in the name of the file? What are you wanting to accomplish?
  • freefall Level 1 (0 points)
    I see. I've got my entire music collection in mp3 format on my laptop (much lighter than a box full of cd's) and I was trying to move some of it over to my desktop (without re-loading each individual disc) which is a PC unfortunately, and does not have itunes.
    Music Match will show the band/album... when a particular track is playing (or when you go into properties) but I'm not sure how to get the program to rename everything from the itunes convention so that it can be organized properly. I Guess this is probably not the right forum to address that question, thanks for all the help though.
    Any idea where I might be able to read more about the details of how these files work?
  • musicmaker Level 3 (590 points)
    I too would like to know if Toast will burn the information. I just got a new car and the stereo will display all the information. But iTunes burns nothing.

    Does anyone know if Toast is the answer?

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  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)
    Yeah, this really isn't the appropriate forum to get help with MusicMatch. But if your ID3 tags are correct then I'm assuming MM will display that data correctly. Organizing the files is a different matter, though.

    Are you able to install iTunes on the PC, or does it not meet the minimum requirements? If you are able to install iTunes that would provide you with a familiar interface.

    Also MP3 files are platform independent. As long as you have the ID3 tag data entered they way you want it to be entered then any digital music player software should correctly display the track, artist, album, etc information.
  • freefall Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks again. How do I go about changing the ID3 info on my apple anyway?
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)
    In iTunes, highlight the track or tracks you want to edit and choose File > Get Info.