Quote: Originally Posted by wwsques
If my songs are a wma format, can I play them using a car CD's player after they are burned as data CDs?
Car CD players vary in what they will play. You have to experiment.
Mine is fairly old and will play ONLY "CDA" files. CDA files are what you find on retail music CDs that you pay $15 for downtown. CDA files are also produced by a typical burner when burning songs as music files, not data files.
I know that some more modern car players will play mp3 files when burned as data.
I'm not sure if any car CD players will play WMA files---but you could always convert them to mp3 if your car player will play mp3s as data files.
I think WMA files are quite large and there wouldn't be any advantage to burning them as data files even if your player would play them---you would be subject to the 700 MB size limit. If each WMA files is about 25 MB, that means you would only get about 28 songs per disc (700 divided by 25).
If I had a bunch of WMA files I'd burn them as CDA files on a "music" disc subject to the 80 minute time limit. Or I would convert them to mp3 and burn them as a "data" disc IF AND ONLY IF my player would play mp3s from a data disc.
When I come across a WMA file, I immediately convert it to mp3, so I am not positive on burning ideas for WMA---I'm assuming an ordinary burner will recognize them and burn them as CDA files.
You will have to check your car players specifications to see if it will play mp3s from data discs. Many will, many won't.