It is easy to amass a huge collection of MP3 songs by downloading music online, but without a portable MP3 player there?s nowhere to keep them but on the home computer. This isn?t necessarily the safest way to store MP3 music downloads, though. If the computer crashes, all those MP3 songs would be lost. It is possible, however, to transfer all those MP3 songs to CDs for backup.
MP3 music files, like other types of data that people store on computers, need to be backed up. Many people have their MP3 songs stored on portable MP3 players as well as on their computers. In any case, it?s still good to know how to transfer MP3 songs onto CDs. Not only is it the easiest and most affordable way to back up MP3 music files, but it also makes the songs and music playable at any location. Not everyone has an MP3 player, but by transferring MP3 songs onto CDs it?s possible to make mixed play lists to give to friends or bring on long car trips that everyone can enjoy.
Most CD burning software can convert MP3 music files into CD files automatically. By simply building up a collection of MP3 songs and burning them onto a CD, anyone can back up all their MP3 music files. Before the CD is burned, the MP3 songs will be converted into Compact Disc Audio files. This is done automatically with many CD burning programs, but consumers can also take more control of the CD burning process if they so desire.
For instance, some software programs have an easy audio editor that allows consumers to break up MP3 music files and use filters such as equalization, noise reduction or stereo widening. If the CD burning software does not provide these extra features, consumers can continue to process the MP3 music files before burning the CD. In this circumstance, they?ll need dedicated audio editing software. There are a variety of commercial programs available online to choose from, which consumers can peruse when they?re downloading music online.
When getting MP3 songs ready to burn to a CD, one of the most helpful editing functions is to normalize all of the MP3 music files. Normalization is a process that smoothes out the differences in volume between different tracks. This ensures that the CD will play at about the same loudness, since not all MP3 songs will necessarily play at the same volume.
After editing the MP3 music files, they will need to be saved to WAV files. Converting MP3 to WAV must be done before they can be converted to CD without using the automatic conversion software. Most people burn their MP3 songs to a CD-R, which can only be recorded on once. A newer model CD player can handle this type of CD, but an older CD player may not be able to identify them.
Rather than converting MP3 music files to audio CD files, consumers can also burn MP3 songs directly to a CD in their original format. This is beneficial because it allows people to store a lot more music on one CD, and they can be played on many CD and DVD players as well as a computer CD-ROM. The MP3 songs may not be separated as the CD plays, though, and they will all play together as one really long song. Or there may be so many songs that it?s hard to find a particular track. One way to solve this problem is to use them on a DVD player connected to a home theater system, because the tracks will usually be displayed on the TV. It?s that simple.