computerguybry wrote:I moved some tracks from a cd I had ripped on a PC...
The file extension .cda
indicates that it's not the actual musical file you have. .cda
is something like a "symbolic link". You just copied the tracks over from a mounted disk to your computer, not actually "ripped" them.
When you right-click the .cda
file and check properties
, what does it report as the file size?
+1 to MartyMint as those .cda are not the actual tracks you need to use a proper program that rips Audio CD's to Mp3,AAC,Wav,ogg type formats. You just can't copy the .cda manually over to the hardrive.
Each .CDA file is a kind of a pointer to the location of a specific track on the CD and contains no musical information. CDA files are all 44 bytes in length and each contain track times plus a special shortcut that allows users to access the specific audio tracks.
So if .CDA files contain no musical information, what happens if you "copy" a .CDA from an audio CD to your hard drive and then double click it?
If the CD is still in the drive then the corresponding track will play from the CD. If you remove the CD you will get an error message. That's because the .CDA file contain no music, it only points to where the music is located on the CD.
To work with music tracks on your CD you need first to convert them to .WAV, .MP3 or another file format that computers understand. That's what a CD ripper does and that's why you must use a ripper before you can work with your music files on a computer. Simple as that.