The in dash CD player will only play the TEXT data if it is already imbedded
in the CD. Newer commercial CDs come with this data available. Older CDs
do not. My Streissand album is about 5 years old and it shows the song
titles on screen. My older CD White Cliffs of Dover shows "No text". Any
audio CDs I burned for use in my car didn't have the song titles, it just
read "No Text".
I found that to burn your own CDs which will have the text imbedded requires
2 things. 1. A burn program that has this capability. 2. A CD burner
that also has this capability. I queried Nero about this and they told me
their then current version (5.5 etc) did have that capability. So I
downloaded the trial version (free) to see if my CD writer could handle it.
With Nero loaded I put my blank CD-R in and opened Nero Burning ROM program.
I selected Audio CD and was presented with a screen
that had a space to check for "Write CD text to CD". I checked that and
found (by experimenting) that whatever I put in the TITLE CD TEXT area would
be shown as the album name. Since I was burning individual selections (not
an album) I put the artist's name there. When I clicked and dragged the mp3
filenames to the "burn" side it showed them by songname only. (even though
the filenames were artist/songname.mp3)
I burned my first CD, took it out to the car, played it and it showed CD 1
Track 1. I pushed the TEXT button on the car audio system and it read the
Artist name (album). Pushing the TEXT button again produced the current
song title (first 12 character/spaces). I later found that pushing in and
holding the TEXT button for a second or two produced the remainder of the
song title. Once in this text mode it automatically reads the song names as
they are played.
I quickly signed up and paid for my Nero program online. They provided me
with a code that, when entered, changed it from a demo to a full functioning
version of Nero. A few days later they came out with Nero version 6.0 and I
was given a free upgrade.
My EZ CD Creator did not (as far as I could tell) have the capability to
write the proper kind of text for songnames for audio CDs. I queried EZ CD
tech and he said they had the capability for text and audio but I found this
was for regular text files added to an audio CD, NOT the imbedded titlename
text I wanted. Perhaps their later versions have this capability but Nero
was the one who responded exactly to my question and so I used their
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