Sony MiniDisc players are small, compact audio systems that play what is known as a MiniDisc, which looks like a miniature CD. MiniDiscs are compact and you can record audio onto the disc itself. The main problem with MiniDiscs is that you cannot play them on any audio equipment apart from the MiniDisc player. This is limiting in the sense that you might want to listen to some of your MiniDiscs recordings but you would rather listen to them on another format, such as CD. It is possible to solve this dilemma by converting your MiniDisc into the CD format, with the help of a free audio program, such as Audacity.
Download the Audacity software from sourceforge.net (See Resources).
Choose your operating system type, then install Audacity onto your computer by following installation instructions.
Run Audacity by double-clicking its desktop icon then click on "File" in the menu bar and select "Preferences." Choose your computer sound card type under "Recording Devices" in the drop-down menu.
Turn on your MiniDisc player and place the MiniDisc that you plan to convert to the CD format inside the player.
Connect your MiniDisc player by plugging one end of the audio cable into the player's headphone outlet and the other end into the 1/8-inch stereo input in your computer.
Press "Record" in Audacity and "Play" on your MiniDisc player at the same time. Play the entire Minidisc, then press "Stop" in Audacity and on your MiniDisc player at the same time.
Click on "File" in the top Audacity menu bar, then select "Export." Name your file and select the audio file format that you want the file to save as. WAV and MP3 are some of the format examples. After you have finished doing this, click on "OK."
Insert a CD-RW disc into your computer's CD drive.
Run your CD burning software and select "Burn Audio Disc" option.
Locate the audio file you saved in the Audacity program and select "OK." Click the "Burn CD" button in your CD burning software to burn the MiniDisc file onto your blank CD-RW disc.
Download the free AVS Audio Editor software (see Resources). AVS Audio Editor is very similar to Audacity and performs many of the same functions. Install the AVS Audio Editor software onto your computer by following the installation instructions.
Connect the 1/8-inch audio cable into the MiniDisc's player headphone outlet and connect the other end of the cable into the stereo line in input on the back of the computer tower.
Open and run AVS Audio Editor by double clicking on its desktop icon. Simultaneously click "Record" in AVS Audio Editor and "Play" on your MiniDisc player. Allow the entire MiniDisc to play then press "Stop" in AVS Audio Editor and on the MiniDisc player as well. Save the recorded audio file in the MP3 format.
Insert a blank CD-RW disc into your computer's CD burning drive.
Open your CD burning software and choose the "Burn Audio Disc" option. Browse and select the MP3 file of your audio recording in your CD burning program and click on the "Burn CD" option. Your MiniDisc recording will be burnt onto the blank CD-RW disc.