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davewr | 12:28 Fri 07th Aug 2020 | Computers
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Can anyone suggest a free programme that burns .wav format? I have Roxio Creator on an old laptop that was very good but would like something similar on my new laptop. Thanks.

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If you burn .wav files to a DATA CD you'll end up with a CD where your files are still in .wav format but which can only be played on a computer (and NOT in a CD player). If you burn .wav files to an AUDIO CD you'll ALWAYS end up with .cda files being shown in Windows Explorer because they're the ONLY type of files that a standard CD player can use. Strictly-speaking...
19:43 Fri 07th Aug 2020
Windows Media Player
Assuming your laptop is a Windows machine you will already have Windows Media Player
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Thanks for the fast response. I do have Media Player but it is very erratic, it constantly ejects the blank discs and then says 'no disc detected'. The same discs are ok with Roxio on the old laptop but that's on it's last legs and I want to use the new one.
Can I ask why you want to burn to .wav?
I've used Ashampoo in the past without problems, it's in alavahalf's link
Another vote from me for Ashampoo Burning Studio Free. It's incredibly intuitive and constantly being recommended by the technical press:
https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pqu/7110/burning-software/burning-studio-free
>>> Can I ask why you want to burn to .wav?

I suspect that Dave wants to burn from WAV files to an audio disc, Barry.
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Thanks again for your responses. I am converting some very old cassettes and find .wav gives the best quality. I've tried several programmes but they burn as .cda(?) and sound like they were recorded in a bathroom! I'll give Ashampoo a try. Thanks again.
If you burn .wav files to a DATA CD you'll end up with a CD where your files are still in .wav format but which can only be played on a computer (and NOT in a CD player).

If you burn .wav files to an AUDIO CD you'll ALWAYS end up with .cda files being shown in Windows Explorer because they're the ONLY type of files that a standard CD player can use.

Strictly-speaking though. cda files don't actually contain any music tracks. An audio CD has just ONE composite track on it, which contains all of the individual tracks that you added to the CD. The .cda files are just tiny 'shortcuts' that tell Windows - or your CD player - where the data for each individual track is located within the big composite file.

So, irrespective of which burning software you use (or which file format you start with), Window Explorer will ALWAYS show .cda files on ANY audio CD that you create.
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Thanks for your help, Chris. It's been 6 or 7 years since I burned audio CDs and had forgotten the details. I converted my own favourite cassettes (and LPs) with Audacity and exported them as .wav files to a memory-stick to play in the car, and I'd confused the two processes.
In my merchant navy days in the 70's you could go into a record shop in Hong Kong and pick a stack of LPs and they would put them onto cassettes. So some of my music has gone from LPs to cassettes to CDs to memory-stick!
Thanks again for your time.

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