jllphan, on 29 September 2011 - 02:16 PM, said:
Thanks for the quick response and insight....
But it seems hard to believe that in 2011 there's not a way that i can burn a disc, with various songs from various artists, title them as such and have that display in a "foreign" computer (other than burning as .wav and submitting to Gracenote). Once upon a time, i could use iTunes ver. 8 and accomplish this no problem. But the reason i'm here, and bought toast, was because with iTunes 10 this ability has suddenly vanished. Now that i foolishly updated to iTunes 10, it doesn't matter what setting i use, when burning a compilation, any computer the disc is loaded in (including the native computer that created the disc), it automatically sorts the disc by artist. I even made a trip the local Apple store and three "geniuses" couldn't demonstrate how to make this work. Using iTunes, the disc is burned properly (using "finder" you can verify all tracks are in the desired order), but upon opening iTunes, it automatically sorts the tracks by artist (alphabetically). Thing is, I'm creating compilations to send to people, and those recipients will undoubtedly load the disc using iTunes -- AND the compilation MUST be in a specific sequence. Short of deleting the artist info (which I CAN'T do for reasons not mentioned here), there's no way to achieve this? Obviously I made a $100 mistake buying Toast, is there any disc authoring software that will allow me to simply burn mp3's in the desired sequence and then have it default open in iTunes? Seems improbable if not.
nice Austin btw.
Your frustration is completely reasonable, but your options are few. I'm not clear why sticking with the audio CD format and uploading the info to Gracenote isn't an acceptable option. But assuming that's not okay then the only other thing I can think of is to distribute the mp3 tracks from your own online server rather than sending it via disc.
Roxio's hands are pretty much tied when it comes to integration with iTunes. Apple made the cdinfo database file off limits to any third parties so only iTunes can burn an audio CD and have it automatically update the cdinfo database file at the same time. Apparently Apple only lets iTunes do whatever it does to recognize mp3 CDs.
As for the mp3 CD format, it is confined to the limitations of the old ISO 9660 format which has an alphanumeric file system. If you don't care if the disc is playable in an mp3 CD player (other than a few car stereos who even has one of those?) then you can burn the tracks in a Mac & PC format. You can include a document instructing users how to play the tracks and provide additional background. Maybe there is a script to automate the creation of the iTunes playlist. Quick Look is a terrific way to play (or view) files from discs on a Mac. I don't know what the equivalent is on a PC. Food for thought.
Sorry I don't have an answer that truly meets your needs. I don't think one exists.