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CD/MP3/WMA player

About MP3/WMA

  • The making of MP3/WMA files by recording from sources such as broadcasts, records, recordings, videos and live performances without permission from the copyright holder for uses other than personal enjoyment is prohibited.

What is MP3/WMA?

MP3 (MPEG1 Audio Layer III) is a standard format for audio compression technology. By using MP3, a file can be compressed to one-tenth the size of the original.

WMA (Windows Media™ Audio) is format for audio compression technology. WMA files can be compressed to a size smaller than MP3 files.

This main unit has limitations on MP3/WMA file standards and recorded media and formats that can be used.

Playable MP3 file standards

  • Supported standards:
    MPEG-1 Audio Layer III

  • Supported sampling frequencies:
    44.1 kHz and 48 kHz

  • Supported bit rate:
    64 to 320 (kbps)

    * Supports VBR.

    * Does not support free format.

  • Supported channel modes:
    monaural, stereo, joint, dual

Playable WMA file standards

  • Supported standards:
    WMA Ver.7
    WMA Ver.8
    WMA Ver.9
    WMA Ver.9.1
    WMA Ver.9.2

  • Supported sampling frequencies:
    32, 44.1, 48 (kHz)

  • Supported bit rate:
    48 to 320 (kbps)

    * Supports VBR.

    * Does not support WMA files with images (jackets) and WMA Pro, WMA Voice, or WMA Lossless files.

    * Does not support WMA files recorded at a frequency of 48 kHz with a bit rate of 96 Kbps.

  • Supported channel modes:
    Monaural and stereo

ID3/WMA tag

MP3/WMA files have an "ID3 / WMA Tag" that allows input of information so that data such as song title and artist can be saved.

This main unit supports the ID3v.1.0, ID3v.1.1, ID3v.2.2, ID3v.2.3, ID3v.2.4 and WMA tags.


Media capable of playing MP3/WMA includes CD-R and CD-RW discs. Compared to CD-ROM media commonly used for music discs, CD-R and CD-RW discs are fragile in high temperature/high humidity environments and one section of the CD-R and CD-RW may become incapable of playback. Fingerprints or scratches on the disc may prevent playback or cause skipping during playback. Sections of a CD-R and CD-RW may deteriorate if left inside a vehicle for long periods of time. It is also recommended that CD-R and CD-RW discs be kept in a light-blocking case because the discs are vulnerable to ultra-violet light.

Format of discs

The format of discs to be used must be ISO9660 Level 1 or Level 2.

Control items for this standard are as follows:

  • Maximum directory layers:
    8 layers

  • Maximum number of characters for folder names/file names:
    32 (including "." and a 3-letter file extension)

  • Allowable characters for folder names/file names:
    A~Z, 0~9, _ (underscore)

  • Number of files possible on a single disc:

  • Total number of folders possible on a single disc:

File names

Only files with the MP3/WMA file extension ".mp3" or ".wma" can be recognized as MP3/WMA and played. Be sure to save MP3 files with the ".mp3" file extension. Also, save WMA files with the ".wma" file extension. "MP" of the file extension can be either uppercase or lowercase letters.

  • If the ".mp3" or ".wma" file extension is attached to a file other than an MP3/WMA file, that file will be mistakenly recognized by the main unit as an MP3/WMA file and played. This results in a loud noise being output, which can damage speakers. Do not save a non-MP3/WMA file with the "mp3" or "wma" extension.


Multi-sessions are supported, and the playing of CD-R and CD-RW discs with MP3/WMA files added is possible. However, if files have been written onto a disc using "Track at once", close the session or perform the finalization process. Standardize the format so that it does not change with each session.

Playing MP3/WMA

When a disc with recorded MP3/WMA files is inserted, the main unit first checks all the files on the disc. No sound is output while the main unit is checking the files on the disc. It is recommended that the disc be recorded without files other than MP3/WMA files and without unnecessary folders in order to speed up the checking of disc files by the main unit.

MP3/WMA playing time display

It is possible that playing time will not be correct, depending on the writing condition of the MP3/WMA file.

* It is possible that playing time will not be correct when VBR Fast Up/Down is operated.

Display order of MP3/WMA file/folder names

Names of MP3/WMA folders and files within the same level are displayed in the following order.

1. MP3/WMA folders displayed first, by ascending order of numbers, letters.

2. Files displayed next, by ascending order of numbers, letters.