Furthermore, the odd music item and the sound effect aren't, apparently, there any more, at least the c.d. plays through and I hear only the main genre of music which I should have been
Strange indeed. Maybe Cool Edit was a demo version, and didn't support all its features? I dunno.
I've never used Cool Edit, I use Audacity and never experienced what has happened to you. (I don't use WMP either)
you will probably have to rip the audio CD into a wav file
Yes. Here's what I use.
Audacity is free, and can rip/sort the music files, and add tags. (and much more)http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
EAC (free) will also rip CD's and add CD text. (the best IMHO)http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/
(I use the old version 0.95, more accurate, I think)http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/resources/download/older-versions-for-download/
I burn the cds with Nero, ($$$) or Burrrn, (free) also adding the song titles, and info.
Or using a cuesheet. (Google how to create a cuesheet for CD)http://en.kioskea.net/download/download-461-burrrn
(I also burn using Toast on my Mac)
I usually see the CD info (track #, Title, cd name etc) in my car stereo as it scrolls across the LED. So I know it works.
but some players won't read the CD text/tags. And sometimes iTunes won't read the CD text/tags from the CD either, which is a PITA.
But . . .
If I add the tags with Audacity, then drag the file into iTunes, it will see the track song names, album names, etc. (Maybe someday iTunes will get it right)
the cda file is basically a pointer, it's not the audio itself.
Yes, that's a Windows thing.
FWIW when you put a CD in a Mac, it will show the actual music file as AIFF (Macs version of Wav). Which is kinda cool. So its a simple copy and paste from CD to Mac.
I literally burned hundreds of CDs for the trading community, rarely had any problems using the software I mentioned.
Edited by 12x48y, 07 October 2012 - 07:29 AM.