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Old 03-07-2013, 10:25 PM
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Audio help from PC person needed

I would like to copy many of my old audio CD's that I bought to a flash drive that I can run through the USB port in the center consul. I don't have the radio manual with me so I don't remember the formats that are supported. I would like to copy the songs into the best price performer of the formats. In other words, I think lossless would take up to much space but MP3 would suffer too much in audio quality. I have about 20 to 30 favorite albums I want to copy. I have two questions:

1. What format should I copy to that is supported and is the best price performer?
2. What is the best PC program to use to do this copying?
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:06 AM
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I use 192k or 256k MP3. There's some compression, but you're in a car and I don't find it noticeable. The radio will also support the .wav format.

On the program side, I believe that Window Media Player will do it in Windows 7. That's not what I use, but what I use is no longer available.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:45 AM
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I think you can only use mp3 and wav
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:09 AM
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What is the quality diff between mp3 and wav? I believe I read somwhere that you can rip to 320kb in mp3. What bit rate is .wav?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:20 AM
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WAV is usually uncompressed LPCM and the file sizes are going to be huge. In that format, you're looking at 10 MB a minute for file size, which is why a 740 MB cd typically could hold 74 minutes of music.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:40 AM
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If you are going to a USB stick space in not such and issue

If you are going to a USB stick space in not such and issue
Since you can get a 16gb usb stick pretty cheaply these days(or even more).
If you are going to a CD Disk with your Mp3 's at 320 you can get about 50 tunes
per disk, about a 4 to one compression and I can't tell the difference
between that and a Cd. If you have Itunes you can export as a play list to a usb
stick I believe you can make cd's in any format itunes supports.
I bought a little utility off the net the allows you to copy your itunes playlists to a usb
stick in the format they are in .
I believe the BMW radio cd support both mp3 and wav not sure about the rest but can't see how
it wouldn't do apple stuff.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:07 PM
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What car does this apply to? Your "Mein auto" indicates a Porsche Boxster, why would any of these answers apply to your Boxster? Are you asking in this forum because you also own a E9x BMW? If so, specify what year and model, as audio options vary almost from year-to-year in an E9x.
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