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jason08
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How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

I would like to transfer songs from my CD’s to Sansa player. Please advise how can I do it? What software should I use and in what format should I transfer songs. How long does it take to transfer 1 CD?

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Miikerman
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

You need a software ripper, to rip the music on your CD to computer files, and then to transfer those files to your Clip.  Try a search on rippers using the search box at top, or do a basic Internet search--there are many posts on it, and it's a big and important topic, especially what rip rate to use (balancing file size and music quality). 

 

Personally, I use CDex (freeeware) (Audiograbber also is a popular choice), and rip into the MP3 format, as it is the most universal compressed music format.  I also rip using VBR (variable bit rate) to try to get a high quality sound, using 220 kbps as a bottom and unlimited as a top.

 

Good luck--it takes a bit of time to get up to speed on this (learn how your ripper works, to set it up well for you--that affects your files and the sound), but then it's easy. 

 

Some general info.:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD_ripper.

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neutron_bob
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

Here's a handy thread that shows the ripping process.  Windows Media Player is handy, and will do the job well.  There are many applications out there, like Media Monkey and Winamp, that also offer ripping engines. 

 

Please note that "ripping directly to the player" by specifying the device as the isn't necessary, since having the backup file in your PCs library is the best way to go.

 

The key issue here is to rip your CDs while you have a live internet connection, to allow the ripping program to fill in the necessary ID3 tag fields, allowing your Clip to see the music file, and navigate via the tags.

 

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

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d_headshot
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

In all honesty, none of those programs can compare with Exact Audio Copy
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Mushroom
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

headshot:  I didn't know anyone still used EAC.  :smileyvery-happy: 

 

Yes, seconded that one of the easiest ways to rip the music is to use CDex and have the files put on your hard drive, which you can drag over to the player.  Correction to one thing stated previously:  You only really need the Internet connection for a few seconds to gather data from the online databases if you choose to do so (CDex accesses FreeDB), otherwise you can just enter the titles and other data manually pretty easily.

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Miikerman
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

Unfortunately, EAC has a greater learning curve, IMHO.
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donp
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?


jason08 wrote:

I would like to transfer songs from my CD’s to Sansa player. Please advise how can I do it? What software should I use and in what format should I transfer songs. How long does it take to transfer 1 CD?


Ripping time depends on what format you rip to (getting it onto your computer)
Transfer (copying from your computer to the player) time depends on what bit rate you choose, which determines how big the files are.
 Ripping a CD on my 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 takes 5-10 minutes.
 I just transferred a fairly full CD (1:07, 20 tracks) of 100 kb/s files to my player in about 10 seconds. 

 

 

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JK98
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

The easiest way(I am assuming you have a pc running Windows XP or Vista) is to use Windows media player, as it is probably already on your pc. Start the program, then choose the rip tab. make sure you are connected to the internet(to get the tag info). Click on the rip tab again, and choose format mp3, then click on rip again and choose the bitrate(I recommend you choose 192 or 256). You can similarly choose other options, such as where on your pc the mp3 files are stored. Later select the files to be copied using windows explorer. right click, then click on copy, then right click on the player's music folder in windows explorer and click on paste.

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jason08
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

Thank you guys! Great inputs. At least I know from where to start. What bitrate should i choose?
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jason08
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Re: How to transfer songs from CD to Sansa player?

How do you sort music? Per albums? Can I create folder in Sansa with the name of each album I rip?