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Solved transfer music from a cd to a thumb drive to play in a car

January 11, 2013 at 18:42:09
Specs: Windows XP

recently purchased a car that will read a thumb drive. I have never tried to transfer music from a CD to a thumb drive and don't have any idea where to start

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#1
January 11, 2013 at 19:46:56
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You can't transfer (per se) files to any drive on a PC (including thumb drives). CD files are in a .cda (CD Audio) format, so they have to be ripped from the PC to a format that the player in the car can recognize. Likely it'll handle .mp3's and there's a multitude of software out there to rip with. Personally I like CDEx for the control it has (and the ability to rip files to very small sizes---meaning more songs on a drive), plus the fact that it's free. But that's just one of many that's available:

http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/

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#2
January 11, 2013 at 20:41:43

Thanks T-R-A, I have continued to read and discovered what "ripped" meant and have tried a few CDs. I did get a free download and it seems to be working. When I was looking at the thumb drive the saleman gave me I noticed that he had every individual song listed separately. The way I have done it the different CDs appear but it seems to be working fine when I put it in the car. Any other tips?

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#3
January 11, 2013 at 21:57:27

"Any other tips?"

As you become more familiar with ripping, you might find out that files ripped to a lower bit-rate (i.e. 320KB vs 128KB---assuming it's .mp3's) are difficult to distinguish, especially in a moving car. You might want to try some items at both. Likely the 128KB is significantly smaller than the 320KB (allowing you to get the aforementioned more songs on the drive). I don't have a car stereo that can handle USB drives directly (a '95 Saturn with a cassette deck), but I personally rip stuff down to 56KB @ 22KHz. This gives me most songs at 1-3MB each. I put them on my Droid phone and play thru the cassette deck with an adapter. I have over 90 albums that I carry with me at all times.

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#4
January 12, 2013 at 06:58:42

Again T-R-A, thanks a bunch. Appreciate you pointing me in the right direction. I had thought about size of files or compressed methods but really don't know much about that stuff. Will have to continue to explore this topic. Again, much appreciated.

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#5
January 12, 2013 at 09:12:58

Good luck. I'm sure you'll have things figured out quickly.

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