| From <greatunclebob@...
| Sat, 27 May 2006 19:20:21 -0600
| I can not get started. I can not 'import' anything.
| I need very, very (stupid) help.
| yes, I found the 'import' command, but it does not function.
| it always says something about wrong format.=20
| I did manage to load my cd using itunes, but your program says
| 'try ripping it to a native audio format that audacit can import'=
| which might as well be written in greek because it means absolutly
| nothing to me.
You cannot import tracks from audio CDs (e.g. most commercial CDs)
into Audacity. You need to use another program to extract the CD tracks
to a computer audio file called WAV or AIFF. Then you can import that=20
WAV or AIFF file into Audacity.=20
As you have iTunes you can use it to extract the CD tracks to WAV or AIFF.=
You can extract to either WAV or AIFF but AIFF is preferable. What you do=
in iTunes is click Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Importing > Import
using AIFF encoder. Click on your CD in the Source Menu on the left, select=
all the CD tracks, then right click > convert to AIFF.=20
If your CD has more than one track (so you have more than one AIFF file)=20
you can either import them into Audacity with Project > Import Audio one at
a time, or you can select all of them to import them all at once. If you do=
the files will all open in Audacity on separate tracks. As you are new to A=
it may be simpler to import them and work on them one at a time.
When you have edited your CD track in Audacity you can export it to another
audio file like MP3, or if you want to put it back on a CD, you will expor=
to another AIFF file *with a different filename* than the AIFF you imported=
then burn that AIFF to an audio CD. Read more about this here:
Note if you do want to export your AIFF file to exactly the same name and
location as the file you imported, you can. If you want to do this, click
Edit > Preferences > File Formats > "when importing uncompressed=20
audio...." > check the radio button "make a copy of the file before editing=
As to your other point, Audacity 1.2.4 will normally open WAV, .AIFF,=20
=2EOGG and .MP3 file formats. You can tell the format of a file by looking =
the three digits in the filename after the dot. You import these types of=
files in Audacity with the Project > Import Audio command (not any =20
of the other import commands).
If you have any of these type of files that you cannot import with=20
Project > Import Audio let us know, in which case also please tell us=20
if your computer is running Windows or OS X operating system.=20