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Transferung music from MD to CD

I have a nice music collection on MD's. I transfered this music from my old computer which is no longer available. I cannot transfer it to my new computer also, it sais that they have to be checked-in to the same computer which was used to checked them out. I want to put all this music to CD's but I don't know how can I do it if I can't transfer it to my new computer and my portable MD player (Sony N505)has earphones line out and USB only. ?????

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  • Vladimir Akopyan Aug 15, 2007

    This is good idea. I will keep it in mind. One more thing, my MD player has headphone jack only and USB jack. I have mp3 player but it has the same jacks and also I have DVDexpress device which i used to transfer my home movies from analog camcorder to computer to didgital. Do you think it will help me to make CD from MD's?

  • tourmojim Dec 01, 2007




    Is it at all possble to transfer directly from the md player to y computer?


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1.hi there...roger andre speaking.it may be a long shot. if you can obtain some music software ie pro audio logic,and if you have the time and patience,you will be able to play the tracks from your headphone/lineout socket and into the software as a high quality sample and add markers and even up the quality somewhat. 2.an even easier way would be to get your self a GOOD mp3 player,meaning it has a line in socket for analogue to digital mp3 conversion.then all you have to do is obtain a mini jack to mini jack conector(headphone size) and go from the minidisk output,to the mp3 players line in and record.hey presto your mini disk tracks will now be stored as mp3 files ready to be read by almost any computer...i m sure you know the rest...hope this is of some use,good luck roger

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    roger andre Aug 30, 2007

    sorry that s beyond my present knowledge rog

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