How to convert aiff files

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by harrytolland, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have hundreds of Jazz albums and using Final Vinyl, I'm transferring them to my iMac as aiff files which play on the iMac. However, I burned a cd and the cd will not play on any device. Any suggestions on either transferring the files to my iMac using another type of file or, on how I can convert aiff files to a file that when burned to a cd will play on a cd player?

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    1. Make a playlist in iTunes
    2. File > Burn Playlist to Disc
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    If you burned a DATA CD, that DATA CD will not play in an AUDIO CD player, since AUDIO CD players need AUDIO CDs.
    As for AIFF, it is a very common format and can be played back in Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

    As for creating AUDIO CDs, iTunes can burn a playlist (remember, an AUDIO CD only holds around 74 minutes of stereo audio) as MP3 or AUDIO CD.
    Burn is another alternative.

    To transcode (change format and codec) audio files, you can use the following free applications:
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How to convert aiff files

    I tried exporting the files to iTunes but only three seconds of the album was imported.

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    I'm using audio cds. Thanks for the list of free applications.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    Any blank CD can become an audio or data disk, he's talking about the format. The default burn method for most methods assumes a computer will be reading the disk (data). To make it usable in an audio player, you have use special settings.

    iTunes works for this, as does Toast. In this case, you're probably going to want these in iTunes anyway, so best to figure that out and get both jobs done.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How to convert.....

    Thanks. I burn cds in iTunes all the time. My settings are ok. I'm going to try to save the next recording as a .wav file and see what happens.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    If you make an AUDIO CD, WAV and AIFF will both be fine, as they are containers for an audio file using Linear PCM as uncompressed storage method (modulation).

    Depending how you burn CDs, Finder is only giving you DATA CDs, iTunes, Burn and Toast have the option, to make AUDIO CDs.

    A data CD of AIFF files would contain those AIFF files, an audio CD would contain .cda files (when used in a computer, but those are small files linking to the actual audio on the CD (TOC - Table Of Contents), and an audio CD is playable by an audio CD player, though modern CD players can also play back data CDs containing MP3s, but strangely not WAV or AIFF, though the point of an MP3 data CD is more music due to the compression.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I appreciate it.
     

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