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Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by davecabezo, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. davecabezo

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    Hi M8s,
    I have a catalogue of MP3 music files which I want to burn to CDs so that I can play them on my In Car CD Player. Can someone please tell me what Music File format I need to convert them to for standard CD players.
    Cheers,
    Dave
     
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    CDA, but WAV also works.
     
  3. davecabezo

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    Cheers M8,
    So .wav will play on standard CD players?. Is there any chance that MP3 will play on a standard CD?
    Regards,
    Dave
     
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    Mp3 only plays on 'standard' CD players if your equipment is able to decode them - which many older systems aren't. WAV is essentially the same as industry standard CDA - just a different name in real terms - and works just fine on most players.
     
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    AIF/AIFF for Mac users, is essentially the same as CDA.
     
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    Thanks again, pjskel - first a note on iVolume for Mac users on my MP3Gain post, now this!

    Sorry I'm not more Mac savvy!
     
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    I think you mean MATE.
     
  8. extremelydodgy

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    The WAV file format is not compatible with a CD player. You need to write out a redbook CD audio format. Most software (such as Nero) will convert MP3's on the fly to redbook when you tell them to burn an Audio CD.
     
  9. shadowritten

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    I stand corrected! Didn't realise that was what happens. Main point is, you can use WAVs to make a CD that players will recognise as 'standard', so long as you burn it for audio player compatibility rather than solely as data.
     
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    Edited due to hitting submit too fast
     
  11. shadowritten

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    Gotta hand it to you: you're tech knowledge is awesome! All hail the forum technology database that is extremelydodgy!
     
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    There is effectively speaking format conversion in any case even if you're writing out WAV data. It doesn't matter if you use FLAC, MA, WAV, etc if you want the integrity of 16/44.1 data retained. It just depends on what formats your CD writing software supports. Arguably the lossless compressed formats such as FLAC are more appropriate to archiving music since they have selfcontained tags and (obviously) occupy less space.


    In the context of this thread, there is no need for WAV conversion. On most typical CD writing software, simply import the MP3 files and specify that you want to create an Audio CD instead of a Data CD (as you would if for example you had a car stereo capable of reading MP3 data discs).


    Just bear in mind that converting to CD does not mean that the audio data thrown away to make the MP3 file a compact size does not magically come back... you'll be merely listening to the lossily compressed MP3 file 'expanded/filled' to uncompressed CD data.
     

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