How to Convert Minidisc Music to iPod Music


Minidiscs are small-scale CDs that are both smaller in size and storage capacity than standard CDs. If you have music stored on a minidisc player that you would like to add to your iPod, it is possible to transfer the music between the devices by capturing the audio from the minidisc onto your computer and then converting it to a compatible iPod file type, like MP3.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini-jack to mini-jack cable
  • Download and install a program that can record audio through the line-in port on your computer. Audacity is a free program that works with Windows and Mac systems. Once downloaded, install Audacity by double-clicking the setup icon and clicking through the installation screens.

  • Insert one end of the mini-jack cable into the headphone port of the minidisc player. Plug the other end of the cable into the line-in on the back or side of your computer.

  • Open the “Edit” menu and choose “Preferences.” Click the “Audio I/O” tab and use the drop-down list next to “Device” under “Recording” to select the soundcard line-in option. Set the “Channels” preference to “2 (Stereo),” then click “OK.”

  • Check the input level of the audio by clicking the down-facing arrow next to the microphone below the left and right channel display on the right-hand side of the screen and choosing “Monitor input.” Start playing the audio through the minidisc player and watch the left and right channel levels as the music plays. If the end of the volume bar lights up, the music will sound distorted when recorded. Drag the volume control just beneath the left and right channel display to turn the volume down if necessary.

  • Record the music from the minidisc player into Audacity. Press the button with the red circle to begin recording and then begin playing the music that you want to record on the minidisc player. Press the button with the square on it to stop recording.

  • Go to the “File” menu and select “Export as MP3.” Type in a name for the title in the window that comes up and click “Export.” The music from the mini-disc player is now in MP3 format, which can be uploaded to iTunes and synced onto any iPod.

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