How to keep track order when making MP3 CD?

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  1. Ged

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    I hope this makes sense.

    I have a Creative Vision M and use their software to put songs onto it and also the computer, though the track order seems to be wrong (at least some of the time). This is more annoying on albums you know should flow, like Wish You Were Here.

    Recently, I have bought an alarm clock that will play MP3 CD's, so I tried to burn a disc, same problem.

    The Creative software I used put them in one folder, no problem, but alphabetically, no way of moving them.

    I tried Nero and put the Albums in as folders, opened the folder and not in track order but alphabetically again....Arghh!

    So, is there a way of simply putting them onto a disc, in track order?

    Do I need a certain program?

    Any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. OneEyedStuart

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    Rename the tracks...

    "01 - " + existing track 1 title
    "02 - " + existing track 2 title
    "03 - " + existing track 3 title

    etc...

    Make sense ?

    Keith
     
  3. Ged

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    Thanks Keith, I will have a look at that tommorow. I am sure though that the tracks are listed alphabetically, regardless of track. Do you mean adding this as a prefix to disable the A-Z?
    what I am getting at is, say you select an album and transfer it to the "to be burnt folder", all tracks are shuffled into an A-Z list. In the creative software, all tracks were mixed up but were A_Z regardless of artist.
     
  4. Uridium

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    Quite a few MP3 players will ignore the "Track number" tag and just use the file name, resorting it into alphabetical order :(

    As Bokononist suggested add a 01 - prefix in front of the "Track name" tag

    e.g.
    old track 1
    existing filename.mp3

    to

    new track 1
    01 - existing trackname.mp3
     
  5. Autopilot

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    Yes, and also make sure there is a leading zero or too, i.e 001, 002, 003...

    Some badly design software will think 10 comes before 2!
     
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    You are unlikely to have more than 99 tracks on a cd (is that even possible) so you can stick with 01,02,03, etc.
     
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    Indeed you can - the 99 track rule applies for red book CDs. My Sony MP3-CD walkman allows for up to 512 MP3 tracks, and my Philips home deck allows up to 999 to be played. They're just data files after all, though obviously the more tracks the worse the quality. At 320k I usually only get a measly 50 or so.
     

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