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ATRAC3 to WAV or MP3 Converter

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I am interested in buying a new Hi-MD minidisc recorder, but found out recently that the device will only allow uploading of recorded files in ATRAC3 format.  I know that Sony has promised a Wave Converter application sometime in the fall to convert these files to PCM but I was wondering if there is a third-party application out there that will do the work in the meantime.
I have already tried All2WAV recorder and the quality is very poor.  Hoping that there is an expert out there who has figured a workaround to this problem.

PS I am not looking for a realtime solution (ie plug the minidisc into the line-in port).

Thanks,

Ari Schaefer

{paq'd, points refunded - ee_ai_construct, cs admin}
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by:DavidBirch2dotCom
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Has this program already been released ?

http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/11/1/2/11-1-2-187.shtml

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by:arischaefer
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That would only work for converting to, not from ATRAC3 wouldn't it?

Ari
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by:gecko_au2003
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There is a freeware program called cdex, that converts wav to mp3, visa versa, extracts audio from cd to mp3 and i think wav as well. I hope that was what you were looking for !!
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by:gecko_au2003
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URL :

http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/downloads.php

There is the URL for it, I know you said atrac and I have never heard of that before.
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by:DavidBirch2dotCom
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> That would only work for converting to, not from ATRAC3 wouldn't it?

did you download it and try ? sounds as if it would work both ways ?
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by:DavidBirch2dotCom
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equal points split between gecko_au2003  and myself?
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There is now an Alpha piece of software that has been written to do exactly what I was looking for:

http://forums.minidisc.org/viewtopic.php?t=6087

Check it out.

Since I answered my own question eventually, I will close it.

Thanks
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by:gecko_au2003
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I agree with DavidBirch2dotcom, equal points split between him and myself. I mean if people are going to ask a question on here and give the question so many points and then decide to to delete it after people going to the effort of helping them, then what is the point?

I can understand if the answers we gave we not related to the question at all or something like that. How ever it would be really good if people tried to research there own questions before they ask any questions ! I mean that is exactly what I do.
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by:gecko_au2003
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I meant if the answers we gave were not related to the question or something. Sorry about the extra post, just I cant see the edit button, unless im going blind :-S
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by:arischaefer
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There was some effort made to answer the question, but I don't think that it should be required that I give out the points simply for the effort.  Neither of the answers given were in any way helpful.  You both offered up options that neither of you had even tried.  If you had tried them, you would know that they clearly do no work, and the second suggestion had nothing to do with ATRAC3 file formats "I know you said atrac and I have never heard of that before".  Why even offer that?

I did research my question (but thanks for implying that I am an idiot).  This piece of software just came out last week, so I don't think you can blame me for asking and then answering my own question later on.  I was hoping to help other people in my situation.

I do however apologise for leaving the question hanging.  I have been away for a while and I will take responsibility if my not closing it earlier gave you some stress.

If I was hired someone to paint my fence, I don't think I would pay them if they tried really hard but couldn't quite do it.

Sorry guys, but unless they force me to... I will not be giving out these points.
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by:gecko_au2003
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and if you read what I had said here :

Comment from gecko_au2003
Date: 09/20/2004 09:41AM PDT
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I agree with DavidBirch2dotcom, equal points split between him and myself. I mean if people are going to ask a question on here and give the question so many points and then decide to to delete it after people going to the effort of helping them, then what is the point?

I can understand if the answers we gave we not related to the question at all or something like that. How ever it would be really good if people tried to research there own questions before they ask any questions ! I mean that is exactly what I do.

You would see that I even said , if the answers we gave were not related to the question at all or something like that.

How ever you said from mp3 to atrac, I just suggested that program because it was freeware.

2nd of all how am i supposed to try it out when I DO NOT HAVE A MINI DISC player. I have no use to atrac format(s) !!

So dont be calling me an idiot ! Anyway generally players like that come with software on a cd that allow you to convert between the formats.

I even got an MP3 player and it comes with a music manager to allow me to  convert stuff and upload / download music to the player itself.
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by:gecko_au2003
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I had assumed that you lost the cd or something and didnt have it so I was trying to answer your question blind folded considering.

come to think of it I should of suggested you go to the manufacturer but then again, if you had thought of that then I am sure they would tell you exactly what you need with regards to converting your music formats from mp3 to atrac or w/e and you would of never have asked this question, right ?
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by:gecko_au2003
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I am not trying to be bitchy or getted banned from EE however it is true !

Whether I get the points or not does not bother me, I use EE more to help people and learn things myself NOT FOR THE POINTS !!!
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by:gecko_au2003
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yes that was before now besides the fact I was jumping blind folded on the info that was available !

I even said if it was wrong or un helpful then fair enough.
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by:gecko_au2003
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anyway I am sorry I was un helpful and I am glad you sorted your problem out ! I dont want to argue about this or get banned for that matter.
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