How To Convert .CDA files to MP3
I can't tell you how many times I have had legal staff call me and ask to troubleshoot why they can't play files with .cda extension they have copied to a folder on the network or turned over in discovery. The problem with files with .cda extension is that they will not play unless they are on the original disc they were copied from. The .cda files are specifically designed to only play on disc - similar to music CDs we once put into the CD player in our car or boom box.
For more information about .CDA files, see "What's The Deal With .CDA Files?"
The best way to handle the issue with .cda files is to "rip" them from the disc. Here's how to do this:
1. Insert the disc into your disc drive
2. Open Windows Media Player
3. Select the disc drive location in Windows Media Player
4. Select Rip CD
5. Files will be converted to .mp3
6. If you want to find where the files have been ripped to or change the settings, click on Rip Settings
7. Select more options
8. Check settings in Rip music to this location
After you have ripped or converted the audio files to .mp3, you can now copy the audio to other locations. Just make sure to keep the original audio CD in a safe place in case you ever have to refer back to it.