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August 10, 2005

An Open Book

Okay, so a couple of days ago I mentioned that I was ripping to mp3s all of my music discs and saving them on my hard drive. The purpose of doing that was so that I could make a random compilation of them to burn to a CD for me to listen to in the car (my car stereo will play mp3s). There's lots of reasons behind doing this:

1: I'm not carrying a CD book around in my car which could be stolen.
2: I can fit a lot more mp3s on a disc (the one I've made so far has 160) than are on a normal CD.
3: I can mix up all kinds of music that I like, rather than having to stick with just one album.
4: I can burn CDs with randomly chosen mp3s from my collection, thus getting me to listen to stuff that I tend to pass over. My Bruce Dickenson stuff, later Iron Maiden discs, certain Rush discs, nearly anything new, and other goodies fall into that category.

So to this end, I also wrote a Perl script to randomly pick an mp3 from my collection, check whether there's still room for it on the CD which is being created, then (if there is) place it into a folder to be burned later; if there isn't any room left for the chosen mp3, it'll randomly choose another and see if it fits - then it'll keep this up until it's run out of mp3s to choose from. In this way, I fill that disc up as full as it can get with random mp3s.

The first disc I've burned has 160 mp3s on it and is about 699MB - which are stored on a 700MB disc (that's pretty filled up, eh?), and in the last two days I've been giving it a listen. It's DEFINITELY got me listening to stuff that I'd rarely choose to play.

One thing it has me playing was something I mentioned a couple of days ago: Madonna. I'm listening to the song, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll)" by AC/DC, and I've got that song cranked UP, 'cause it's a killer tune. I'm cruising down the road with my windows down and it's blaring. About 10 seconds before I get to a red stop light, the song ends and a Madonna song begins. It's the one that goes something like, "...open your heart...I'll make you love me...." I didn't get 'round to lowering the volume right away.

After I stop at the stoplight, I look to my left and see a city-boy type redneck sitting in the passenger seat next to me looking at me like I'm nuts. I wondered if he could hear the song playing over the street noise, the sound of the car that he was in, and whatever music might be playing in the car he was in. (Of course he could - it was stupid to even question it.) I look to my right and there's a couple of girls sitting on the grass on the corner waiting at the bus stop. They're probably in their early thirties.

I decide to lower the volume. I then hear one of the girls yelling something at me, but I can't make out what she's saying. I turn the stereo off.

"What?" I yell out my window.

"She was singing," one of the girls says while pointing at her friend, "and you shut the music off!"

D'oh! That's when I realized that, yes, the girls could hear the stereo, the guy next to me could hear it, and maybe everyone for a mile could - I don't know.

I yell back, "Yeah, I shut it off so that no one would know that I was listening to that!" and laughed. They laughed too. How odd it must've looked for a guy to be cranking an old Madonna tune.

Posted by Jeff at August 10, 2005 10:50 PM


Thats a great idea on the program you created to choose which songs to burn in order to use as much space available. I hate it when I burn mp3 discs and theres some amount of room left but not enough for a whole song. You should try getting a dvd receiver you can burn WAY more songs on a dvd than on a regular cd.

Posted by: Eagle at August 11, 2005 09:36 PM

Nah, that'd be swapping old technology for slightly newer, yet still old technology.

mp3 players are the way to go.

Posted by: Jeff at August 12, 2005 05:28 AM

Sorry for this

Posted by: felicia at July 5, 2006 07:17 PM

I am trying to burn MP3 cd's , but I canot choose order on the MP3 disk (when using Roxio, Nero etc).

They make the song order alphabetical.

I read your site and was wondering what burner program you use and how you make it random as an MP3 disk (as that is a great idea).


Posted by: Dallas at October 1, 2006 01:50 PM

Hi my car stereo says it will play mp3s an wma's but every program I use my stereo tells me its a cdrom disc . what am I doin wrong? Ive used sonic,wmp10,an real.

Posted by: Earl at February 18, 2007 09:34 PM

I'd like to know how can I burn the 700mb with mp3s. When I try my programs say that it exceeds the 80 min available in the cd! I have windows media player and also NTI gold.
Can anyone help? Thanks.

Posted by: Cris at March 13, 2007 06:39 PM

hey i have been triing and triing to make more songs fit on a normal data/music cd with 700mb or 80mins. i was wondering what program will let me put like 100 or more songs on a normal cd Thank You Very Much and could you please get back to me on i_love_ya_mum007@hotmail.com and thank you again


Posted by: Horney at November 6, 2007 03:25 AM

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