April 8, 2005
Dear CNET members,
For all those who wrote to me last week about the April Fool's joke, a big thank-you for the many kind words. But the people who really deserve the pat on the back are you, the readers. This newsletter and its discussion topics are comprised of your efforts to help one another out; I'm only here to facilitate what you share with your community. So hats off to every individual here who participates week after week! You are the ones that make it all happen. Thanks, everyone, and please keep sharing. Now let's tackle Cheryl's question on converting those audio tapes to CDs.
This week, members' ideas of how to convert audio tapes varied a little, but the recommendations all followed the same basic instructions. What differed most was which software to use, which ranges from apps that clean up your music to sound better to apps that convert music data to the format you would like to burn onto CD. So without further delay, I give you this week's winning answer by Mapetrson. Cheryl, this is only one variation of many great suggestions, so please go through the honorable mentions and other members' recommendations; they, too, can help you find the method and software that will help tackle this task. And if any of you would like to share your process or the software that you use, join us in the discussion. Have fun and happy recording!
(Note: Just to be on the safe side of the law, please check out the CNET Insider Secrets segment on how to copy music legally.)
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I am currently running Windows XP Professional, which includes a DVD/CD burner, and I would like to copy my cassette tapes to CDs via the computer. What kind of hardware/software would I need that would enable me to do this? Step-by-step, detailed instructions would be appreciated.
Recording to your PC is easy and fun; I have been doing this for years with my album collection. You probably already have some software that can do this, as most DVD/CD burners come with bundled software that can be installed. There are a few areas in your operating system you will need to familiarize yourself with, mostly your system mixer. You will also need some cables; your cassette/stereo system will dictate these...
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