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Convert CDA to mp3 on Windows 11 10 8 7 with High Quality

AuI ConverteR: CDA to mp3 converter

Read how to convert CDA to mp3 audio files on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 with AuI ConverteR 48x44 to playback on mobile phones, digital audio players, car audio and other audio devices, frequently asked questions. Also watch the video tutorial.


Author: Yuri Korzunov,
Audiophile Inventory's developer with 25+ year experience in digital signal processing,
author of the articles that make audio easy for beginners


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How to convert CDA to mp3 on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

To convert CDA files to mp3 on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

  1. Launch .cda to .mp3 converter AuI ConverteR 48x44

  2. Open .CDA file*
  3. In the main window, select mp3 format and sample rate.
    Read how to set mp3 parameters...
    Select target format for cda to mp3 conversion
  4. In main window, Album art tab, assign album artwork file.**
  5. In the general case, in the main window, it's recommended to set dithering OFF.
    Also you may compare sound with dithering ON.
  6. Select the target directory (see more in video).
    Album artwork panel
  7. Push Start button and wait for the end of the converting.
  8. If extraction errors are detected, you can see it.
  9. Converted files are located in the target directory.

File with .cda extension on an audio CD is not a file. It's virtual file that Windows shows. The file's content points to track at this audio compact disk. Copying of CDA files to hard disk doesn't provide copying of audio content. Conversion of CDA to mp3 is not file conversion. CD audio converter read audio data stream directly from CD and convert mp3 or another format.

Conversion CDA to mp3 under Mac OS X is impossible. Because CD-audio's tracks are visible as AIFFs on Mac.



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About audio formats


CDA (.cda extension) is virtual index file, that is located on compact disk on Windows. This file doesn't contain sound information. CD ripper use .cda as reference point to access to audio data on compact disk.



mp3 (.mp3 extension) is lossy compressed music file format. The file type can't keep full CD audio quality. But mp3 consumes significantly lesser disk space comparing lossless FLAC, WAV, AIFF.


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How to set output mp3 bitrate

  1. In the Settings of the CDA converter, select Output formats tab, in "Output file format" list select [mp3].
  2. In "Output converter command line parameters", replace "-ab 320k" to desirable value (examples: "-ab 128k", "-ab 256k").


* Warning: AuI ConverteR 48x44 Free allows ripping the first CD-audio track in the "Source files" list of the software main window with full audio quality.
For the second and further input CD-audio tracks, 2-second silence will be applied to the middle of the ripped files.
CD ripping of all tracks in the list is available in PROduce-RD and configurable Modula-R editions.
Free edition doesn't assign artwork to the ripped files. Artwork assigning is available in all-including PROduce-RD and configurable Modula-R editions).
Read more about price options here >

** if available in your configuration (see below)


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Get CD to mp3 configurations


AuI ConverteR is a configurable software that lets you choose the features you need and pay only for them. A "module" is a part of AuI ConverteR's functionality that you can buy separately. You can buy new modules later to enhance your Modula-R major version (details). Each module is a license key that you get by email and enter in the software. A "major update" is a change in the first version number of the software version (for example, from 10.x to 11.x) and it is not free. However, your license is unlimited-time, which means you can use the software as long as you want without any subscription fees. (details)

IMPORTANT: The Free version of AuI ConverteR does not work with any modules. You need to buy a CORE module first, and then you can add other modules that are compatible with it (details). If you buy all the modules, you get the same features as the PROduce-RD version, which is a complete and cheaper package. You cannot exchange your Modula-R license for a PROduce-RD license.

* All prices on this page are in U.S. dollars without V.A.T. and other applicable taxes and fees. The prices are recommended. Information on this page is not a public offer.



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CD rip preparation

  1. Launch AuI ConverteR 48x44
  2. (Optionally) To convert CDA to mp3 with resampling operas, concerts, shows or same albums at main window > Parameters tab check "True gapless mode"**
  3. If you want to extract audio data from CD in the bit-perfect mode, in Settings window > General tab, check Don't make DSP... switch. For bit-perfect extraction, target sample rate should be 44100 Hz. After bit-perfect extraction, audio data are packed in mp3.
Settings CDA to mp3 conversion
Settings CDA to mp3 conversion


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First CDA to mp3 conversion

  1. In AuI ConverteR 48x44's main window select output format mp3
  2. After it, the request window of codec downloading  is appears. For downloading and installing the codec, click OK button.
Download codec request window example
Download mp3 codec request window

Watch and share: How to Assign Target Directory for Converted Audio Files


How to convert CDA to mp3 under Windows 10, 8, 7


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you convert a CDA file to mp3?

Yes, you can convert CDA to mp3. How to do it read here...


How do I open CDA file?

CDA (.cda) file on an audio CD is not an audio file. It is an index file of a CD track location. The file may be viewed via text editor.

If you want listen track, that a .cda file reffers, use audio player software.

If you want to convert CD track, that CDA file reffers, to audio file, use ripping software.


How do I convert CDA to mp3 on Mac?

.cda file on audio-CD is an index file, that Windows show in the CD folder. You can read or convert it.

When you look to audio-CD under Mac OS, AIFF files are displayed instead of CDA. You can copy these files directly in the Finder.

However, you may get no notification about copying errors. Alternatively, to error control, you can use various CD ripping software to convert CD tracks to audio files.


How do I rip an audio CD to mp3?

Read how to rip an audio CD to mp3...


Can I convert cda to mp3 online?

Some websites offer convert cda to mp3 online. However, it is need to know do you get required ripping safety or not?

For different rippers, sound quality of extraction to 44.1 kHz/16bit should be the same. But main matter is CD-error detection, their displaying and recovery.

If you care about it, it is recommended to search among various programs as online as offline.



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