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    Audio CD Image Files

    I have both Nero (v6) and Ashampoo Burning Studio v7.

    I cannot figure how I can burn an image file that will play, so that I can play my CD's from my hard drive.

    Isn't it possible to have it all in a single playable file instead of ripping and storing single-track audio files?

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Good morning

    I do not use either of these so cannot comment, however I use the free Windows Media Player and you can easily change the settings to automatically copy to H/D any CD that you are playing, it thens makes a library of all of your CD titles by Genre etc. and you can make your own bespoke playlists by picking different tracks from different stored CD's, hope that helps

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Steve:

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    By storing, are you just referring to separate individual ripped tracks? That's the part I'm looking for a way around.

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Hi Chuck

    If in the WMP you select 'Rip' and then 'More options' you can set up to rip all of your CD's as soon as you insert them (see screenshot below), this stores the whole CD to your H/D, this Christmas 'She who must be obeyed' had me rip her extensive collection of Christmas CD's onto my laptop and we used it as a random jukebox during the festivities.

    You can take individual tracks from any stored albums on your HD and make bespoke playlists, I have one for in the summer when I am having BBQ's which I cal 'Easy Listening' and it will play non stop for hours on end.

    Hope that helps

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Chuck, I think a song is a song and as far as I know you can't combine multiple "song files" into a single, playable file. If there's a way, I think it would have to be a specialty third-party program that I've not come across.

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    The songs on a CD are not a single file. To get a single playable file you'd have to RIP the CD and then combine the individual files into a single file. You could use an editing program something like Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder. Then you could delete the individual files. That seems like a lot of work for a negligible benefit.

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    > add MP3 to zip file ... set compression to "none" ... rename the resulting Track01.zip to Album.mp3

    Neat trick. Does it cause volume problems between tracks? I have found that when I binary joined MP3 files which play continuously on an album, the volume equalization causes problems; at the track change point, the volume will drop or jump. For that reason I have ripped certain albums or certain track combinations as *.WAV, then run a binary join on the WAV files, then converted the final to a single MP3 file. (Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon comes to mind.)
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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Hi John,

    > Does it cause volume problems between tracks?

    I'm not sure. In practice I don't join MP3s. I like playlists best, since I can listen to whole albums while keeping tracks (and files) separate for whatever other purpose. I remember doing the binary join thing (it's done via DOS-like commands, right? I'm not very literate in DOS) when I read about "ZIP joins" for the first time.

    My belief is that in essence they are the same, save for a little header that Winzip will add to the ZIP file, even with Compression = None. If you check file size at the byte level, you'll notice a slight difference bewteen the original MP3 and the no-compression ZIP equivalent. Somehow this header does not interfere with audio reproduction.

    The fact that you can binary-join WAV files makes me think you can also ZIP-join WAV files (being coherent with my theory above).

    Here's a link to a related thread created a while back, FWIW.
    <img src=/w3timages/blue3line.gif width=33% height=2>
    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    I found the original thread I intended in the first place.

    David Raisley mentions the copy command (what I understand is what you call "binary joins") and Jezsik introduces ZIP joins, in both cases for MPEG files.

    Reading on I see you posted too contributing a batch procedure to join files. A long while back this was.
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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    When I join tracks, it's only to maintain continuity that was on an album. And I confess that I have been using the WAV editing capabilities of Exact Audio Copy to join the files, rather than binary joins using the command line. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Thanks to all for some great advice and hints.

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Philip:

    Thanks for the tip.

    Happy New year to you as well!

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    Well my friend, you have an astounding memory and I compliment you! I start the new year with a mea culpa for my <post:=685,478>post 685,478</post:> above to Chuck, for I too participated in the old thread you reference and had no recollection of it. My <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> even includes the fact that yesterday, when I tried your suggestion using a few of my .mp3 files and WinZip, I forgot the no compression requirement, just as I DID in the old thread and had to go back and try it twice.

    PS to JohnBF: I didn't notice any volume swings between songs, John, but my experiment was only done with 4 songs (...some old Village People tracks... yuck, huh? ).

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    Re: Audio CD Image Files

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Have a look at:

    http://www.pistonsoft.com/mp3-joiner.html

    and happy new year to all

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    > Well my friend, you have an astounding memory and I compliment you!

    Al, your post count exceeds 10,000 while mine hasn't even struck 900. It's likely that you participated in roughly 10 times more conversations than I, which makes it much harder to remember everything!

    Happy new year to y'all!

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