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Thanks guys, I appreciate it. That does clarify things to a good degree. I haven't been buying downloads for the purpose of burning cd's from them, although I may consider that going forward. I usually just listen to them on my computer, where I spend a fair amount of time anyway. If I decide I want the 'hard copy', I usually find some way to acquire the cd 'on the cheap'. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to help me understand.
To burn an audio CD, it is not necessary to use WAV files; you may use any format supported by your CD burning software. If using a lossless format, your CD should sound exactly the same as one that was commercially produced.

My recollection of CDBurnerXP is that it required one or more additional components, which I prefer to avoid. I’ve used Imgburn with good results, but burning an audio CD requires a couple steps; first you build a CUE file, which is very easy, then make the compilation from that.

If you want to get fancy with CD Text, you can modify the CUE file to show the title, track name and artist exactly as you wish.

As with any downloaded freeware, be careful about malware sneaking in.

If you’d like to reverse the process to extract one or more tracks from a CD, I can recommend CDEX. So for example, if you wish to build a custom compilation, you could extract tracks to FLAC files in CDEX, then build your compilation in Imgburn. Or just to play audio files on your computer, you could extract to a lossy format.

Since I’m a proud Linux user, I use software included in the official repositories. Everything is open source, free of charge and free of malware. I don’t use MP3 because it’s proprietary (someone owns the patent), but it’s easy to add support for it if needed.
Thanks guys, but that's all Greek to me! You're way beyond me.

Barry, from past discussions on technology, I've concluded that you're a regular CD person, and other formats such as SACD, DVD Audio, FLAC, and ALAC are all useless to you because you don't want to get too involved in technology, plus you don't have the capability to play them.  In order to create any regular CD, the format that you're familiar with, you MUST have the raw .WAV file in order to create the regular CD.  That is what you should download in order to create a regular CD.  There is an uncomplicated MS Windows program you can download and install on your computer called CD Burner XP (I assume it's a Windows computer you have, and not Apple).  It's freeware, is easy to work with, is designed to create regular CD's, and none of the other formats.  Here is a link to download to your computer:

BUT, you can still play a regular .WAV download on your computer; you will NOT be able to play the .WAV download on a regular CD player.  You MUST create the CD from the .WAV file download in order to play it on your CD player.

I don't think it can be made any simpler than this.

Thanks guys, but that's all Greek to me! You're way beyond me.
WAV and FLAC are both lossless, but WAV is not compressed; a full CD worth of WAV files would be around 700Mb, while FLAC would be about half that.

Being a Linux enthusiast, I’m not experienced with Apple stuff and can’t comment on that.

When I rip CDs or FLACs for use on my SanDisk players, computer or phone, I use Ogg Vorbis at 192K. Although it’s a lossy codec, I can’t tell the difference from the original. A full CD rips to around 100Mb. That is no larger than a 256K MP3 and sounds better.
To play through iTunes you would need to convert the Flac file.
It's not great sound quality, but it'll do. Really fast scherzo too (which is third).
Thank you. That'll save me from spending more than I need to.
44khz and flac is what you want.
OK, you can decide for yourselves if the 39 minute finale works for you or not. You can also access the links to the other movements. He certainly gets their usually 'reserved' sounding horn section to blast out. Good sound, obviously.
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