Exporting mp3 files to burn onto a cd

I have done this before but it has been awhile.
Yesterday I recorded my vinyl records, 45s, and went to export them.
It appeared the first time that only ONE song went bc that’s all it showed in the box for “tracks”.
I burned the cd from my media player program on a diff computer and only ONE song went on bc I tested it in my car.
So I redid it and said how many tracks i had.
I burned it again with a new cd, and only ONE song again!
I did save the project in my audacity program, luckily…
What is going on???
Also, I will add …when i have the files on my laptop that I saved, ALL the songs are there!
I can play it from my laptop but that doesn’t work to play in my car and ESP not work to make cds for my friends–what I was trying to do!

That’s not related to Audacity.

There are 2 kinds of CDs… Audio CDs which don’t have “computer files” and “data CDs” which have computer files (like MP3 or WAV, etc.)

Some car stereos (and of course all computers) can play MP3s, but not all.

You should configure your CD burning application to make an “audio CD”. (You don’t want actual MP3 files burned to the disc.)

Normally, the burning application can convert MP3s to the audio CD format, but MP3 is lossy compression and audio CDs are lossless so you should avoid the lossy compression step. Although audio CDs are not WAV files they use the same underlying format as 16-bit, 44.1kHz, stereo, WAV.

Maybe try a different burning application, or try to find some online guides/help for whatever you are using.

I use ImgBurn and a Cue Sheet. Not the easiest way to do it, but with a cue sheet, you can control the “layout”. I copy a known-good cue sheet and edit it with Windows Notepad. It’s just a text file with .CUE file extension.

I looked back and how i ALWAYS burn cds and my files are ALL MP3s.
I do think it is an audacity thing bc of the way i originally saved it.
Besides, like i said, when it’s on my laptop it shows all 48 min or 53 min or whatever I have made from my vinyls.
I have done this countless times with windows media player–what I use to burn cds for audio and they are all MP3s that I have bought off amazon. I know of nothing else i have ever used. Because like i said, I just checked my files on windows media player. The place i rip, burn and etc. cds.

I appreciate your help but it’s an odd thing I have never run across.
I also tried to take the files from my laptop and put it on a cd through an external drive…it goes for awhile but then stops…that seems to be a different issue.
I will try an older laptop that has an internal cd slot and see if that works.
Thanks again and i will consider your thoughts but like i said before, this is an "odd’ thing to only do 1 song of about 15…and do so twice.

What does Windows show on the CD? Are you configured to show file extensions? If you’re seeing “MP3” you don’t have an audio CD. Audio CDs usually show “CDA” (CD audio) but that’s an abstraction… There are no actual CDA files on the disc and you can’t copy and paste them to your hard drive. They have to be “ripped”.

The file size is also a clue. Uncompressed CD audio is about 10MB per minute and MP3s are typically 2MB per minute depending on the amount of compression (bitrate). The data on the audio CD will be decompressed and “expanded” to 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo.

Yes, most burning applications can decompress MP3 to make an audio CD. But MP3 is lossy compression. Data is thrown away to make a smaller file and you should avoid it unless you need or want the smaller-compressed files.

MP3 is NOT “terrible”… It’s better than vinyl (as long as you avoid low bitrates). But it’s an extra step to compress and decompress and it can make the audio worse. And with repeated compression (such as opening an MP3 for editing, and then exporting again as MP3) some “damage” accumulates with every generation of compression.

In that case, you can’t avoid MP3. :wink: But you said it was a 45’s this time.

Computers aren’t as picky as audio CD players… Any computer can play just-about any audio file. Most DVD players can also play MP3, WAVs, and other “computer audio files”.

This might not be the problem… It’s one possibility, and maybe your car stereo can play MP3s.

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