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Do any BMW headunits play CD-RW's?

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Just curious if there is any factory solution to the lack of RW compatibility.
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That's actually a good question. I was thinking about the same the other day after I finished burning (and closing) a CD... I wouldn't think so though... I've never heard of a non-aftermarket player capable of playing CD-RW's...
:mad: I figured. I hate the way aftermarket units look in the E46's dash, though.
Maybe there's something wrong with my unit, but, it plays CD-RW's no problem (except for one that I forgot to close:) )

Maybe 2002 is different??
When you "close" the RW, what does that mean exactly? I have always been a little uninformed in this area.
DougDogs said:
Maybe there's something wrong with my unit, but, it plays CD-RW's no problem (except for one that I forgot to close:) )

Maybe 2002 is different??
On my Dell 8100, it does not finish burning all the files and fat until I press "close" button. It must be doing something then:dunno: cause it takes another 8-12 seconds to eject.
Mystikal said:


When you "close" the RW, what does that mean exactly? I have always been a little uninformed in this area.
"closing a disk" means that the burner writes some additional start and end language to the cd so that standard or "old school" cd players can read it, and navigate it. With a rw, you can then go format it, then reburn. A disk not closed, datta can be transferred on and off just like a hard drive.

Pretend closing is the equivalnt to pushing the tab on a floppy down. Except in this case older cd players NEED it closed to read it.

I dont know if my description is technically accurate, but thats basically it.
Mystikal said:


When you "close" the RW, what does that mean exactly? I have always been a little uninformed in this area.
Nope... That's because you "closed" it... Once you "close" a CD, it's not RW anymore...

Mystical, that actually answers our question.
DougDogs said:
Maybe there's something wrong with my unit, but, it plays CD-RW's no problem (except for one that I forgot to close:) )

Maybe 2002 is different??
Thanks for the explanation. But if you close an RW, will it work in the factory player?
Yup. See my post above. Once you close it, it becomes an ordinary audio CD.
Mystikal said:
Thanks for the explanation. But if you close an RW, will it work in the factory player?
yes, it will work if closed
Mystikal said:
Thanks for the explanation. But if you close an RW, will it work in the factory player?
Why doesn't anybody tell me these things?!
ALEX325i said:


Yup. See my post above. Once you close it, it becomes an ordinary audio CD.
Also keep in mind, you probably already know. You have to burn it as an audio CD though. Like A program called Nero for instand. You pick out say 15 mp3. You hit burn and it will automatically transform them into audio files for the cd players. Just a heads up in case you dont know. You do need to burn the right files in order for it to work as well.
Mystikal said:


Why doesn't anybody tell me these things?!
Of course. I have been using Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum for some time now to create Audio CD's from MP3's, I was only unsure about the RW settings.

Thread closed. :thumbup:
dredmo said:


Also keep in mind, you probably already know. You have to burn it as an audio CD though. Like A program called Nero for instand. You pick out say 15 mp3. You hit burn and it will automatically transform them into audio files for the cd players. Just a heads up in case you dont know. You do need to burn the right files in order for it to work as well.
you have ur own music band?

i hope these MP3 songs you are burning are your own creation. :)
Re: you have ur own music band?

ChrisTO said:
i hope these MP3 songs you are burning are your own creation. :)
:eeps: Uh yeah, that's it. ;)
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