I bought several albums on Amazon recently and burned them all to a CD in the MP3 format. When I inserted the disc into the car CD player, two albums wouldn’t play. I compared the MP3 files from an album that worked to one that didn’t, and couldn’t find any notable differences, so I tried burning the CD again… three times.
After it still didn’t work, and I comfirmed that the issue was not with the computer, burner or disc, I tried re-encoding the songs from the albums that wouldn’t play, which solved the problem.
I used NCH’s Switch MP3 Converter Software for that. After you download and install the software, you’re greeted with an explorer-like interface. Here is what you need to do:
- Click on the “Add Folder” button to add the folder containing the songs you want to convert.
- Below the newly added songs, click on the “Browse” button to choose a new folder on where you want to save the converted songs.
- Click on “Encoder Options” and make sure that your “Bitrate” is set to the same bitrate as your original songs — you can get that info by right-clicking on one of those MP3s in Windows Explorer, then click “Properties”, then on the “Details” tab and note the “Bit rate” under the “Audio” header e.g. 256.
- Click on the “Convert” button toward the very bottom right.
That’s it! Now you can burn that album to a disc and it should play in your car.
Note: I mentioned Amazon because I’ve never had this problem with any other MP3 site, but this solution will not just work on MP3s from Amazon.