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Post by Siberman on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 1:18 pm

I recently splurged on a new PC with Windows 7 and a new car disc player as well. The player has a USB port.

Here's the question: How do I put my CD tracks on one of those little USB drives so I can listen to them in the car?
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 1:23 pm

What type of new stereo did you get? If you have a model number I'll look up the file types it is able to play and walk you through it. :-)
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Post by Shank on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 1:28 pm

I'd guess as long as you have the files in mp3 or wav file formats all you'll have to do is drag and drop (copy/paste) the music files you want to listen to onto a USB thumbdrive and plug it into you're car stereo. Most players these days will support the mp3 format because it's fairly standard, and you can even seperate your files into folder, separating albums by folders for example...
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 2:05 pm

It is highly likely that it will play mp3's. But CDs (or rather the software that you use) likely will not automatically import to an easy to use filetype. If you happen to use iTunes here's some help.

Go into the iTunes properties and find the import properties section. Here's a screenshot from mine (but I'm on a mac).


After that a window should come up giving you the option to change the file type from AAC to MP3.


At this point you'll have your iTunes setup to import CDs into an MP3 automatically. Any files from new CDs you import should work in your car at that point.

Then you'll be able to drag and drop files from the itunes/itunesmusic/... folder just fine. Music you buy from iTunes is a whole different animal.
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Post by Siberman on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 8:06 pm

It's a Sony "Explode" and it will play MP3. Thanks for the tips, Matt. I was under the impression that Media Player could convert the files . Oh well. Rolling Eyes Time to learn some new software.
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 8:16 pm

I can do some research on windows media player and get a tutorial on that for you if that's what you use. I only did iTunes because it is the most popular so it was the one you were most likely already using. I'll have a few minutes to check it out and put something together this evening. :-)
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Post by DonnieP on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 9:16 pm

From one old man to another, yes windows media player will, just pop in the cd and at the top of media player click on rip settings and set to mp3 then click rip cd, it that easy. Once you have ripped the cd into a folder just put in the thumb drive and drag your songs to it.
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Post by Grimreefer on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 10:06 pm

Let me know if your looking for any music in particular. I have about 60 gig on my computer now. May have something you want. Also have about 300 CD's to download to my computer. Downloading sux.

Maybe I should post this under things that piss me off.

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Post by Shank on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 2:10 am

DonnieP wrote:From one old man to another, yes windows media player will, just pop in the cd and at the top of media player click on rip settings and set to mp3 then click rip cd, it that easy. Once you have ripped the cd into a folder just put in the thumb drive and drag your songs to it.

I used Windows Media Player for quite some time and can say with certainty that after 'ripping' the songs off of a cd, you will also be able to download these files through Windows Media Player, it will recognize your thumbdrive (or in my case, external hard drive) as a removable mp3 player or storage device and you can click and drag the songs you want onto the thumbdrive by dropping the selected files into the right hand panel
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Post by Win on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 9:24 am

open my computer, right click your cd drive, click "control + A", then press "control + c" then open your flash drive, then press control + v. you have now copied the cd to the flash drive. Smile

sony explode should play just about any format available. i used to have a pantera disography disc and it had like 500 songs on it, and it would play it Smile

i know they will play cd-rw, mp3, and wma's
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Post by DonnieP on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 10:41 am

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I knew that sounded to easy to be true, I followed what you said and on windows 7 at least all I get is a 1K of each track with nothing in it. If that would have worked, it would put the cd on the thumb drive in tracks which takes about twenty times the storage room. The songs have to be converted and encoded first to a playable format, mp3 is the best.
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Post by Win on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 12:36 pm

well... the way i got mine set up it automatically downloads and converts a cd and adds it to my library. thats where i copy/pasted mine from. i suppose your right.
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Post by Siberman on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:14 pm

Screw it. I still have a grocery sack full of 8-tracks. Anybody know where I can get a player ? lol!
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Post by Win on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:17 pm

i just threw away an 8 track player i had in my 64 chevy a while back! sorry id have gave it to you! Sad
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Post by Siberman on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:29 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! affraid
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Post by DonnieP on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:33 pm

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Don't give up, its really easy once you figure it out. easiest thing to do is pop the cd in computer, bring up windows media player, at the top of the player is a tab say "rip settings", go there and click on "Format" in the window that comes up check "mp3" next click on "audio Quality" and check "128 kbps smallest size". Then click the rip button at the top of the player, after the cd is ripped the files will be in your documents in the folder called "My Music" here is where you highlight all the music files, click the first file one time it turns blue the hold down shift key and use the arrow keys on keyboard and push the down arrow, all files will turn blue, they are now ready to grabed with the mouse and dragged over to the thumb drive and released. This will put them on the drive ready to use.
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Post by Siberman on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:42 pm

Grimreefer wrote:Let me know if your looking for any music in particular. I have about 60 gig on my computer now. May have something you want. Also have about 300 CD's to download to my computer. Downloading sux.

Maybe I should post this under things that piss me off.

I like all music , Tony. My library consists of everything from the "Arena Rock" of the 70's (personal favorite) to reggae, C&W , bagpipes (Celtic bloodline, what can I say?) , Gregorian chants , classical , disco, Native American , ad infinitum.

I even have a few Zydeco albums on LP. Laughing

Remember the "picture disks" from the 1980's that had the album cover imprinted on the LP ? I have Heart's "Dreamboat Annie" still in the plastic. Wink
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Post by Siberman on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:46 pm

DonnieP wrote:Siberman
Don't give up, its really easy once you figure it out. easiest thing to do is pop the cd in computer, bring up windows media player, at the top of the player is a tab say "rip settings", go there and click on "Format" in the window that comes up check "mp3" next click on "audio Quality" and check "128 kbps smallest size". Then click the rip button at the top of the player, after the cd is ripped the files will be in your documents in the folder called "My Music" here is where you highlight all the music files, click the first file one time it turns blue the hold down shift key and use the arrow keys on keyboard and push the down arrow, all files will turn blue, they are now ready to grabed with the mouse and dragged over to the thumb drive and released. This will put them on the drive ready to use.

I shall attempt to overcome this challenge unto the death, suh! Very Happy
No biggie, I'll get it. I'm just tired of scratching up my CDs in the car. Wink
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Post by DonnieP on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 5:58 pm

Let me throw another wrench in the mix. My truck system plays cd, dvd,usb, and sd card. I store all my music on sd card because the player will read the sd card ten times as fast as the usb, they may not all be that way but mine is. You put music on the sd card the same way you put it on the flash drive but for me the sd card works much better and a 8 gig sd card will hold a few thousand songs at 128 kbps, thats good enough quality to save mp3's in, anything over that is pretty much a waste of space unless you want your music to sound like you are in a orchestra room. You can fiddle with the quality settings if you want better quality but for a car audio system 128 is fine.
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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 11:42 pm

I have anything from Travis Tritt to Kenny G. I like a wide range to. Kiss, Ozzy, metallica and things of this nature is my favorite though.

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Post by matt_longview on Wed 09 Mar 2011, 12:18 am

I'm going to have to stop hanging out with ya'll after hearing your music tastes. Sorry guys. Lol
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Post by Win on Wed 09 Mar 2011, 7:50 am

its 5:45 am, WAKE UP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Txvt6tTKo
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Post by matt_longview on Wed 09 Mar 2011, 9:51 am

... go back to sleep. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u57d4_b_YgI&feature=related
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Post by Win on Wed 09 Mar 2011, 11:57 am

o dear god thats entirely to happy for me LOL
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