Overview of Copying and Converting Digital Audio
* Lesson 2 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL AUDIO 2.2 - OVERVIEW
OF COPYING AND CONVERTING DIGITAL AUDIO  Overview of
Copying and Converting Digital Audio
Digital recording is the technique of recording and storing audio files in
a digital format. You can then copy the stored audio files to storage
devices, such as recordable CDs and DVDs, in various formats, such as WAV
and MP3. You can also convert audio from a CD or a DVD to a different
format before you store it on your computer's hard disk. The following
table describes the concepts of copying audio and converting audio. Scroll
down to read each description.
You can copy audio from storage devices, such as a computer's hard disk,
and store it on a recordable CD or DVD. This process of copying audio and
storing it on a recordable CD or DVD is referred to as burning_. You need a
special hardware device, such as a CD writer or a DVD writer, for burning.
A CD writer allows you to burn only recordable CDs whereas most DVD writers
allow you to burn recordable CDs and DVDs.Along with hardware, you also
need software to copy audio to a recordable CD or DVD. You can use the
software to create different types of CDs. You can create data CDs, audio
CDs, and mixed mode CDs. Mixed mode CDs contain audio, video, and data
files. For example, you can create an audio CD and add video files and text
files to it to create a mixed mode CD.Copying audio directly from the
Internet and storing it on recordable CDs is illegal. It is also illegal to
copy music from CDs and DVDs. Ensure that you have permission before you
copy any material.
You can convert audio from a CD or a DVD to a different format before
storing it on a computer's hard disk. For example, you can convert your
favorite song from a CD to an MP3 file before storing it on the
computer.You must have audio conversion software, such as Microsoft Windows
Media Player 11, installed on your computer to convert audio files. The
software changes the format of the audio and might also compress the audio
so that the files take up less space on the hard disk. You can then
transfer these audio files from the computer to a digital device, such as a
PDA, a mobile phone, or an MP3 player.Converting audio from CDs and DVDs to
a different format is illegal. Ensure that you have permission to convert
audio to a different format before converting it.
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