Burning DVDs in iTunes
February 3, 2007 4:41 PM   Subscribe

OS X Newbiefilter - Burning a DVD in iTunes on OS X - Will the disk be readable on a PC?

I'm trying to burn a couple of DVD's of a very large playlist through iTunes in OS X (it's my mega playlist of Coachella 2007 artists, if anyone cares), and it's not 100% clear if said DVD is going to be readable by a Windows XP PC.

OS X identifies the format of the disk as HFS +, but the help files say that the normal Finder 'burn folder' uses a hybrid format, which will be readable by windows. Is this the same for iTunes?

I know 100% that I can do it in OS X using Toast or another similar program, but honestly I don't own any of them, and I'm guessing that would take some messing around to burn my smart playlist from iTunes?

I'm mailing these disks to a friend, and I don't have immediate access to a PC to test any of these theories. Any suggestions to accomplish this with minimal cost/hassle would be appreciated.
posted by BlzOfGlry to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
DVDs and CDs are cross platform. DVDs and CDs created by Macs whether via iTunes or the Finder work prefectly well in Windows.
posted by yesno at 5:30 PM on February 3, 2007

It should be just fine. I burn cross-platform CDs all the time, and I've never had a problem. Just make a burn folder, drop in your files, and create the CD.

I'm pretty sure OSX creates 'Joliet' CDs by default, which work on essentially every platform.
posted by Malor at 5:53 PM on February 3, 2007

I do it all the time with no problems so far. Should work on any PC and the music should play on any CD player. Burn away!
posted by miss lynnster at 6:19 PM on February 3, 2007

Perfect... thanks! I thought that I was probably overthinking all this.

The thought of actually going to a post office to mail these things, only to hear back 3 or 4 days from now that rather than functional DVD's, I mailed pretty coasters made me extra cautious.
posted by BlzOfGlry at 6:38 PM on February 3, 2007

...the music should play on any CD player
Quite a few players assume that mp3 files will only appear on CDs, not DVDs. As a result, they won't play such DVDs. They also have problems with DVD formats burned onto CDs.
posted by forrest at 12:28 AM on February 4, 2007

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