There are I think 99 minute CDs, but they're fairly hard to come by and tend to have a high failure rate on the select few drives that will accept them.
A DVD would likely be able to store about 120 minutes, or 2 hours, but you can't play those on a regular CD player unless it specifically states that it accepts DVD audio.
What I would do, is just burn the MP3 file to a CD. Assuming your friend has a computer and a program such as WinAmp, you're good to go. Sometimes all it takes is a little creative thinking.
I have downloaded a lecture that is ~ 2 hours, 4 minutes in an MP3 audio file format. It's a large file = 115,732 KB. I would like to burn it to a CD for a friend who doesn't have access to listen to the streaming version on line. No, neither of us has an I-pod or equivalent.
The blank CD's that I have state that they only will only store 80 minutes. Will there ever be a blank CD on the market that will hold more? Could I try to use a DVD disk since they seem to be able to hold more data, or are the two formats incompatible?
My CD-RW Drive states that it is 48x/24x/48x. Don't know what that means? Could someone explain? Does the speed that it writes to the disk have anything to do with how compressed it is? Or is the limiting factor the file size, not the rate at which it is recorded? Is there difference in quality for the different write speeds? I know that I'm sounding stupid here, but I honestly don't know.
I have Roxio CD Creator 6. (yes, I wish that I had held out and paid more for Nero = my bad) I haven't tried burning it yet. I looked in the manual and you can record large files over multiple disks. I just thought that it would be more graceful to be able to fit it all on one.
Eventually I may be interested in getting an external DVD burner, but can't afford to now. Even if I did have the DVD burner, if I recorded audio on to it, would it be playable on a regular CD drive that can read re-writables? Is it the format of the disk itself, (CD vs DVD) or is it the way that it is recorded a determining factor?
Thanks for your time!