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Audio File Question

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by patmac, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. patmac

    patmac Thread Starter

    May 14, 2004
    When I go to backup an audio CD, the files are showing up in windows explorer as .cda files, and they are all only 44bytes in size. I have never noticed this before, is this right?
    We use both Windows Media PLayer and Nero Express for burning etc, and in the past the files would show up with their actual file sizes, the 44 bytes seems strange to me, now all of a sudden. I unchecked "WMP is the default program" for all the files listed there, and all that did was remove the WMP icon next to the files.
    I did burn a disc after seeing this and it sounds ok and appears to have approximately the right number of minutes on it....
    So, any insight would be appreciated.
    Thank you for your time,
  2. Moby


    Mar 18, 2002
    What you are seeing in explorer is correct for an audio cd. The .cda files are just "markers" or "signposts" to the actual music files themselves which your computer can't see, even though they are a type of wav file. If you are just copying to another cd, you don't need to see the actual files, the copying software takes care of it. But you can't 'copy' an audio cd to your hard drive as such, you have to digitally extract (rip) the music to your hard drive in the format of your choice. Obviously your computer rips them to a format it can deal with/play/see. Pretty pointless otherwise ;)
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