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Windows 7: How To Change Format To MP3 From CD Audio Track On Lots Of Songs

16 Jun 2014   #1

windows 7 64 bit
How To Change Format To MP3 From CD Audio Track On Lots Of Songs

I just bought a new car, and the radio has a slot for a sd card. I have a lot of homemade cd's that were made a long time ago that say cd audio track as the format, and I need to convert them to mp3's so I can put them on a sd card. Do I really have to do them 1 at a time ?? Anyone have a program suggestion ?? Advice on doing it quickly ?? Any info\advice would be great !!

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16 Jun 2014   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I think if the songs are now in CDA format, you'd probably have to "re-rip" them to your hard drive. You may be able to re-rip directly to mp3 format. If not, you can re-rip to WAV and then use a conversion program such as Freemake to convert from WAV to mp3

How many songs total, approximately? On how many CDs, approximately?

I'd re-rip to the PC hard drive. After that's done, you should be able to just drag them to the SD card.

I have a new car stereo that takes a 64 GB USB thumb drive on the front side, rather than SD card. Holds about 15,000 songs and works well.

The amount of songs you can put on your card and use in your car is probably limited by the head unit in the car--and it may be tough for you to find out its limitations. So expect to do some experimentation.
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18 Jun 2014   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

If you can find a copy of WINAMP it will do that just fine -- Mount the CD and simply RIP.
There might be other software - I've still got WINAMP -- works fine.

However I'd keep the songs in FLAC - much better audio quality -- you still will get enough music on a 64GB card (or even a 32 GB one) and it's easy to change the music for new songs when you want to.

Keeping the music in FLAC on the computer also makes for good archive -- you can then re-create different "Virtual CD's" for transfer to your music card.

Windows 8 / 8.1 has a built in virtual mounter so you can simply copy the CD to the computer as is if you want the easiest archiving method. Then the CD RIP will be super fast as it's coming from a Virtual disk rather than a physical CD. Also it won't deteriorate as CD's can with time. On Win 7 use something like Alcohol 51% - it's free and will mount virtual drives.

You can edit tracks with the free MP3tag program.

Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...)

I've got almost 2TB of music from 100's of CD's on a passport 2TB drive (plus a copy to another drive for backup). I haven't played a physical CD in YEARS !!! - and use a music streamer to stream music to a high quality audio amplifier with studio quality reference speakers -- works a treat. I can't stand listening to mp3 highly compressed music through even more hideous low quality bud earphones -- sounds like listening to music with your ears blocked up with treacle. !!

I've donated my entire CD collection to charity shop -- I can always re-create a CD from my ripped collection 100% like the original.

BTW Accurip is another god program for ripping CD's. Always BACKUP though any ripped music -- you don't want to do the whole exercise more than once because you've got no backup or your HDD is broken.

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