I have about 25 cassette tapes of old “Prairie Home Companion” radio broadcasts from NPR, circa 1995. Each show lasts 2 hours. One cassette tape holds a complete show, one hour (1st half) on the A side and one hour (2nd half) on the B side. My goal is to put all of these broadcasts onto a CD that will play on a regular CD player, such as the one in my car.
I bought a cassette converter for about thirty bucks on Amazon. It came with the Audacity software, which I installed on my Windows 7 computer. After a little thrashing around, I was able to put the first half of a broadcast onto the hard drive of my computer. Next, I set about Step 2 - copying the file on my hard drive onto a CD. Here is where I hit a snag. It has to do with storage capacity.
The “first half” file on my hard disk is about 700MB. The disk capacity of the CD-R that I have is slightly over 800MB. It doesn’t take a math major to see that this isn’t going to work, not unless I want to end up with 50 or so CD’s making up my collection of these old broadcasts. I considered DVD’s, which have a much higher capacity, but which one cannot use for playing music on a regular CD player.
With me so far? Does everything I say sound accurate? If not, please correct me, because if I can find a workable way to put all this stuff on CD’R’s, without having to use so many of them, that is really what I would prefer.
If my assessment of the problem is correct, let’s move on. I am considering other options. One option would be to put all of the cassette tapes onto my hard drive and then import them into iTunes, from which (I would hope), I would be able to play them on an iPod. Is this doable? The format of the file on my hard drive is .wav. I read where iTunes cannot play .wav files, but they can be converted relatively easily. Is something like this feasible?
Are there any other options? If so, what would y’all suggest?
Also - it looks like I am going to have to copy the broadcasts on the cassettes onto my hard drive in real time. Not good. Is there any way it can be done quicker?
Thanks in advance. This is my first post on your forum.