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Online hbiss

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2021, 01:20:32 AM »
Windows will only let you format a USB drive with FAT 32 if it is 32 GB or less.

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2021, 01:29:49 AM »
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(I'm not sure what today's terminology is for them)

Ghetto blaster.  :011:

Give it a try and let me know. The manuals for both vehicles I have say to just plug it in and it should come up. Depending on what display you have it should show the tracks.

Keep in mind that the Ford Sync is prone to problems. So don't be surprised if it isn't you. The one in my pickup (09') won't connect with bluetooth to my phone anymore.

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2021, 07:38:47 PM »
So Ed, were you out cruising around today with your top down, blasting your tunes and picking up chicks or is it still not working?  :058:

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2021, 07:41:28 PM »
So Ed, were you out cruising around today with your top down, blasting your tunes and picking up chicks...


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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2021, 12:51:08 AM »
Well, I was at the beach, and I was in my cruising vessel, but it was in the 40s with a stiff wind blowing, so there wasn't much cruising going on.  My sister and I sat inside at her beach house drinking beers and watching basketball.  Oh well, a bad day at the beach is still better than a good day at the office, right?

Anyway, I've had marginal success.  Hal, I'm sure there's something that I'm missing.  While I don't profess to know a whole lot about computers, I am pretty sure that I'm doing it the right way.  I thought I had managed to get four albums to convert to MP3 and hoped I'd be listening to them on the drive down.  Nope; my ghetto blaster system in the car said no way, it was not going to play it.  I looked at the file names on the converted files and despite the fact that they were supposedly converted, they still showed as MP4 files.

This got me to thinking:  There must be a better way.  I know that I had an app on my laptop that crashed last year that allowed me to save YouTube videos, but it offered me the option of saving just the audio or both the audio and video.  These were check boxes, so there was no mention of MP3, etc.  After my laptop crashed, I lost that app.

I went looking on the internet last night for it and it was nowhere.  I did find however that C*Net had an article listing their top-ten pics for YouTube downloader apps.  Most really didn't look like what I wanted, but one stood out.  It was called 'Airy' https://www.eltima.com/products/youtube-downloader/ that looked like what I'm looking for.  It's a paid service, but only $20.00.  Because it offers a 24 hour free trial, I gave it a go and it worked perfectly.  Straight from the YouTube link to an MP3 (or other) file in a single operation.  I tried it out and got four full albums on a thumb drive in about 15 minutes.  The pros:  It is super easy and inexpensive.  The cons:  It only offers about four MP4 versions and one MP3.  It also requires a software download.  That's fine for what I'm looking for, but maybe not for others.  Airy makes it perfectly clear that their service is there solely for people to copy and convert their OWN material and not to bootleg protected material.  If they only knew how many cassette tapes I made back in the day...

I found and tried another one tonight, called 'Easy MP3 Converter' https://www.easymp3converter.com/v1/, which is free and does not require a download, but it is loaded with embedded pop-up ads (the kinds that ad blockers can't reach, like on Facebook).  Not a big deal for what I'm doing since they're easy to skip.  I converted and downloaded about 40 albums in a little over an hour directly to a USB drive.  The fact that it's free and has so much junk advertising leads me to believe that it's probably something I should stay away from.  Still, none of my malware or virus detection caught anything, at least for now.

Using both of these, the files on the USB drive show as MP3 and through a random sampling of media players, they all seem to play.  I'm not saying that this is the definitive solution, but for $20.00, I may just go with Airy and hope for the best.  The simplicity is what I was seeking, rather than having to download, convert, save and then copy the files.

I will say that one thing I noticed when using my Ford "ghetto blaster", it gives an audible warning when ANY USB drive is plugged in stating that it does not support protected material, however after waiting a few seconds, it plays them just fine.  That may have been my issue all along; I was hearing that warning and just assuming that it wasn't going to play.

My quest is far from over, and I'll be sure to post back once I've figured out the best solution.  As always, thank you all for your ideas and advice.  I can't imagine going anywhere else when I really need an answer.
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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2021, 08:31:06 AM »
I use this free online converter and have for years.  It hasn't failed me yet, and it's not advertising overkill:

https://www.zamzar.com/
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Offline EV607797

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2021, 06:59:31 PM »
Stacey, that was the first one I tried and it's how I managed to download a little bit of music.  When I signed up though, it cost $9.00 per month.  I went ahead and paid for it for one month, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it.
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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2021, 09:59:14 PM »
With all the converters Ed has tried he should be ready to write a review article.  :003:

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2021, 07:25:01 AM »
With all the converters Ed has tried he should be ready to write a review article.  :003:

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And we know he's capable.   :066:

I didn't know they had a paid version.  I suppose I've never had to bulk convert.
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Offline EV607797

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2021, 10:42:04 PM »
Ha!  Thanks for the compliments, but no, I'm not all that on computers.  I don't know where I'd be if not for the assistance I get here from time to time.

Stacey, they offered a free 24 hour trial period, but after that, it was $9.00 per month.  I had signed up, but got whizzed when the amount they actually charged me was more, supposedly due to exchange rate differences.  It was less than a dollar more, but I thought that was shady.  I cancelled it and they assured me that I am free to keep using it for the month I paid.
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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2021, 11:02:31 PM »
I just use one of the free youtube to mp3 downloaders. 
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Offline EV607797

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2021, 12:41:04 AM »
Well, these free downloaders and converters for MP3 files may have been too good to be true.  I'm now getting a message from Zamzar.com that they have agreed with YouTube to stop directly converting their material.  In addition, the one that I've been using, EasyMP3Converter.com, is returning a "something went wrong" when I tried that one. 
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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2021, 10:57:20 AM »
There are a lot of ways to make it happen.  I have a desktop program that I use often for pulling down lectures and CE classes so I can fast forward.  You can also stream them to Audacity or Wavepad.  This online one seems to work well:

https://www.converto.io/

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2021, 01:04:17 PM »
This one seems to be working for me right now:  https://youtube-to-mp3.org/youtube-to-mp3/

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Re: Downloaded music format question
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2021, 01:37:42 PM »
This is the one that I had been using before I lost my hard drive.  Fortunately, I paid for a lifetime license on one device and was able to track down the payment.  From there, I was able to get the link and also got them to transfer my license.  It's amazingly simple and lets you peel out the video and audio from an MP4 right at the top.  It's the only one I've been able to get that will let me put music directly from YouTube videos onto USB drives that will actually play in car sound systems.  I'm happy.

http://youtubemusicdownloader.us/
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