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41. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

This one is free...
http://www.e-soft.co.uk/

Pretty cheap....
http://www.wma-mp3.com/

(I hate to see wasted music;) )

42. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

However, most of my cd's i saved in WMA format and it doesn't support that. I've now got to convert it to MP3. Do you know any decent software that can do this??

I'm currently using Audiograbber (freeware) which is very good, and they suggest some oterh bits as well which may be even better. Aparently Windows Media Player 10 also does it and is free, but not used it.

WMA are also huge compared to MP3s, so it makes sense even though it takes longer

43. Posted by floridaade (Full Member 24 posts) 11y

I was using this one which was fine, though not free after the trial.
http://www.download.com/3000-2167-10018979.html Virtuosa

Windows Media files are actually said to be of higher quality at lower bitrates so that means smaller files.
http://www.extremetech.com/print_article2/0,2533,a=123493,00.asp Audio Codec Shootout

Theres an easy but pain in the a##e way around the iTunes DRM too that will enable you to play them on your Sony . If you have downloaded any music from iTunes you'll notice that it saves them to a purchased music folder, simply burn to a CD as Wavs, then rerip as MP3 files.

Ade

PS Finally figured out how the links thing here works !!

44. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

For those of you unsure about what MP3 player to buy, i'll let you know about this one that i have just brought

http://products.sony.co.uk/sony_nw-dh3.asp

I'm not going to compare it to the i-pod because i've never had one.

I picked up the Sony NWHD3 player for £199 off Amazon. After installing the software (which locked up first time, but installed within seconds 2nd time round), i realised that most of my music was saved in WMA format. The Sony only supports MP3 and it's own ATRAC software. The songs i had in MP3 format i just dumped onto my new MP3 player in no time at all. All the rest of my cd's had to be converted which was a real pain. Eventually though, i managed to transfer all my music onto the mp3 player (to save an album from CD to the Sony ATRAC library takes about 3/4 minutes, then you just transfer on the mp3 player which takes a few seconds.) Now, the good news starts. It stores your music in easy to manage folders, and it is easy to navigate your way round the Sony. The sound quality is exceptionally good, although the volume level could be more generous. The battery life is supposed to be 30 hours, i've only used mine for a few hours so i've not tested that yet. Personally, i think it looks great, though the case you get is not too good, though not a big deal to buy a better, more practical one. Now, all my music in the future will be stored in MP3/ATRAC format then getting music onto the MP3 player will be dead easy now. After initial teething problems of converting music formats, i think this is a great product and look forward to taking it on my travels.

Hope this helps anyone looking for an mp3. I'm not a gadget person generally, and usually fumble my way around anything like this, so thet fact that i found it easy to use, means everyone else will - just be wary what format you music is saved in.

45. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Somebody must know of one, but is there a really quick way of converting CD's to MP3s. My current way is working fine, but they take a long time and at this rate i'll be b*gegring off before i get the chance to convert half of my collection

46. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

Somebody must know of one, but is there a really quick way of converting CD's to MP3s. My current way is working fine, but they take a long time and at this rate i'll be b*gegring off before i get the chance to convert half of my collection

iTunes works very well for me and has a nice little 'Get CD Track Names' button which saves you typing a LOT of information about every song/cd. You can set iTunes to import in three different quality MP3 formats under Preferences - Import.

I used to use Musicmatch Jukebox or something similar but lost tons of time typing all the names of the CD's, not to mention annoying pop ups saying I should buy the extended version continuously.

I don't know of any converters from WMA to MP3, if that's what you are after, but I am sure there must be some out there somewhere.... personally I'd recommend MP3 anyway, since it is most widely accepted and fits with most different players, regardless of brand.

HtH!

47. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

ahem...scroll up to the top of this page! ;)

48. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Problem with that is my MP3 player doesn't (yet) have a Mac connection software, whilst my PC is on Win 98, so can't take itunes. I also only have a tiny HDD on it so i need to be able to turn them around quite quickly and download them frequently.

I just want something that can do it quicker than about an hour-90mins per CD, but will try the e-soft (was already going to, cheers Joz) later and see if that's better

49. Posted by floridaade (Full Member 24 posts) 11y

Sam I Am is right iTunes works just fine. And there isn't really many quicker ways and if there is you're only talking a couple of minutes saved. Maybe you're ripping at a high bit rate which will take longer? I usually rip my CDs at 160kbps, the other standard settings by most are (lower) 128kbps and (higher) 192kbps.

Get iTunes free from Apple of course. If you dont know how to change settings in iTunes Edit > Preferences > click Importing tab > Import Using: MP3 Encoder > Setting (shows the three bitrates above or the 'custom' option). If you click on 'Custom' setting it gives you the option of various bitrates from ultra low quality 16kbps up to high quality (where you'd be very hard pressed to hear the difference from the original file) 320kbps.

Hope that makes sense. The Lame encoder is probably the fastest but you need to be maybe a bit more of an advanced user. iTunes is pretty cool and its free. I dont know of another free ripper as good and as full featured to be honest. Musicmatch is slower and buggy and has infernal nag screens (well at least the free one does).

Hope thats some help

Ade

LAME

50. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

i tried a few of wma to mp3 converters, but kept getting copyright error messages. Wish i had known to set my default saving for music to mp3 format instead of WMA, would have saved me a fair bit of time.

The Sony software also gets all song/album info for you automatically.