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Transferring CD music files to Flash Drive

Windows 10. Dell Inspiron 15
I want to transfer a music CD to a flash drive in order to  play it through my car radio which has a usb socket  for the purpose of playing music from flash drive and other devices.
I have Nero 2015 on my system, if that could help. Not very literate on this issue. Would appreciate advice.
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Dear     Michael ,

Its not that hard , You just need to copy the music files from DISK to USB flash drive.

1) Insert the CD in your laptop and copy the music files into your computer (Which you want to play in your CAR.

2) Insert the USB flash drive and make sure you can access it from your laptop then copy the files from laptop to USB flash drives ( Make sure your CAR stereo support the music files format)
(98% music files format are supported by car stereo)
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This is what you see in Windows Media Player if you need to rip the cd:User generated image
Just wanted to add for anyone who wishes to do this.
Audio CD uses the file format CDA which can be copied off the disk but then renders them useless.
The only method is to extract them as Paul suggested this converts from CDA to mp3 or your chosen format.
From Wiki
A file with the extension .cda is a small (44 byte) stub file generated by Microsoft Windows for each audio track on a standard "Red Book" CD-DA format audio CD as defined by the Table of Contents (ToC) (within the lead-in's subcode).
 These files are shown in the directory for the CD being viewed in the format Track##.cda, where ## is the number of each individual track.

The .cda files do not contain the actual PCM sound wave data, but instead tell where on the disc each track starts and stops.
 If the file is "copied" from the CD to a computer, it cannot be used on its own because it is only a shortcut to part of the disc.
However, some audio editing and CD creation programs will, from the user's perspective, load .cda files as though they are actual audio data files, and allow the user to listen to them.
This should not be confused with the tracks actually containing the audio data on the CD.
In case you're wondering, iTunes can also be used to rip music cd's from CDA format...

I know the question has been answered, but I thought that I would add another alternative that you might also like to consider.

Most modern CD Players (domestic and in-car) recognise CDs containing *.MP3 files and sometimes also Microsoft's *.WMA (Windows Media Audio) file types.  If recognised, a car player will just play these audio files in whatever order they are stored on the CD just as it probably will if you connect a USB Flash Drive to the in-car player.

As Merete explained, a CD-Burning application like Nero takes audio files stored on your hard drive (MP3, WMA, etc) and converts them into raw data that is then burned to the unique format of a proper Audio CD.  "Ripping" tracks from a proper Audio CD just takes this raw data and converts it back into separate audio file types on your computer's hard drive.

Because of the format of an Audio CD, its capacity is determined by the combined playback time of all the tracks inclusive of the gaps between them.  The standard is 80 minutes, minus the overhead for the gaps between tracks and the small "lead-in" and "lead-out" areas of the disc necessary for that format, and this normally equates to around 20 songs per CD.

A "Data CD", however, comprises files burned onto a CD in a standard storage format just as they would be stored on a hard drive or USB Flash Drive, with the exception that they are indelibly burned onto a read-only medium.  An "MP3 CD" is just a Data CD and you have no control over the sort order of the MP3 files stored on it other than by naming or numbering them in advance.

A Data CD's maximum capacity is determined by the combined file sizes of the contents.  The standard is 700 MegaBytes.  This means that you would be able to burn something like 172 MP3 files files to one CD-R and have continuous music for about 11.5 hours.  I suppose you could say that you could have more than 8.5 CD albums on one CD if burned as an "MP3 CD".

This is something that you might consider as a viable alternative at some point in the future.
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Cathy Marsh

Paul - I have followed your instructions and clicked ok (hoping the cd will copy on to my music file) but not sure I am doing this correct. How can I tell the music is copying over and how long would it take to complete the copy (rip). I only have basic computer skills but czn follow screen dumps like you show above.
Many thanks for your help.
first, make sure you have a music CD in your CD/DVD device.

in the  Rip settings ―> Options ―> Rip Music tab (ID: 40921824, above) the folder selected in Rip music to this location is where you will find the ripped CDs.

this it what you see of everything is OK:User generated imageyou should really be asking a new question if you need further help.

thanks, Paul S.
I followed the directions and have successfully transferred my CD onto a thumb drive; however, you have to click on each song; it does not move to the next song automatically. How can it get it to play the next songs without having to click on each song file?  BTW, I am just trying to send it to someone who will play it on their computer.
this question has been closed for some time (over ONE year)! as i said above:
you should really be asking a new question if you need further help.

thanks, Paul S.
Hello Karen, and welcome to Experts-Exchange.  I see that you only joined up yesterday and your comment above is your only post so far.

Click on the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the page and start a new question with a Title something along the lines of "How To Get Audio Files To Play Automatically From USB Flash Drive".  Add it to the following Zones:
Digital Audio -
MultiMedia Applications -

In your new question you can always refer to this particular question ( as the method you used to get audio files onto your Flash Drive, and then say that you intend to send the Flash Drive to somebody and you would like the songs to play one after the other as though it was an Audio CD.
Hi Karen,

sorry if I was a little brusque - I thought you were the same person that commented previously (it was Cathy Marsh on 2016-09-06, ID: 41785687)