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July 31, 2010 at 10:55 am

Don’t Forget This When Creating An Audio CD

Hello everyone,

As a computer technician I have to be prepared for anything and everything. Today I would like to tell you about something that happened to me this week:

A very nice lady called me and told me that she was trying to create an Audio CD with MP3 files that she had downloaded from LimeWire (these were not DRM protected files). She was burning the files using Windows Media Player and they would play on her computer but not in her car (which is what she was interested in).

I went to her house and installed CDBurnerXP (my favorite free application to burn CDs and DVDs). I thought it was going to be a “piece of cake” but every time I added an audio file to the burning list, I got an error message saying that “The audio file has an invalid format”.

I knew that the MP3 files in question were not of an invalid type so I was momentarily stumped. Then I went to school – Google School that is, (sometimes when clients ask me where I went to school I say to the “School of Google”).

While searching Google I found a post that suggested replacing the bass.dll in the CDBurnerXP program directory with the one from Un4seen Developments (latest version 2.4.6). The tiny bass.dll helps to encode audio files while allowing them to be written to an Audio CD.

I deleted the outdated version of the bass.dll in the CDBurnerXP program directory and pasted in the current 2.4.6 version, and VOILA!!

All of  the lady’s MP3 files burned “like a champ” and she now has her Audio CD. At this moment she is probably out cruising in her car and listening to Jackie Wilson! She also thinks I’m a genius for helping her out!

Professor Randy says: No one can know everything! When in doubt go to school – The School Of Google!! There you will find it all!

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