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How do I down load music to a CD?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46938points) November 25th, 2011

I looked to see if this has been answered before. Everything seems to be geared toward Ipods n stuff. I want to down load to a CD. Have no idea where to start

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Blackberry's avatar

You can’t download directly from the internet to a CD, but you can download or upload songs on to your computer, then insert a disc and use a burn program to select which songs to put on your CD (from your computers hard drive).

Windows Media Player has a burn program, and most computers have a default program as well. Once you insert the blank disc, a prompt should come up that ask if you want to burn a disc, and it will take you to the program.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You da man, @Blackberry! Thanks!

Dutchess_III's avatar

How do I down load the files to the Media Player?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m stuck and I can’t get up….

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m downloading MusicOasis…

Dutchess_III's avatar

No, I’m not. Install failed. Please help! Where do I go?

Blackberry's avatar

Lol! It’s been awhile since I’ve used WMP, not sure :(

Dutchess_III's avatar

WMP? I know my daughter used to use LimeWire, but it hung up my computer.

Blackberry's avatar

@Dutchess_III Limewire is the 56k of programs. It’s really old and not very safe. And WMP is Windows Media Player.

Dutchess_III's avatar

So what do I used instead?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Downloading Imesh….

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I am going to strip you of Da Man award if you keep ignoring me!!!!

jrpowell's avatar

Or just use iTunes. Create a playlist and add what you want to burn to it. Make sure all the songs add up to less than 70 minutes. Right-Click the playlist and select to option to burn.

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jerv's avatar

@Dutchess_III For peer-to-peer, I totally ignore anything related to Limewire; it uses the Gnutella network, which is an old, mostly abandoned network that wwas never great in teh first place.

iTunes is better for the limited stock that Apple carries, but if your musical tastes are like mine, you have at best a 50/50 shot at finding what you want there. They are missing most of Stuart Hamm, and I didn’t see a single cut by Marc A. Pullen, the 26:35 cut of sandstorm vs. Blow Your Mind, or the German Techno cover of Rubber Ducky, so iTunes is utterly useless to me. iMesh is not much better, though either may work for those with normal tastes in music.

I use clients based on the eMule network. However, eMule Plus requires a bit of street smarts to avoid infection, and MLDonkey (a multi-network client that can handle eDonkey, BitTorrent, and others) is tricky to configure; it is a two-part thing with a front and a back end, and setting the Sancho GUI up to start the MLdonkey core properly before loading is more of an art than a science.

But regardless of how you get the file onto your computer, you need a way to turn a collection of music files into a CD that can be read by a normal CD player. WMP can do that, iTunes can do it, MP3 CD Doctor (My “quick and dirty” tool of choice) can do it, the Nero and Roxio suites that came with my optical drives can do it… there are plenty of programs that can turn your MP3 and WMA files into an audio CD.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, you guys need to understand…when it comes to this particular process you’re talking to a kindergartener. I have never down loaded music before. I don’t know where to start. I down loaded a program called iMesh. There is a bar that says “drag tracks here.” WMP has the same thing, so I assume the iMesh thing is redundant and I don’t need it. But I don’t know where to go to get the music. I don’t know where to go to get tracks to drag there. I can’t drag them directly from YouTube, cause I tried! I feel stupid

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Wait…..I think I’m figuring it out..

jerv's avatar

First you get things to your hard drive in some spot where you know where they are (I often go right into My Music.) You use iTunes or iMesh or something similar to do that. FOr getting stuff from YouTube, you need to find a way to download just the audio portion, or to download the video then strip the audio out to make a music file. That is why I like Firefox, as it has extensions that make that part easy.

If that isn’t clear, I will go into more detail… but later since I am on my way out the door as I type.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Where do I go to get the things? I had iMesh downloaded, but it just looked like WMP so I uninstalled it.

I downloaded iTunes and I could see easily where to get the music, but they want to charge for it.

Are there any free music sites?

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From what I’m understanding, I can just use WMP to burn the music, but what websites HAVE the music?

jerv's avatar

Sites don’t often have free music for the more mainstream stuff. There are some that may put out samples, but it’s uncommon to get a full song (as opposed to just a clip) for free, and outright rare to get a full album from anybody other than a small-time indy artist.

So, it REALLY depends on what you are looking for.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’d be more into 60 and 70’s, some 80’s.
Tell me…if I found a site, do I just click and drag the song into WMP?

jerv's avatar

No. Right-click and “Save as…”, or “Save link as…”

Here is some legal free music from one of my favorite bands, Abney Park

Try it from there just to get the hang of downloading and saving. Once you get that down, then worry about finding the music you like. It will also give me a few minutes to think of places to look.

jerv's avatar

Just dragging it will only get you a shortcut to the location on the ‘net; it won’t get you the actual song.

Dutchess_III's avatar

So, say I want to get Joe Tex singing “I gottcha!” Do I just google that song?

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And everything seems geared to MP3s…..I am so confused. A friend of ours downloaded about a zillion songs on just 5 CD’s. Each CD held about 60 songs. How did he do that?

jerv's avatar

I found that song for sale at a few places with a quick Google search; it might be hard (but not impossible) to find a free download of it. There is a reason much of my older music collection is from CDs I own; it makes it easier to find.

MP3 is a popular format, so expect to see a lot of it. Most devices support MP3 and WMA, and many (though not all) support other file types as well, but those two are far and away the most common. AAC is also common as it is used my the iPod, but not all devices support it. However, some places offer multiple formats.

As for putting 60 CDs on a single CD, that tells me that their CD player supports formats other than just plain old audio. For instance, my home theater system can read a CD that has MP3 files on it and it will play them, but my old car stereo could not read that disc. Many (but not all) CD players can also read such a disc, but many cannot. It’s safe to assume that if you put that disc in an older/cheaper CD player, it would not play.

If you re-sample audio files to 128kbps MP3 format, you can fit an entire regular CD worth of music in 55–60 MB without losing much sound quality, and a CD can hold 650–700MB, allowing you to put up to a dozen full-length music CDs onto a single CD-ROM… but, as stated above, not all CD players can handle that format.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I thought MP3 was a physical device. Are you saying it’s just a format?

jerv's avatar

Yes, MP3 is just a file format.

The physical devices are often called MP3 players as they are a player capable of turning an MP3 file into music. Even that is a little bit of a misnomer though since many handle other formats, so some call them just “music players”, or “media players”. Some even call all such devices “iPod” for the same reason all cellophane tape is called “Scotch tape”, or all photocopiers are called “Xerox” regardless of who actually makes them.

Etymology lesson aside, an MP3 is nothing but a computer file; intangible 1s and 0s that some electronic devices can store and decode into something you can actually hear.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. Wow. That helps remove one road block, anyway. I’ll keep working on it. Thanks for your patience @jerve.

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I’m baaack. Everytime I Google something, like, “Joe Tex I gotcha free download,” the only hits I get are for the downloading programs. I have iTunes downloaded so I don’t need anything else….just the music. And I can’t find it.

jerv's avatar

iTunes has a limited selection though.

Look at it like this; imagine all you have for stores in your town is a plain old supermarket. Sure, they have a section for automotive supplies so you can pick up a quart of oil or a gallon of wiper fluid, but what if you need a fuel filter for an ‘85 Corolla or an intake manifold gasket for ‘94 VW Golf?

By the same token, I don’t think iTunes has the Ozzy Osbourne/Dweezil Zappa cover of Stayin’ Alive, and I know for a fact that it doesn’t have most of the stuff that one of my friends likes (he is into 50s music); they pretty much cater to the masses with Pop and for us older folks Classic Rock, with a little bit of pseudo-esoteric stuff like Rap and Country, but nothing terribly outside of mainstream.

Let me see what I can find for that song…. and it won’t be from iTunes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

K. Thanks. Why don’t you just come over and watch football and drink beer and download music for me! Go to Kansas and head south. You cain’t miss the house!
Also…let me know what words you’re using to search.
This is so much more frustrating than I ever dreamed it would be! Thanks for sticking with me, @jerv.

jerv's avatar

I did a little digging using “Joe Tex I gotcha free download”, found this about halfway down the page, and used nothing more than a web page to download it; no program (other than a browser) required!

It can be a hassle looking for stuff though. Searching online isn’t like looking things up at the local library. The library has no spam, no misleading ads, no hidden fees, no “bait and switch”... basically none of the bullshit that finding stuff online entails. Internet searching is not even a science really; it’s more of an art that calls for a certain intuition. With practice, you can learn a few tricks that make things somewhat easier, but for every hard-and-fast rule, there are at least two exceptions.

I also find it frustrating at times, and I’ve been doing it ever since the Internet became more than just a university/military thing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

But that means downloading the 4share program, which is just like WMP and iTunes, right?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wah!! I actually got it downloaded to WMP…and it’s playing. I can hear it, and see it playing at the bottom of the WMP screen, but I can’t find it in the list anywhere! I clicked on “Recent downloads,” and found the one I was practicing with (Abney Park) but not the one I just now downloaded! (BTW…I had NO IDEA my kids have been downloading all those artists, like Korn and Krap! Sheesh. I want to put that stuff away. Although she does have CCR in the list so I shall let her live.)
I’m getting closer….I so owe you some Christmas candy!

jerv's avatar

I got that song without downloading any 4share program, or any other program. I went to a web ppage and downloaded that song just like any other file.

Did you save the file, or did you tell it to open the song with WMP? Every time I go to download a file, I get a dialog box asking whether to save it or just open it. THe default is often “Open with…”, so you have to change that in order to actually save the song to your hard drive.

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FWIW, Korn is pretty good if your tastes run a little heavy, though I prefer Slipknot, Children of Bodom, or old-school Slayer when I am in the mood for anything heavy, Darude or Kernkraft 400 for tuning out the world, or good old Abney Park for… well, most things since they actually have quite a wide range (heavy, light, dance-y, jazzy, folky… depends on the song.).
I think it safe to say that that is a generational thing… though I grew up with Queen, Eagles, Boston (their 4th album sucked :P), and all the other things that are now considered “Classic Rock” yet still like some of the stuff from as recent as a few years ago and the occasional current hit. I remember CCR. Mom had Cosmos Factory on vinyl. Never really got into them though; always preferred the Eagles.

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