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I'm burning my own audio recordings on CDs and I want to be certain that the discs can be played in every CD player, not only in new models, which may even support plain MP3 files. Can I use a rewritable CD (CD-RW)? If CD-RW is less compatible, does CD-R always work? How to convert files to a supported audio format and burn in a correct hierarchy?

I experimented with Burrrn (no longer in development) -- my newer portable CD player can play the CD (CD-R), but Pioneer PD-207 doesn't detect the disc.

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    Supported audio-format ??? There is only 1 format for Audio-CD's. If you mean Data-CD containing audio-files (like MP3, WAV, etc.) then MOST CD players won't be able to play them. – Tonny Jun 30 '18 at 9:26
  • @Tonny I don't mean data CDs. – user917794 Jun 30 '18 at 9:27
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    I figured as much, but it isn't really clear from the question if you understand the difference between audio and data CD's. Especially since you also ask about compatible audio-formats (which makes sense for data-CD's but not for audio-CD's). – Tonny Jun 30 '18 at 10:37
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There is no guarantee that a burned CD will work in every CD player. However, I do remember older CD players sometimes had issues with CD-RW. So you should stick with CD-R. However, I do remember my portable CD player wouldnt play any burned CDs. As Tonny said in the comment, burn slow. Older CD players had issues with CDs burned with a high speed. Stick with 1x-4x speeds, the slower the better.

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    Totally agree and burn SLOWLY. Use 4-speed at most. Even if your burner can do 48 or 52 speed burns it does make a HUGE difference in quality of the end-result. Especially with the cheap CD-R media. – Tonny Jun 30 '18 at 9:24
  • @Tonny thats right. I completely forgot about burn speeds. – Keltari Jun 30 '18 at 9:55

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