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How do I move songs from a CD to my phone?

Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-FedRegistered User regular
I just got a cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S 3) and I would like to transfer some of my music CDs to the phone. How do I do that? Is it even legal? I've never done anything with music cds on my PC so literally have no idea how to proceed at this. I also don't have iTunes and don't really want it (if that's the answer).

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    DranythDranyth Surf ColoradoRegistered User regular
    Well, I don't know if transferring the MP3s would be the easy part, I know when I connect my phone via a USB cable, it shows up as a storage device on my PC and I can just drag and drop them.

    So, I'm assuming what you're asking about is actually turning a CD into MP3s. I really like Exact Audio Copy and utilize a build of the LAME MP3 audio encoder in order to turn them from the WAVs EAC initially pulls into MP3s. EAC lets you grab album info from a database to automatically find the artist/album/track names, which makes things pretty quick. There's just a little setup to do where you tell EAC in the Compression settings where to find the LAME.exe you downloaded, but after that you can rip CDs in a few clicks really.

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    iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    You can also use Windows Media Player, just have to set the quality level you want in the settings. It'll grab the album info from one of the online databases. I assume with an Android phone you just gotta drag and drop the .mp3 from wherever WMP dumps it to a folder on the phone.

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    DranythDranyth Surf ColoradoRegistered User regular
    Will WMP make MP3s or just WMAs? I could've sworn it used to only rip WMAs.

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    iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    MP3's now too, up to 320Kbps.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    A Galaxy S3 will play FLAC files natively, so if you have a big microSD card in it, that's an option too.

    But yeah, you just rip the CD to whatever file type you want (that the phone will play!), then drag and drop them onto the phone in Windows Explorer. Easy as pie.

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    Man of the WavesMan of the Waves Registered User regular
    My preferred method for listening to music on my phone is to upload the MP3's I make to Amazon's cloud service and using their Amazon MP3 player to stream it from the intercloud.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Ok thanks all. This is a lot of technical info I've never dealt with but I'll give it a shot.

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    DranythDranyth Surf ColoradoRegistered User regular
    Presuming you have a version of Windows Media Player that lets you rip to MP3, that will probably be the easiest way. In WMP, just make sure you go to Tools>Options then click the Rip Music tab and under Rip Settings, change the dropdown box from Windows Media Audio to MP3. The slider at the bottom will let you choose the quality, 192kbps is usually a pretty good compromise of size and audio quality as far as MP3s are concerned.

    Then when you have a disc in the tray, there should be a Rip option... somewhere in the interface, I wanna say the tabs in the upper right. The MP3s will be saved in your Music library where you'd be able to drag and drop them to your phone when you have it connected to the PC.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Always rip in the highest quality you can. If you're space limited, then yeah, you might have to put up with 192kbps.

    But if you've got 16 gigs of space spare, then go for 320 kbps, with the highest sampling rate your software will allow (hopefully 44.1khz or 48 khz). Even at the highest quality, you've got a compression ratio of 4.4:1, so an average CD gets smooshed down to about 150 MB, so you can fit about six and a half CDs per GB.

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    DranythDranyth Surf ColoradoRegistered User regular
    No point in ripping a CD at 48khz when a CD only stores the information at 44.1khz anyway. As far as the bitrate, eh, I guess. I mean, when I rip I go for 192bps average VBR. Ends up with really good quality and decent size. Of course, I end up making MP3 CDs for use in my car, so I like to fit as much as possible at good quality as I can.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    ARGH TOO MANY NUMBERS

    But again, thanks for all the help. As soon as the new TV shows up I'll give this a shot.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    My preferred method for listening to music on my phone is to upload the MP3's I make to Amazon's cloud service and using their Amazon MP3 player to stream it from the intercloud.
    Why would he depend on 3G or wifi when he can just pop a 64GB sd card and have all the music he wants without depending on unreliable or expensive connections

    plus 320 is super overkill, 192 is good enough for a phone.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    My preferred method for listening to music on my phone is to upload the MP3's I make to Amazon's cloud service and using their Amazon MP3 player to stream it from the intercloud.
    Why would he depend on 3G or wifi when he can just pop a 64GB sd card and have all the music he wants without depending on unreliable or expensive connections

    plus 320 is super overkill, 192 is good enough for a phone.

    That depends entirely on the listeners preferences and their audio gear.

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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Google Music.

    1. Copy to iTunes to get data
    2. Have GMusic upload all iTunes
    3. Download/Stream from your phone

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