Record MP3 disc for car radio: options and features

Despite the fact that even the regular media centers, which equip all produced cars, are equipped with all modern standards of connected devices (USB, smartphone), good old discs continue to be one of the most popular means of playing audio files. These information storage devices are more convenient for those who continue to create various collections of musical compositions, as well as for those whom modern young people call “olds, ” who value proven options and are not in a hurry to follow modern technological trends. But even this popularity of data carriers for car, proven over the years, continues to be accompanied by various difficulties faced by many users. What is the correct way to record an MP3 disc so that the media center can recognize it? What features of the procedure to pay attention to, and also whether it is possible to do without third-party tools? Answers to these and other questions will be given in the framework of the topic considered in this article.

Method of recording MP3-disc for car.

Recording features

In fact, in this question there are only three main stages, which determine whether the carrier will work properly or not.

"Supported Formats"

The first thing you should pay attention to is the documentation (user manual) for the media center installed on the car when it is released for sale or later acquired in specialized outlets. It so happened historically that there are three most common formats that are supported, if not all, by the absolute majority of car radios - these are CDA, WAV and MP3.

The first is one of the oldest formats, which is a kind of analogue of audio records that allows you to achieve better sound quality without losing the original quality of the file.

The second is a more familiar file format with the ability to manipulate existing files (delete them or copy). The format is familiar to many users of working with computer content, but not all, especially old devices in a car, are equipped with appropriate support.

The third is the most common and convenient option, as it does not limit the user in the amount of recorded information. The number of tracks depends only on the capabilities of the selected media. It is extremely important to choose the format of your choice, which will be able to accomplish the tasks you set.

"Media format and file system"

In addition to the format of the recorded information, you need to decide what media supports the "reader" in your vehicle. As many probably know, there are many kinds of disks that can be used as a storage device. Usually, the choice is limited to a CD or DVD, which can burn up to 800 MB for a CD and up to 8.5 GB for a DVD. Separately, you should pay attention to the susceptibility of the carrier to multiple rewriting. RW discs have this functionality, and therefore, from a functional point of view, the most preferred option is the use of DVD-RW, especially considering the volume of music selections. In addition, it is imperative to clarify in the technical documentation of your media center which file systems this device supports.

Currently, ISO 9660 (also known as “CDFS”) has lost its relevance, but almost all receivers, including obsolete ones, work quite freely with this structure. The newer and, therefore, requiring the appropriate filling for yourself is “UDF”, which is installed as a default option by most software. Therefore, this information on the support of the “UDF” radio tape recorder is required to be clarified in advance. Within the framework of modern realities, it is UDF that is more preferable in the question posed.

"Preparing Files"

Particular attention should be paid to the “pre-sale” preparation of files, since their name and sorting will directly affect the final structure of the disc content, and, consequently, the convenience of listening to songs. Pay attention to the following recommendations, which are not necessary for implementation, but can ensure a more stable and correct operation of the recordable disc:

  • Check the file names for the contents of characters and spaces. It is highly desirable that the name of the composition be short and clear, and most importantly - in English, and should not contain spaces and symbols. For example, instead of “cool track: 1” specify “linkin park-numb”.
  • Arrange the files in the order that you prefer. To achieve the desired sorting, you can place a digital marker at the beginning of the file name, for example, “1linkin park-numb”, “2linkin park-InTheEnd”, etc.
  • Do not put songs in folders, as not all recorders correctly recognize discs recorded in this way.

Upon completion of the preparation, you can proceed directly to creating the disc.

How and what to write

There are a huge number of software options that can implement solutions to the issue under consideration. One of the most popular programs is “Nero”, which has been actively used by the user for more than 10 years. All the user needs to do is:

  • insert a disc into the drive and start the “Nero Burning ROM” program;
  • select the format of the recording media;
  • select the used file system;
  • place in the appropriate window the desired composition;
  • at the end, click “Burn” and wait for the program to finish.

Few people know that you can carry out your plans without the use of third-party software, only with the help of standard tools. For this:

  • Insert the storage device into the appropriate drive and open it using Windows Explorer;
  • put there all the necessary files to record;
  • right-click on the selected device and click "Burn Disc";
  • go through all the steps offered by the Recording Wizard, and wait for it to complete.

The recording speed and the quality of the final product largely depends on the capabilities of the information storage device itself.


In general, despite the fact that the devices considered in this article are already recognized as "relics of the past", there are still enough areas where their capabilities continue to be actively used, and how long it will last, is already a rhetorical question.