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Theblip | 17:28 Fri 05th Aug 2022 | Technology
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I bought a few memory sticks, put a load of music on them, but they won’t play in my car. A friend told me I needed to format the memory sticks. Is that true? If so, can it be done now ve put music on them? How do you format memory sticks? A simple guide would be appreciated for the technophobe that I am

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How did you put the music onto the memory stick? You need to have the music in MP3 format and just copy it directly to the memory stick. Do not create it as a music file; that is for CDs
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I synced the tracks from the windows media player on my PC on to the sticks
What format is the music? Put the memory stick in to your pc, right click on a track and select 'properties'. I suspect that the music is Windows Media Player own format, .wma and not .mp3 and your car can't play them.
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If they are as you suspect BARRY, how do I make them into mp3s?
What version of Windows are you using? Where did the music originate from - did you rip CDs, download them, or something else?
How many tracks do you want to convert?
You can use a program such as Wavepad to read a file in one format and save it in a different format. Google Wavepad - it's a free download.
wavepad looks incredible but how come its free, how does the owner /company make any money from this ?
The free version is a cut-down version of the full program. I've been using it for years to edit music (remove applause, alter volume etc) and change the bit-rate of MP3s etc. It does everything I want.

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