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Here's the story. I went to Walmart.com and bought a bunch of $0.88 tunes that leaves me with a bunch of WMA files. How do I burn these wma files on to a CD, CD-RW disk AS MP3 files?

The Sky owner's manual says on page 180 "If you burn your own MP3/WMA disc on a personal computer......" I'm starting with WMA files so how do I get them on a disk as MP3, or will the SKY 6 disc changer play WMA files?

I thought that you can store HOURS of music as MP3 files on to a CD. All I can get is about 75 minutes because Windows Media player V10 records the songs as CDA files.

Maybe I should just go and ask the 6 year old kid down the street.
 

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The owners manual mentions some steps but its not very thorough. Its a good starting place but I have made a couple already that the CD player doesn't like for some reason so I don't even know if my process is the right one.
 

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You are converting the files from WMA format into an audio CD. You should not do this for an MP3 or a WMA CD.

Rather, you should simply COPY the WMA files to a CD using a CD burner. That's it. Nothing more. Do NOT burn an audio CD.
 

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I have many MP3 disc that I have burned at home.

Most of them are from "Ripping" my own CDs to MP3 files on my computer, specifially to be burned to CD for the car. This is great, as I can get from 125 - 175 songs per CD depending on the length of the songs, etc.

The best for ripping is "CD-DA X-Tractor", because it is FREE! Find it here:
http://www.mp3-converter.com/cdda_xtractor.htm
Click on "Downloads" on the left side of the page, then select to download the "Self-installing binary". Simply double-click it after it downloads to install it. This is good for ripping CDs to MP3, and it automatically gets the Album and track titles from the Inernet when you insert a CD into your computer to start ripping it.

To convert WMA to MP3 (I have not done this) a simple search on Google for "WMA to MP3" found this:
http://www.smartaudioconverter.com/
A free converter for WMA files.

Once you have your music files ripped or converted to MP3, you need to burn them to a CD. Do not burn an "AUDIO CD", which will convert the MP3s into a "CDA" file that all CD players can read, but burn a regular "DATA CD" that just happens to contain MP3 files. The MP3 disc player in the SKY will know what to do. The ones I burned even 4 years ago work just fine.

To burn a CD you could use DeepBurner:
http://www.deepburner.com/
There is also DeepRipper, but I found it to be more complicated and less suited to my needs than CD-DA was.

It will take a bit of time and trial to learn how to do, but in a few hours you will get the hang of it, and it will become easier each time you do it. Well worth learning to get that many songs on 1 CD. I can drive from Detroit to Chicago and never finish one MP3 CD!

Good luck!

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iTunes

You could try iTunes - under the preferences three is an advanced tab with options for burning - choices include Audio format, MP3 format, and data format. http://www.apple.com/itunes/
 
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