A CDA, or the .CDA file extension, is the default way Windows Explorers displays audio tracks when you load a CD in your disc drive. For example, the first track on a CD is not displayed by name, only as Track01.CDA. You can easily rip your .CDA tracks to WAVs using Windows Media Player, which comes pre-installed on every Microsoft Windows computer. WAV files are high, CD-quality tracks; they are also the native Windows audio format, so you will not lose any quality during the rip and conversion process.
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Things you need
- Windows Media Player
Open Windows Media Player and click the "Switch To Library" button in the upper right corner of the screen.
Insert your CD into your disc drive and wait for Windows Media Player to load the CD on the left side of the screen. Click your CD's icon to view your tracks.
Click the "Rip Settings" drop-down arrow in the upper right corner of Windows Media Player and hold your cursor over the "Format" drop-down arrow. Click the "WAV (Lossless)" option.
De-select any tracks you do not want imported into your library, if needed, and click the "Rip CD" button at the top of the menu to begin importing and converting your .CDA tracks to WAV format.
Tips and warnings
- If connected to the Internet, Windows Media Player will automatically retrieve your CD's information during the rip and conversion process. This may not work, however, for previously burnt or compilation CDs.
- Since WAV (Lossless) files are uncompressed, you cannot adjust the audio quality, bit rates or file sizes you could if importing MP3s or WMAs.
- If Windows Media Player was uninstalled on your computer, you can download the latest version from Microsoft's Windows Media Player Home Page, for free.
- WAV (Lossless) files are large and uncompressed, so they will take up much more room on your hard drive than other audio formats.
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