My cds won't play in my car

  1. I have been downloading music to make my own cds but they won't play in my car! Am I doing something wrong? They will play in my player in the house just not the car(the only place I ever listen to them). Any one have any ideas?
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   nursenoelle
    Are they formatted correctly? If you don't convert to an mp3 format, they may not play. Also, if I burn to a CDRW instead of a CDR, it won't play. Hmmm... Have you tried a regular CD ?
  4. by   Nurse Ratched
    What nursenoelle said - I did that once too and it irked me so bad!
  5. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    My regular cds play fine. I thought they were all mp3 formatted, I'll check that. Thanks!
  6. by   Tweety
    How old is your car CD player. Some of them don't play in car CD players for some reason. I've heard other people having that problem. Not sure what, if anything you can do.
  7. by   Bevi
    what kind of cds are you burning onto? sometimes that has somthing to do with it
  8. by   P_RN

    This BB is for a commercial site, but it seems to answer your question quite well.
  9. by   warrior woman
    Try putting a CD cleaner in your CD player it cleans the dust and dirt on the inside of the player. You can get them at Wal-Mart, Radio SHACK, or just about anywhere. Let us know if it works!! WW.
  10. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    My car is a 2000. I am using CD-R cds. This is driving me nuts! They play in my hubby's '96 truck(which I never drive!) Thanks for all of the posts.
  11. by   Tweety
    The fact that they play in CD players, like your home and your husbands car more or less lets you know it's not the CD, but the CD player in your car. As I said, I'm not sure what you can do about that.
  12. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Thanks. The perfectionist in me keeps trying to make them I'm going to buy another brand of cds tomorrow. I'll let ya know if they work.
  13. by   Ted
    Also. . .

    Make sure the audio CD's you're buring are up to "Red Book" specs. Basically, this is a "standard" of sorts that will ensure that properally formatted CD's will play on the most CD players. Most consumer-based CD burning software programs seem to automatically do this.

    Use ".wav" files. Not all CD players (especially the older one, which are many!) can understand "mp3" files. A ".wav" file is an PC-based audio file.

    Also make sure that each ".wav" file is saved as 16-bit 14.4 kHz ONLY (part of the "Red Book" specs).

    And make sure your audio CD is burnt "Disk at once" (verses "track at once" and any other choice).

    Use only CD-R disks of good quality. (Not CD-RW disks).

    Hope this is helpful!

    Last edit by Ted on May 30, '03
  14. by   neelyt
    Tell me what program you are using to burn your CD's and I will give you step by step instructions on what to do. Also, the previous comment was correct. CD/R's are the only things that will normally play in a regular CD player not CD/RW's. The files you burn to disk cannot not be MP3 files with they must be burned as wave files seen like this name.wav as stated above also.