4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2006 9:52 AM by 74Vega
Redbird Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I know similar questions to this have been asked, but I have not found a solution that works for me yet. I am burning a CD-R with iTunes, but it will not play in my car player. I have tried burning at different speeds. I have tried 3 different media types (Verbatim, Memorex, generic). None of them worked. I checked my iTunes settings to make sure I am burning an audio CD, and not an MP3 or data CD. I've probably burned 15 CDs to no avail.

I am burning them on a Sony drive. The CDs play fine in my computer. Just not in my car.

My car player is an older player (1996 factory Delco), but it has no problems playing normal CDs. I get an "E20" error message if that makes any difference.

Is it just a matter of trying more media types? Anybody have a media type that they got to work in an older Delco CD player? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Dell Inspiron 9300, Windows XP Pro
  • 1. Re: Burned CD won't play in car player
    samdogmom Level 4 Level 4 (1,705 points)
    Can any home-burnt CD (not one created in iTunes) work in your car? Older CD players may not have the ability to read CD-Rs. If I recall, computer CD burning was either very new or not yet available in 1996--certainly it was not widely available. Heck, I have a 3 year old DVD player that can't read computer burnt DVDs. You have to read the specs. closely when you buy this kind of electronic equipment. Make sure the CD player can even read CD-Rs before you go to more extreme troubleshooting efforts.
  • 2. Re: Burned CD won't play in car player
    Maija Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Can any home-burnt CD (not one created in iTunes)
    work in your car? Older CD players may not have the
    ability to read CD-Rs. If I recall, computer CD
    burning was either very new or not yet available in
    1996--certainly it was not widely available. Heck, I
    have a 3 year old DVD player that can't read computer
    burnt DVDs. You have to read the specs. closely when
    you buy this kind of electronic equipment. Make sure
    the CD player can even read CD-Rs before you go to
    more extreme troubleshooting efforts.


    I have a 2006 highlander hybrid that refuses to recognize any of my burned cds, so it it not the age of the machine -My laptop also does not recognize my itunes burned cds I always get an error- windows media player does not support the file...I am totally at a loss...
  • 3. Re: Burned CD won't play in car player
    Redbird Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I solved my problem. I can't guarantee this will work for anybody else having this same issue, but it worked for me. Since my player is 10 years old, I thought maybe the problem was the newer size of CD-Rs. So I bought some of the older, smaller size CD-Rs (650 MB versus the newer 700 MB). Now I can't be sure that was the total reason it worked, but it now works with these new CD-Rs. They are also Verbatim brand, which I also tried unsuccesfully with the 700 MB size. These Verbatims are not only 650 MB, but also a light blue tint on the bottom, which may also have made a difference. I don't know. I couldn't find any of these older, smaller CD-Rs at any local store. I found them on Amazon and ordered them there. These are the ones I ordered if you are interested.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006OX3P/102-3663220-6179311?%5Fencoding=UTF8 &v=glance&n=172282

    Again, I can't guarantee these will work for you. There are probably many reasons why iTunes burned CDs won't work in some players.

    Dell Inspiron 9300 Windows XP Pro Sony DVD+RW
  • 4. Re: Burned CD won't play in car player
    74Vega Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same problem as everyone else. Burned iTune CDs played fine in the computer, not in car, not in my CD player attached to my stereo amp. Try this:

    1. Buy blank CDs that are labeled as "CD-Rmusic." I was initially using Memorex CD-RW 4x 700mb 80min. My very smart wife suggested trying Read-Only CDs. I went to Office Depot and bought Maxell CD-Rmusic up-to-32x 700mb 80min. This fixed the car players. (2001 Nissan Pathfinder and 2004 GMC Denali)

    2. Play around with the "preferred speed" on the Burn tab within iTunes. The first CD I burned at 4x using the CD-Rmusic discs worked in the cars but not in my 8 year-old Sony CDP-470 player. I burned a second CD-Rmusic disc at 24x and that works everywhere.

    Good Luck


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