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How to convert CDA to MP3?

Rip and convert CDA to MP3 audio format for smaller file size.

If you own an audio CD with favorite songs on it, and you want to share the songs with your friends, put them on your website, save them on your computer, play them on your iPod, or any other purposes. At this time, you need to convert your CD to MP3 files.

CDA is the format of audio on a standard RedBook CD, it means CD audio tracks. Each CD audio track has a file with extension ".cda", CDA files are actually pointers to the locations of the individual tracks on the CD medium. A CDA file has a size of 44 bytes which include audio header information of an audio track.

Now MP3 is the most popular audio format for music thanks to the wide usage of the Internet. It features a very high compression rate and excellent audio quality. These features are very useful for music distribution on the web, that's the reason why you need to convert your CD to MP3 files.

The program which can rip or extract audio data from an audio CD track is called "Ripper" or "Extractor". What you need is a CD-ROM hardware and a CD Ripper, then put your CD into CD-ROM and convert your CDs into MP3's in several clicks. This procedure will rip CD audio track into audio streaming, and at the same time encode the standard audio streaming into an MP3 file according to a defined MP3 codec and its parameters given. Now the most used MP3 codecs include Lame, Blade, Xing.

There are many CD rippers available on the Internet, and almost all CD rippers now supporting CD to MP3 function. You can download the CD Rippers and learn the measure of riping audio CD as follows.

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How to extract songs from an Audio CD and encode them into MP3 files? Here is one of the CD Ripper step by step guide, tell you how to rip CDA to MP3 with Easy CD Ripper. You can rip any segment, and set output file size/time with it:

Step 1. Download Easy CD Ripper here.

Step 2.Insert your audio CD into CD-ROM.

Step 3. Press New CD button to show the CD tracks.

Step 4. Press QueryCDDB button if you want to get the CD's information with FreeCDDB ( Internet connection required ).

Step 5. Select the output type MP3 in the Action's Output Types.

Step 6. Select which tracks you want to extract and encode in the CD Ripper's track list.

Step 7. Press the start button, or select menu [File]->[Start] or press ctrl+B to start the audio data extraction.

Step 8.When the operation finish, the software will show you where the encoded files placed. Then you can go to the directory and play these files by media player now.
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