Ripping CDs to a thumb drive but retaining CD quality audio file data

Vin Daloo
Vin Daloo used Ask the Experts™
So I know how to RIP CDs to a drive in MP3 or WAV format but what I'm looking for is actually a way to transfer the entire CD to the drive, so that there is no loss in audio quality at all.  

Programs like Roxio ask for a writable CD to "burn" in a DVD/RW drive.  Is there a way to "redirect" them to a thumb drive?

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I would like to recommend to use JetAudio to rip music from CDs.

I have personally use this software for ages and the ripping has output settings that you can adjust based on your requirement.

I am not sure about Roxio but I believe it should have options to rip.

Most of the players tend to make use of CODECs to manipulate Audio and Video Data on the CDs and would like to recommend KLite Full pack which will provide better support for Audio/Video files.

Hope I answered your answer.
i like to use Windows Media Player to rip cd's: WMP Rip
your best bet is to convert the cd to a lossless format, like .wav, .flac or .wma

make sure that you have a media player that supports the format you choose

if you want to play this in your vehicle, check with the manufacturer for supported audio files

on a PC, VLC media player will play most lossless formats

here is an article that explains some of the different audio formats: 10 Common Audio Formats Compared: Which One Should You Use?
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If you save the WAV file, there won't be any quality loss. WAV is the same format the files on the CD uses. But of course you'll have to make sure your player supports WAV.
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Paul, I wasn't aware that WAV was actually lossless, as opposed to "practically" lossless.  And Windows Media player seems to be the way to go!  Ripping right now to see how well it works and then if it will play in my 2016 Toyota!

Thanks so much.  This is an elegant and easy solution!
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The problem with WAV files is that they will use the same amount of space as on the CD. You will not get as many titles on the USB stick.

On the other hand,, if you rip to MP3 at 320kps, it is unlikely that you'll actually hear any difference, particularly in a car where you have plenty of other disturbing noises. Even on the home stereo you probably won't notice the difference. That way you can get a lot more music onto the same space.

I would rip the CD's to WAV, and then convert the WAV's to MP3, and keep the WAV's as backup, but not to normally listen to
i just did a google search for '2016 Toyota usb audio formats', and it seems the format to use is WMA

Toyota Corolla Owners Manual: Listening to a USB memory device
■USB memory

●Compatible devices USB memory device that can be used for MP3, WMA and AAC playback.

●Compatible device formats The following device format can be used:

• USB communication format: USB2.0 FS (12 Mbps)
• File system format: FAT16/32 (Windows)
• Correspondence class: Mass storage class MP3, WMA and AAC files written to a device with any format other than those listed above may not play correctly, and their file names and folder names may not be displayed correctly.
I am with Rindi. Use MP3 and encode at 320Kpbs. This will save some space, and although techically "lossy", for "real" audio, human ears will not be able to pick the difference. Also, pretty much ALL devices can handle MP3.
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