Why won't my re-write CD-Rom's play in other devices?

Question

When I burn a music CD from downloaded music files they will not play on other CD players although the program says the CDs will play on car CD players and others, can you tell me what I need to do?

Thank you very much. HS

Answer

This question was answered on March 27, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I looked up some info on your favorite pastime to try and find some answers The following are some excerpts from an article at Microsoft.com regarding burning cd's...

"As a storage format, the CD has some technical tradeoffs For example, you must save a full disk or full track's worth of data at once (typically 600K minimum) But the dominance of the CD as a music medium has made CD burners widespread and affordable There is no question that CD burners today have a commanding lead over other formats in the contest to replace the floppy disk drive Zip drives hold less; DVD-RAM is more costly and too new And that makes the CD a convenient choice for storing your personal and work-related projects or data."

"Most CD drives sold today are CD Rewritable (CD-RW) drives that can also burn CD-Recordable (CD-R) disks Older drives may not burn both disks The rewritable disks can be erased and used again, but they may not play in other devices CD-R disks can be written only once, but they will play in most CD players and CD-ROM drives."

It sounds to me like the last paragraph here may have your answer What kind of disks are you using? Are they re-writable? If so then you have your answer.

Thank you for your question..

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Posted by Michael of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 27, 2001