An MP3 player is easy on the muscles: If you carry an iPod with a full 40 GB hard drive with you when you’re on the road, you’ll be carrying the contents of around 600 CDs with you. This data can be easily transferred to MP3 players. saldo shows how you can copy the music in a short time. The music tracks of the CD cannot be transferred 1:1 to a MP3 player. Playback devices cannot read the format in which they are stored. Therefore you have to put it into a kompri.
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An MP3 player is easy on the muscles: If you have an iPod with a full 40 GB hard disk with you on the road, you carry the contents of about 600 CDs with you. These data can be easily transferred to MP3 players. saldo shows how you can copy the music in a short time. The music tracks of the CD cannot be transferred 1:1 to an MP3 player. The players can’t read the format they are stored in. Therefore, you have to translate them into a compressed format that also saves storage space. The most common format is MP3; however, there are alternatives (see below).
Important default settings
First you have to copy ("rip") the music from the CD to your hard drive. All you need are the familiar programs that are installed on most computers: iTunes for Mac computers and the Media Player included in Windows for PCs. With both programs you can create MP3 files in a few simple steps. Before that some settings are necessary: In iTunes, under "Import settings", you have to set up set the file format to MP3 as well as set the data rate. This value tells in which quality the software records the music.
The higher the data rate, the better the sound quality: A good value for music recordings is 192 kilobits per second (kbit/s). This is enough for those who listen on the go with earbuds. If you connect the computer to larger speakers, you can get a better sound from the audio files with a data rate of 256 or 320 kbit/s. For audio books and other voice recordings, a lower value of 128 kbit/s is sufficient, which requires less memory. Windows Media Player has the same settings in the options menu under "Copy music operate.
If you now put a CD in the drive, the titles of the tracks of the album and the name of the artist appear immediately. Often, the program also displays the correct music genre, because the software downloads the information directly from a database on the Internet. Now you have to transfer the tracks into MP3 format. In iTunes, you click in the menu under "Advanced on "Create MP3 version, with the Media Player on "Copy from medium. The tracks can now be transferred to the device with the same program or special software that comes with the MP3 player.
Enter the title manually
Often it haprt with the naming: The software finds no information in the net, if one wants to copy audio books, albums of unknown artists or own CD compilations on MP3. The CD is simply called "Unknown Album and the title "Track. Since many MP3 players sort the tracks according to this information, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Therefore, information such as artist and album title should be entered manually. This is easy to do in iTunes (right-click, then click on "Information"). There is a better PC alternative for the Windows Media Player: The freeware "MP3Tag" helps to assign song information, so-called tags, easily and quickly. Select the songs you want, type in the information, and save.
Not too loud, not too quiet
Anyone who compiles music tracks from different CDs knows the problem: Sometimes one track is much louder than the previous one, sometimes much quieter. The different volume levels of recordings can be easily tuned, or "normalized" in technical jargon. Although iTunes and Media Player come with rudimentary normalization features, specialized software is better for this: The freeware "MP3 Gain" Normalizes tracks on both Mac and PC computers.
If the tracks are from different CDs, you should use "Radio Gain Mode" dial. Attention: The software overwrites the original music files. Therefore, it is worth making a copy of the data beforehand in case you are not satisfied with the new volume of the pieces.
Memory saving formats
MP3 is not the only format for storing compressed music. These are the most popular alternatives: