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Is there a special word or phrase for a CD with a carefully picked playlist you made for a particular person, often given as a gift?

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Dan, the "how do you call" wording is incorrect in English. You should replace the how with what. You would benefit from reading the discussion at this link english.stackexchange.com/questions/150325/… –  Tristan r Mar 18 at 21:57
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@Tristanr Thanks, didn't know that. –  Dan Mar 19 at 8:34
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It is called a mix CD. (From mixtape, originally)

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@Dan Abramov, I know this might look like an odd word, but the "mix tape" was incredibly iconic in the 80's, so mix CD is definately the most appropriate word for this. If you even used "mix tape" (even though it's a CD) would be a comedic tip of the hat (IMO). –  Rikon Sep 15 '11 at 19:32
    
Wow, thanks. I knew there was a word :-) –  Dan Sep 15 '11 at 20:28
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As an alternative to 'mix CD,' I've often just called them compilations.

The only problem with calling them simply 'compilations' is that it doesn't really differentiate from a commercially released compilation album, so you would have to say 'my own compilation' or 'compilation that I made.'

So it's not nearly as nice and succinct as simply 'mix CD,' but it still works.

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I've never heard of a commercial compilation being called a 'mix CD'. And the ambiguity is resolved by saying something like "Here, I made you this mix CD." –  Evan Cordell Sep 16 '11 at 6:59
    
I think you have misunderstood me. I meant that the problem with referring to your own mix CD as simply a 'compilation', is that you could be referring to a commercial one. I.e. "check out this compilation CD" is ambiguous, so you'd need, "listen to this compilation CD I made." However, what I think we're both trying to say is that "Listen to this mix CD" is unambiguous, because you wouldn't refer to a commercial compilation as a 'mix CD.' –  Cam Jackson Sep 16 '11 at 7:05
    
Oh, I apologize. I see now what you meant. –  Evan Cordell Sep 16 '11 at 7:06
    
No probs, I'll edit the answer to clarify for anyone else :) –  Cam Jackson Sep 16 '11 at 7:14
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