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How to Record a Mini Disc to CD

Updated February 21, 2017

The MiniDisc format went through a brief period of popularity in the 1990s, and many millions of MiniDiscs were sold around the world. But these days, music is migrating to the computer. While audio CDs are easy to import into a media player, MiniDiscs can't be read by most computers. Fortunately, it's not difficult to get your favourite songs off a MiniDisc and onto a PC and from there onto a CD.

Connect your MiniDisc player to your computer by plugging the audio cable into the headphone jack of your MD player and the line-in audio port on your PC.

Open an audio-editing program on your computer. Make sure the input on the program is set to Line In.

Press the Play button on the MD player and make sure the levels appear to move on your computer screen. This shows that the connection is working.

Hit "Record" in your audio software and begin playing the MD in the MD player. Wait for the duration of the disc.

Burn the resulting music file onto a CD as you would ordinarily burn audio.

Things You'll Need

  • MiniDisc player
  • 1/8" to 1/8" male-to-male audio cable
  • Computer with CD burner and audio-editing program
  • Blank CD
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About the Author

William Guzzardi is a recent graduate of Brown University living in Chicago. His writing has appeared in numerous daily and weekly publications. He is also the poetry editor of the new online literary magazine Wag's Revue, and he works part-time as a professional copy and line editor.