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Old 12-26-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I haven't done this in 3 years but I want to get some of my CD'S on my PC. I think I use to use Dell Jukebox but I tried, it's not working well, getting frustrated with it. . I have windows media center and windows media player. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Media player will do it. Or iTunes if you want to give it a go.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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Media player will do it. Or iTunes if you want to give it a go.
Just be sure to look through the options and make sure you're ripping your CDs as MP3 files. You don't want to wind up with a bunch of WMA or M4P files.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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Just be sure to look through the options and make sure you're ripping your CDs as MP3 files. You don't want to wind up with a bunch of WMA or M4P files.
This came back to me, THANKS for reminding me in case I want to download to my MP3 player.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:25 PM
 
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I use dBpoweramp. Quick, easy, flawless performance... It'll do everything from WAV to MP3 to lossless WMA or FLAC. You do need to buy the registered version if you want to do MP3s beyond the trial period, but if you have a lot of music to convert it's worth it.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:25 AM
 
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I uploaded 4 CD's to my PC using windows media player but did not do it as mp3 files. Do I have to delete and start over or can I convert them? MP3 files are smaller in size, correct? I use to know this when I was doing it but forgot it. Also I have other software called Sonic, is this any good? I got rid of Dell jukebox, even though I use to use it, it gave me trouble and was freezing on me. I guess they want you to upgrade so the freebie is slow.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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Do I have to delete and start over or can I convert them?
Start over, when you convert a audio track to MP3, WMA or any other lossy format you're compressing it. This compression results in a loss of data, when you recompress from one lossy format to another you're essentially doubling the loss.

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MP3 files are smaller in size, correct?
File size depends on the bitrate, A MP3 or WMA will produce the same size file when using the same bitrate. Typically people will use between 320kbps and 128kbps on the low end. 320 will give you an almost identical quality to the original using either format. 128 is more suitable for ipods and you will most certainly hear distortion when listening to it on a high end audio sytem.

Use MP# because it's the most widely supoorted format, MP3 and WMA are pretty much about the same at higher bitrates. WMA however will produce much better quality audio at lower bitrates especially once you get below the 128 threshold but you don't want to go lower than that for music anyway.

For a really lightweight and simple audio player/manager/converter try Foobar2000: foobar2000
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:37 AM
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Or iTunes if you want to give it a go.
Another vote for iTunes, especially if you plan to get an iPod or an iPhone in the foreseeable future.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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I forgot to note that it's the bitrate that dictates the file size. a 320kbps audio file is larger than one encoded at 128kbps. Having said that with drive sizes and other devices so large nowadays it's kind of pointless to not use 320 unless you are really hurting for space.
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