how to burn multiple playlists to a CD in iTunes?

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I don't think that is possible. iTunes wants you to burn one playlist. If your playlist is massive, iTunes will prompt you to insert new CDs to spread it out to different CDs. But, you can't combine playlists -- or choose more than one at a time, if you notice.
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How about temporarily creating a new playlist, then dragging the two (or more) playlists you'd like to burn into the new one. That would be my workaround when burning an audio CD.

If you are talking about burning a data or MP3 CD instead, iTunes is *lame* for that purpose. I've been forced to use another program, like Toast to burn a hybrid or Joliet format disc with several folders (one for each playlist) to play in my car stereo (which supports MP3 discs).
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Thanks Eric,

I was afraid that was the case, but was hoping it wasn't.

Thanks for your quick reply
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Thanks Cameron.

I had thought about doing that. Your suggestion confirms my original instinct.

I will try it when I burn another CD
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Perhaps iTunesFS helps you burn MP3 or data CDs. It mounts your media collection as another drive with albums, artists and everything as folders.

http://osx.iusethis.com/app/itunesfs
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Thanks for your reply Daniel. I'm not familiar with iTunesFS. Can you explain a little more?
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Sure! First, a screenshot:

iTunesFS Screenshot

When you go to your "~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music" folder you probably see your audio files organised in a structure like "Artist/Album/Song". iTunesFS does more. When you start it, it mounts a virtual drive containing the folders Artists, Albums, Compilations, and Playlists. So you are way more flexible in accessing your media library from outside iTunes. You could, for instance, use a script to schedule automatic backup jobs for special parts of your library.

It relies on Google's MacFUSE package which, according to its project page, allows for file systems to be mounted in user space. As far as my understanding goes, this means that anyone can write programs to access or create file systems, whether they be real or only virtual (like iTunesFS).

Take a look at the iTunesFS project page. There you'll find a bigger screenshot, and install instructions. To speed things up a bit, I'll post the essential links here directly, but don't rely on me to keep them updated as time progresses. You'll have to MacFUSE first, as iTunesFS relies on it.



Hope this helps!
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I found that if you just create folders elsewhere on your drive (i.e. my documents/my music.....) then create new folders such as by genre or whatever you want... then simply select the songs in itunes that you want to place in the corresponding folder, drag, then drop into the new folder on your drive.

I hope that made sense..... took me a while to figure that out LOL.... then I use a separate cd creator software (I use Roxio) to create my mp3 CD complete with my custom folders to correspond with my itunes playlists. voila! ~ no need for additional software either (unless of course you don't have any other type of cd writing software, which I highly doubt)
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Thanks for your help. I will try it when I burn another CD
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i had this issue a while back and found this: (u still have to put them all in one playlist though. still it works great!... one day i will find a work around that as well. for now this works)

If your car CD player or media center can play and navigate MP3 CDs by folder, using iTunes you can burn your tracks in album-specific folders automatically. (MP3 CDs have the songs burned on them as files, not audio, and as such can fit a whole lot more music than a regular audio CD.) The Internet Duct Tape blog explains the iTunes tip: the trick is to sort the playlist by album first before you burn.

from http://internetducttape.com/2008/01/2...

don't u just love tricks :)
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Thanks.