(was pocketPCs)iPods for Bird Calls - portable speakers & audio editing

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Subject: (was pocketPCs)iPods for Bird Calls - portable speakers & audio editing software
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:25:28 +1100
Bruce Cox wrote:
The main problem is that the bird CDs (and in most cases music CDs) are
> .CDA format which both "Audacity" and "Dexter" will not open, From memory
"Audacity" will open .WAV, .AIFF (uncompressed Mac format), .MP3 and Ogg
Vorbis. You need to get to one of these to audit in "Audacity", I use
"Windows Media Player" to compress to .MP3 before editing.

The problem with editing the compressed MP3 files is that more information
is lost when the edited version is re-encoded into MP3.

A better approach is to "rip" the CD to an uncompressed format (typically
WAV under Windows), edit that file, then encode to MP3.  This means that
the lossy encoding to MP3 (or AAC if using an iPod) is only done once.

I use CDex ( to rip CDs; it's another free,
open source program like Audacity (which I agree is excellent).


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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