A few years ago CDs were the primary method of transporting music files and in some cases video and data files; in more recent times the use of CDs has decreased because of the introduction of USB devices which can hold much more data than CDs depending on its storage size, does not take up any extra space to transport, cannot get scratched like a CD, and one can write and rewrite data to a USB devices as many times as desired. CDs are also decreasing in popularity as many mobile devices such as car stereos now support USB devices as well.
MP3 is currently the most popular audio format in use because of its small file size while still maintaining the sound quality of the original file; the MP3 format was created as the audio layer of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video standards. Some mobile CD players and car stereos will play CDs that contain MP3 files but some players cannot play audio files unless they are in the CDA format; this can be a major inconvenience as CDA files are much bigger than MP3 files and a CD with CDA files will only hold about 12 songs while a CD with MP3 files can hold around 140 songs. As a result people often opt to convert their CDA files to MP3 and use a player that can play MP3 files; here are some guidelines for performing the conversion.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
• PC or laptop
• Audio CD
• Ripping application
• Conversion application
• Internet connection
1. Organize the CDs that should be converted to MP3 if there are multiple discs to be done
2. Search online for a CD ripping application. Choices available include Audio Grabber and Music Match Jukebox for free solutions with dBPoweramp being an optional paid solution among others
3. Download and install the chosen application
4. Insert an audio CD into the optical drive and run the installed application
5. If the application supports it the user may opt to lookup disc and track information online so that the ripped files will have the proper names and tags
6. Locate the option to rip the disc to the hard drive and hit it
7. On completion manually open the output folder or open the folder from within the application if supported to reveal the converted files
8. If the program used does not support direct ripping to MP3 and the output files are WAV then download a conversion application such as Format Factory and install it
9. Drag the WAV files into the program and set the output as MP3
10. On completion open the output folder from within the program or manually to reveal the converted files
DO’s AND DONT’s
Don’t rip to WAV before MP3 if the installed program supports going directly to MP3
Don’t settle on the first program found. Ensure that the features are researched beforehand as most modern ripping applications support ripping directly to MP3.
If the program being used supports ripping directly to MP3 then do not pass step 7 above