playing imported file from CD

I have imported a file from a cd, both raw and regular. All I get is static. Am I doing something wrong?

You don’t import songs from a Music CD. They’re in a special format. You Rip a CD into sound files using Ripping software, or, in the case of Macs, play the disk in iTunes and use the iTunes importing features. For the least damage change the iTunes importing options to WAV which plays everywhere, or AIFF which is Mac-only.

Only if you’re willing to put up with some sound damage and/or need smaller files, use the other iTunes compressed options such as AAC or MP3.


I’m importing .trm audio files rather than songs. My local mac store told me to use audacity.

If you have an audio CD you can also click on the CD in Finder where each CD track will be mounted as an AIFF file, then drag the AIFF file into Audacity. This assumes your Mac has a CD drive.

The only thing I can find out about TRM extension is that these files are made by “ForTheRecord” digital courtroom recording software for Windows. In that case you will need to use that program on Windows to play the file.

If you are really lucky the file might really be an M4A or MP3 file, in which case you could try changing the extension to either of those and see if iTunes or Audacity will play it.

TRM has nothing to do with audio CD’s as far as I know.


Thanks for your reply. These are similar to courtroom files and contain some very important information. I did as you suggest, that’s when I got nothing but static. Wow! this is the first time I have ever found a disadvantage to having a mac. Guess I have a problem. Thanks again.

Can the person who put these files on the CD help you?

You could search Google for TRM players for Mac, but I could not find anything.


But you’re not out of the running. I have a license for Parallel’s Desktop and you can get Boot Camp for your Mac. Both of those will allow you to run Windows software on your Mac. Koz

The player itself is free .

VirtualBox is a free alternative virtual machine to Parallels .

You still need a Windows install disc for the virtual machine or for BootCamp (and BootCamp only supports Windows 7 on OS X 10.7 or 10.8).

If you don’t have a Windows install disc you could possibly try Wine for Mac ( ). Wine is a compatibility layer that (might) let you run Windows programs on Mac.