help burning cd's, pleeeeeeeeease

  1. okay some of you young chickens, or old young 'uns...

    I'm trying to burn a mp3 and have determined I can't burn it without converting it to a wav. Next, I learned I need to download some decoder or encoder. Well, as I start looking at that suff, I see all this about ripping and stuff...

    anyone care to give me a crash course and define some of this stuff and recommend software, etc?

    any help is appreciated!

    dang this computer stuff is starting to make me feel old!
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   kewlnurse
    Your burner should of came with software that does this automatically. You only need to convert the file if you want to play it in your car/home stereo. Also ou must use CD-R formated disc's, the CD-RW will only work in your computer. has a lot of info on burning, more than i can tell you for sure, plus they have the d/l's if you need different software.
  4. by   nurs4kids
    thanks kewl!!
  5. by   thisnurse
    you have to get a program that converts mp3 to wav. my burner did not have that program. another good source for downloads is

    most of these are shareware. they let you try them for a certain amount of time or a certain number of conversions for free. there are tons of them.
    yesterday, i got audio fan. i chose that one because its small. i can use it for 15 days and then it expires. at that time i will get rid of it and try another one. its very easy to use.

    the thing you have to be careful of is that you make sure you delete the wav files after you burn them. they are huge and take up a lot of space on your disc.
    i made two folders on my desktop. one is called christmas and the other is called output. i put all the mp3's in the christmas folder then burn them into the output folder. after the cd is finished i delete both folders.

    another little related tid bit i have found for those who use WINMX...after you download a couple of songs, reboot. otherwise your connection will be weak. i dunno if that works for everyone but i sure found out the hard way.
  6. by   kennedyj
    keep in mind that you will only be able to play mp3's on your computer or in an mp3 player. wav's can only play on your computer. If you want to play an mp3 in your car you will need to download a mp3 to cda program which you can find easily at

  7. by   fergus51
    Can some of you technically intelligent people explain some MP3 stuff to me? My boyfriend wants one as a birthday present and I don't know what I am doing!!! Xmas is stressful enough without worrying about what to buy someone inconsiderate enough to have been born in January!

    Is there a difference between MP3 players and MP3CD players or is it the same thing? How much memory is decent (32, 64, 128 MB)? Can you take more music with you than what the memory will allow (he has a zillion CDs and I can't see him being satisfied with only being able to listen to a few hours of music. Someone told me 64 MB=2 hours worth, but can't we take another disc or card with more music on it)? Where do you get the music from? Do you pay for it? How much does it cost? I am so stupid when it comes to this stuff I went to the mp3 website and I am still just as confused. Any help would REALLY be appreciated! Any recomendations on what kind to buy would also be a big help.

    Merry Christmas!!
  8. by   RN6699
    For my birthday last month I received a cdr (cd rewritable) and software titled "Easy CD Creator Basic". I have made many a cd since then. The software automatically transforms the mp3 files into wav files. It is also user friendly. I also got CD Stomper which is a program that lets you make your own cd covers and jewel case covers. Be sure to get cdr instead of cdrw discs for music. I agree that once you get your music on a cd, get rid of the files on your hard drive...takes up way too much space
  9. by   kennedyj

    There are several mp3 players out there. Most are similar to a walkman cd player. It also depends on how compressed the mp3 song is. The more compressed the smaller the file. An average compressed song may be as small as 2 mb, which means you could put 32 songs on a 64mb card. Some songs may be 8 mb too. when you get tried you can erase and change the songs on your memory card. You can also buy mp3 players for home stereo systems too and for your car. A good site I liek is

    hope this info helps.
  10. by   fergus51
    Thanks, just one more question: Do you need to have access to a computer to change what music is on your player (for vacations and such that would be a bummer)?
  11. by   thisnurse
    i dont think too much of the mp3 players. they seem more of a pain in the ass than anything.
    get him a burner instead. that way he can use any medium to play his songs...on any cd player or tape the cd and use a cassette deck.
    that way you can play your music anywhere. with an mp3 player you can only play your music on that or on your computer.
    maybe he has some other reason for wanting one...i dunno.
  12. by   frann
    I just get my hubby to do it.

    I'm computer illiterate.:roll :roll :roll
  13. by   CEN35
    my burner burns from mp3 i'm not sure what you all are talking about