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What format to use when recording music to a CD?

What format to use when recording music to a CD?

I have a bunch of mp3 files I'd like to record to a CD. However, I'm not sure if the CD player can read MP3. What format should the music be in to ensure that it will be read correctly? And does it even matter or do CDs use an "internal" format?

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Guest [Entry]

"The music should be in WAV format to be readable from most CD players.
MP3 CD Maker is an easy program with which you can put your MP3's as WAV's on a CD.

As pointed out by @Vdex in the comments, the format is actually RAW audio format which is comparable to WAV without the header information.
Even more specifically it is CDDA, as pointed out by @Joakim.
That's why you need software to create an audio CD from single audio files.
I think if you already have WAV files, you can do this with most CD recording software (choose for create audio or music CD in the first step of the wizard mostly, and then select your WAV files), but MP3's need to be converted to WAV first. That's where MP3 CD Maker comes into play."
Guest [Entry]

"Some CD players can play mp3 files (most new ones do), there is usually a sticker that says ""mp3 compatible"" or something similar, and if that is the case you shouldn't need to convert them, not all mp3 cd players can handle sub-folders, so you might need to place all the mp3s in the root folder. If it can't handle mp3s you have to write the CD in a special way (audio cd format), for that you will need special software, I have used Nero in the past - you just drag and drop the mp3's and it converts it for you.
For me a CD player that can't handle mp3s would be a deal breaker, considering that raw audio CDs store about 75 minutes of music per disc, compared to the ~700 minutes you can achieve with mp3s."