Hi, all. I'm Aaron, and I'll be your newbie today.
(mass reply): hiiiiii aarrrrooon . . .
I've tried to be a good little newbie and do searches first, and in fact I think I may have figured out what to do with these darned APE files. Let me tell you, and correct me where I go wrong.
I'm new to Monkeys Audio. I have acquired a folder which contains a CD in the form of: 1 big .APE file, a .CUE file, and several .APL files (the .APL files reflect the track titles). I've been wondering how to use, say, Nero, to burn m'sef a CD. After reading some posts here I searched for, I think I have it, by Jove!
All you set up to burn (under burn ISO CD, or whatever it says) in Nero is the .CUE sheet. This references what will actually be burned. However, Nero doesn't recognize the .APE reference. In fact, there is no .APE reference. I read the .CUE sheet, and it references a .WAV. After some head-scratching, I think I figured out that I must use the Monkey Audio app to extract the APE file to a WAV. THEN load the .CUE sheet and burn the gosh-darn CD. (I'm also assuming that the .CUE sheet and the .WAV it references should be in the same directory . . . eh?).
That sound right??
However, that still leaves me wondering exactly what the .APL files are for. I'm thinking they have something to do with creating titles for the tracks on the CD burned (?).
In fact, I've taken a look at one of the .APL files, and it seems to reference the original .APE file, and has start/end blocks. I'm wondering if I'm supposed to use the MAC app to decompress the .APE file along with the .APL's, and if that might in fact create separate .WAV files for each track.
Or am I just plan whacky?
Great as Monkey Audio would seem to be, it's documentation is rather shoddy, and the website even less useful.
Also, as a sub-question: I'll also want to create compressed audio tracks (mp3) of this CD for portability. Need I necessarily do this from the CD I will create, or is there a simply/easy way to create, say, Mp3's, directly from the .APE file?
These are the questions I bring unto you.
Thanks so much,