I have an interesting problem. Recently I copied all of my many (MANY) CDs to an external 2 TB hard drive so I can have more convenient access to my music and move the CDs down to the storage area in the crawl space. So far, so good.
I have a couple MP3 players that I use while hiking, etc., and good hiking weather will be here soon. What I'm looking for is a way to select a WAV file (song) or collection of WAV files on the hard drive and transfer them to my MP3 player as MP3s -- preferably in one step. Space is a lot more limited on my players and a good MP3 is good enough for hiking outdoors, so I don't want to copy the WAV files to the players.
My principle player is a Creative Zen. I have Creative's software: MediaSource, MediaSource File Converter, and Creative Zen Explorer. All allow me to rip from CDs to the player as MP3s. The File Converter allows me to convert from WAV to MP3, but the only destinations that show up are my hard drives -- I was really hoping to see the player there.
I also have Winamp, etc., but haven't found a way to convert and copy in one step.
Currently I can manage by making an MP3 copy of each song on the hard drive and then copying that file to the player, but that would take up a lot of room on the drive, and be a lot slower.
Anyone have any suggestions?