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I am sorry to repost this, but I am really hoping someone can help me! I didn't get a response to the message below about the quality of my burned CD's suddenly changing, and it has happened again - again with music purchased from iTunes.
Any help appreciated!! Thank you!!
Hi all~
Though I am no computer expert, I've been burning CDs from iTunes for ages without problems until today. I purchased some songs from iTunes yesterday and burned an audio CD from iTunes today. For the first time, the quality was waaay off - with pops, semi-stutters, etc. This is true whether I play it in iTunes or Windows Media.
After looking around this forum, I changed the burn speed down to 8x (first tried at "Maximum Possible" which was my previous default setting). Same problem.
Now the odd part - to try to see if it was my internal CD burner, I manually copied the music files using Windows Explorer and burned yet another CD that way. Obviously, these are M4P files that can only be played by iTunes. However, when I opened up iTunes, it cant see that CD . . . which confused me. On the other hand, when I use Windows Explorer to manually look at the CD folder and tell it to open the music track using iTunes, it works. And then the song plays flawlessly in iTunes.
So near as I can tell, this appears to be an issue now with how iTunes is burning audio CDs . . . which appears to have changed in the last couple of weeks . . . though I dont recall having changed anything on my computer in that time.
Any help?!
Thanks - balithai
Here are the diagnostics on the second audio CD I burned in iTunes at 8x:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Dell Inc. OptiPlex GX520
iTunes 7.2.0.35
CD Driver 2.0.6.1
CD Driver DLL 2.0.6.2
LowerFilters: PxHelp20 (2.0.0.0),
UpperFilters: GEARAspiWDM (2.0.6.1),
Current user is an administrator.
Video Display Information:
Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
Connected Device Information:
DiskDrive, ST380819AS, Bus Type ATA, Bus Address [0,0]
DiskDrive, Lexar Media Inc. CF USB Device, Bus Type USB
DiskDrive, Lexar Media Inc. MS USB Device, Bus Type USB
DiskDrive, Lexar Media Inc. SD USB Device, Bus Type USB
DiskDrive, Lexar Media Inc. SM/xD USB Device, Bus Type USB
CDROM, TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H492C, Bus Type ATA, Bus Address [0,0]
If you have multiple drives on the same IDE or SCSI bus, these drives may interfere with each other.
Some computers need an update to the ATA or IDE bus driver, or Intel chipset. If iTunes has problems recognizing CDs or hanging or crashing while importing or burning CDs, check the support site for the manufacturer of your computer or motherboard.
D: TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H492C, Rev DE02
Audio CD in drive.
Found 10 songs on CD, playing time 35:29 on Audio CD.
Track 1, start time 00:02:00
Track 2, start time 02:41:14
Track 3, start time 06:09:56
Track 4, start time 08:18:08
Track 5, start time 11:05:16
Track 6, start time 19:35:05
Track 7, start time 22:32:26
Track 8, start time 25:18:20
Track 9, start time 27:52:66
Track 10, start time 31:48:10
Audio CD reading succeeded.
Get drive speed succeeded.
The drive CDR speeds are: 8 16 24 32 40 48.
The drive CDRW speeds are: 8.
Dell Optiplex GX520   Windows XP Pro  

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