Best way to format MP3 CDs?

This unit is the MyWay system, also referred to as RNEG, made by Harman Becker.
Main Features: Also referred to as RNEG, the MyWay colour satellite navigation system, has SD card, integrated European mapping, live trafic information, voice guidance and graphics in 2D or aerial perspective & it features a Bluetooth® system (Bluetooth phone compatibility only - no Bluetooth Audio Streaming).

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Best way to format MP3 CDs?

Post by Francais »

Hi all,

New member called Tim here.

Last week I bought a left hand drive 2011 C5 Estate automatic. Have to say it is a lovely car to drive and is, as far as I can tell after 1750 miles, faultless. My last car was a Mondeo with an MP3 capable CD. The C5 has what I think is an R NEG radio.CD.Navi system.

I am pretty computer literate but I have a weird problem that has me baffled. I like to listen to audio books when I am driving and I have a lot of them. Usually each book has a small number of tracks of about 60 minutes of listening per track so I like to split them into 5 minute tracks so it is easy to get to any track if I manage to eject the CD. I normally make a directory for each 'master' track and then put all the smaller tracks in the correct directory.

So a typical book would be: (directory) 01 with tracks numbered 01, 02, etc. then (directory) 02 with tracks numbered 01, 02 etc.

The problem is that the Citroen will only play the files in the first directory. When it gets to the end of the last file in the first directory, it plays the first track in that directory again.

I have tried 4 different CD burner packages, e.g. Burn Aware and Nero, same result.

I have tried making a music CD with 140 tracks, all in the root directory and they all play perfectly.

I am out of ideas on how to make the CD player play anything that is in the other directories. I have tried different numbering systems, e.g. 01, 02 etc. but I am getting nowhere.

Before I lose any more hair, can anyone help?


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Re: Best way to format MP3 CDs?

Post by GiveMeABreak »

Hi and welcome.

Note that pressing the MUSIC button down for a long press engages management of the sorting of MP3 / WMA files / Updates the radio stations. So you might want to switch to MP3 source first and then try holding that down to see if it helps by re-indexing the playlists.

Not sure if you have a manual - but in case not:

The system builds playlists (in temporary memory), an operation which can take from a few seconds to several minutes at the first connection.
  • Reduce the number of non-music files and the number of folders to reduce the waiting time
  • Play starts automatically after a period which depends on the capacity of the USB memory stick,
  • It is advisable to restrict file names to 20 characters, without using special characters (e.g.: " " ? ; ù) to avoid any playing and displaying problems.
  • The audio equipment will only play audio files with ".wma, .aac, .flac, .ogg and .mp3" file extensions and with a bit rate of between 32 Kbps and 320 Kbps.
  • The playlists are updated every time the ignition is switched off or connection of a USB memory stick. However, the system memorises these lists and if they are not modified, the loading time will be shorter.
In order to be able to play a recorded CDR or CDRW, when recording it is preferable to select the ISO 9660 level 1, 2 or Joliet standard.
  • If the disc is recorded in another format it may not be played correctly.
  • It is recommended that the same recording standard is always used for an individual disc, with as low a speed as possible (4x maximum) for optimum sound quality.
  • In the particular case of a multi-session CD, the Joliet standard is recommended.