On Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, when you insert a CD disc to the optical driver, you will notice audio tacks are in the extension of .cda with a name in the format Track##.cda. If you copy the .cda files to computer, the files will be become useless and will not be played. That’s because the .cda file is only a shortcut to part of the disc and do not contain the actual PCM wave data, but instead tell where on the disc the track starts and stops.
To copy or store the .cda files to Windows 8 computer, you will need to convert CDA to MP3 or WMA (compressed lossy audio) or convert CDA to WAV, WMA lossless, FLAC (compressed lossless audio) etc.
This article introduces a popular and professional CDA Converter for Windows 8 and a step-by-step guide to convert CDA to MP3, WMA, WAV, WMA lossless, FLAC, OGG, M4A, AC3, etc on Windows 8.