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Down loaded music to CP

Could someone please help a computer-ignorant old man?

I have downloaded music from a website, which came in the form of a zip file, but am only able to play it on my PC. It was possible to burn it onto a disc but the disc is not playable on a CDP. The burned disc does play back on my PC, however.

Have I done something wrong or is it not possible to play downloaded music on a standard player?

Any help is most appreciated.

Thanks.

Mike 

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Audio CD

You need to burn the file as an 'Audio CD' as opposed to a data CD that only computers can read.  Well, some newer CD players are capable of playing _some_other audio formats such as mp3, wma, ect.  Windows Media Player should be able to do it for you.

 

RG

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What format is your audio

What format is your audio that you downloaded in?

song.wav

song.mp3

song.flac

song.ape

 

Most CD players only "understand" song.wav, although maybe 1 out of 10 can understand song.mp3

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A few questions, first...

 

   Well, before we spin off into all sorts of disc and files type definitions, what type and model of CDP are you using. Most newer universal type players will play pretty much anything you throw at them, I know my Oppo does. But if your using an older dedicated CDP or an older OEM automobile unit, there are a few things to look at. First, the CDP may not read CD-R or CD-RW discs, most newer ones will but that was not always the case. Secondly, some dedicated CDPs will only read the normal CD PCM ‘Red Book’ encoding. Most disc burning programs have a music or audio CD option, which will convert the files to the correct PCM data for ‘Red Book’.

 

   But as stated earlier, what type of files are they and what is the CDP?

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Down loaded music to CD

All,

Thanks for your helpful responses.

RG: I never thought of this issue. The software on my PC allows me to download music, from music sites, and burn it to a disc and all works fine. The problem I'm having regards downloads I got from the Bowers & Wilkins site, only.

vid: It is a FLAC file so I assume (dangerous, yes) that it is "song.flac". I will check.

B.S.: I tried playback on several types of CDPs, new to old, but not  on any universal players. All the CDPs I tried do play CD-R & CD-RW discs.

The PC that I'm using is 5 or 6 years old with the software that came with the unit. Never had this problem in the pastand have downloaded both FLAC & AIFF. The downloads from B&W are the first time anything music has come in a zip file.

Is it possible that my software needs to be upgraded? Would the quality of the sound card have any affect on downloads?

Thanks again. Mike

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  Hey Mike,    Okay, so

 

Hey Mike,

   Okay, so they are FLAC files. Your software and PC/soundcard are probably fine. The soundcard will have no affect on downloads, only on playback. Well, since the files are FLACs, you may need to transcode them into WAV files for the actual ‘Red Book’ CD creation. I use Nero for burning. I have also heard the freeware IMG Burn is good. In my version of Nero, all you need to do is drag & drop the WAVs or MP3s (not FLACs, Nero does not do them) into the Nero window, and it will convert the files to CD PCM and start burning. Obviously, you should use WAVs, if possible, for better quality. 

 

   I think I may hear another question, eh? How do I transcode from FLAC to WAV, or anything else for that matter? Well, a lot of players or music managers have that ability. I personally use Foobar2000 and I am pretty sure Media Monkey and J River can also perform the task. WMP and iTunes will probably not work, since they don’t natively do FLAC files (but there may be plug-ins, anyone??).

 

Lee

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transcoding FLAC

Hello Lee,

I did some exploring of my PCs software. It came with Windows Media Player, which I use for ripping and burning, and I had installed Roxio Creator DE which I also use on occassion. Nowhere could I find any mention of WAV so I'm making the assumption I will have to download this software. I will try one of the transcoding softwares you mention and see what happens.

Thanks, again, for helping this old valve man.

Mike

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Could be 24 bit files
roadster wrote:

All,

Thanks for your helpful responses.

RG: I never thought of this issue. The software on my PC allows me to download music, from music sites, and burn it to a disc and all works fine. The problem I'm having regards downloads I got from the Bowers & Wilkins site, only.

Thanks again. Mike

Hi Mike,

The Bowers & Wilkins offers downloads in either standard CD resolution (16bit/44.1kHz) and 24 bit resolution. The 24 bit versions are 24bit/44.1kHz and if burned to a CDR in that resolution then a normal CD player will NOT be able to play the disc.

For the sake of simplicity I suggest that you simply download the standard CD resolution version from B&W and burning those files to a CDR, just make sure that you burn the CDR as an "audio" CD.

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OPERATOR ERROR

jazzfan,

As Lee suggested, I downloaded software to transcode from FLAC to WAV. They transcribed but still no luck playing back on a CDP. (I was using 24bit/44.1kHz resolution.) So I went back to the Bowers & Wilkins site and downloaded in the 16bit/44.1kHz, as per your instructions, transcribed to WAV and all worked fine.

As the saying goes, "When all else fails read the instructions."

Thanks, again, to all for your help.

Mike

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