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How to make an MP3 cd for my vw

Updated April 17, 2017

MP3 CD's are a practical and useful means to listening to music, as it holds more song files that a regular CD. Making one for use in your VW vehicle's stereo is a fairly simple process that can be completed in just a few steps.

Organise the song files that you would like to place on the CD. It is recommended that they be arranged in sub-folders according to artist, album, and/or genre, within one larger folder (that you can call "MP3 CD Folder", for example). Folders can be created by right-clicking and selecting "Create New Folder." Drag song files from your computer's music folder, or from your preferred music application, into the appropriate sub-folders that you create. Having an organised folder will enable you to navigate to the particular song/sub-folder you will want to hear at any particular time using the controls on your VW's radio if it supports nested folders.

Check the size of your music folder. Blank CD's can hold 700MB of data. If your music folder exceeds this amount, you will have to delete some of it's content. Check the size by right-clicking on the folder and selecting "Properties" on a Windows based machine or right-click and select "Get Info" on a Mac computer.

Once you have confirmed that your "MP3 CD Folder" containing all of the songs and sub-folders you want to burn are under 700MB in size, insert your blank CD into your computer's CD-RW drive.

Drag your "MP3 CD Folder" on top of the blank CD icon that appeared on your computer's desktop upon insertion. Select "Burn" when prompted and wait for the files to copy. Eject your CD when the burning process is complete.

If the MP3 CD player in your VW does not support nested folders, it may be necessary to instead burn one long playlist in a jukebox program. To do so, create a new playlist in your preferred software program containing all of the songs you would like to burn.

Check the size of your playlist. Blank CD's can hold 700 MB of data. You can check the size of the playlist by looking at the bottom of the playlist window. Make sure your playlist does not exceed capacity.

Once you have confirmed your playlist to be within the capacity limit, click "Burn Disc." You will then be prompted asking what type of disc you would like to burn. Select "MP3 CD." Then select "Burn."

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • Computer with CD-RW drive
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About the Author

A native New Yorker, Issac Carlson has been writing on culture and society since 2003. He attended high school and college in Connecticut, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where his work was featured in several university periodicals.