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Downloading & burning music. (formats)

by jayhawkfan90 / February 15, 2007 7:54 AM PST

Hi. I tried to read through the previous threads to get this answer, but am more confused than ever.

I am going to make a CD of songs for a 50th Anniversary present. I located all the songs I need at WalMart's site.

I want the CD to be as versatile as possible, but know it definitely needs to play in a CD "boom box." I would also like it to be able to play from a computer. Car if possible, but the boom box definitely.

My questions are: their FAQ says that the files are .wma format.
1. What format do I need these to be in to make sure they play in the boom box? I saw in another thread that it needs to be .wav. Another said something like .wma. In other words, can I download from this WalMart site and have a versatile CD?

2. When I burn the music onto the disc, is it better to use a slow speed. I saw that some people had trouble with the playback when they burned at high speeds.

3. Is it preferable to use a CDR vs CDRW?

As for software, I have Media Center, RealPlayer, MusicMatch, Windows Media Player.

Does it matter which I use or does that depend on the format it is download in? Do I need something else?

I feel like my parents still trying to learn how to work the VCR! I am behind the times. I appreciate any and all assistance as this project is somewhat important to me.

Thanks all!


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You will need to burn an audio cd
by ktreb / February 15, 2007 12:50 PM PST

1. Audio cd format, similar to .wav - each cd holds 80 minutes of music. Will play in most computers, boom boxes, and car players.

2. I've never bothered with tinkering with speeds. I just use the maximum possible. Maybe someone else can chime in.

3. Use CDR. CDRWs do not work in boom boxes or car players unless they are labeled that they do.

You will probably need to use Windows Media Player.

I'm including the link from WalMart regarding burning CDs:

Good Luck!

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Thanks! What about their .wma format...
by jayhawkfan90 / February 16, 2007 7:10 AM PST

Thanks so much ktreb! I appreciate the help. I assume since Walmart states that they download in .wma format that I convert the files to .wav when I burn the CD??

Anyway, thanks for the link to the Walmart page. Funny, I read some of their FAQ, just not the right ones!

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Yes, conversion is automatic
by ktreb / February 16, 2007 3:49 PM PST

Although what your burning is an audio cd. For most music software, this is the default (and sometimes the only option), which is what you want to use.

I don't know which version of Windows Media Player you are using. I'm including a link to WMP 11 How to Center, just in case. It covers basics that can apply to earlier versions of WMP as well as other music software. The concepts are basically the same.

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Thanks again ktreb!
by jayhawkfan90 / February 16, 2007 10:38 PM PST

I can't thank you enough for your assistance. Its about time I move to the "digital music age." Have a great day!

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