Q: I want to create an MP3 CD with several albums from my iTunes collection. I want them to be grouped as albums, so that my car (or stereo) Skip Album function works properly. iTunes seems to allow only one massive playlist to be burned (ie all songs from all albums).
How do I go about burning a CD with distinguishable albums?
A: How this works is going to depend largely upon your MP3 CD player. If your MP3 CD player can actually read MP3 tag information, the actual location of the files does not matter, as it will organize them based on the album names within the track metadata. In this case, an MP3 CD burned directly from iTunes should work without any problems, and if you’re unsure what method your MP3 CD player uses, it’s probably best to burn one and check it out if you haven’t done so already.
Unfortunately, if your MP3 player relies on a folder structure to organize tracks, it will be necessary to be a bit more creative, as iTunes does not provide any simple method for burning an MP3 CD with a specific directory structure. In this case, your best solution is to build a set of files outside of iTunes and then burn them to CD using another CD burning software. Fortunately, an MP3 is really just a normal data CD that happens to contain MP3 files, so there’s nothing particularly magical about its format and it can be authored in any CD burning application.