I have several Spotify playlists that I would like to burn to audio CDs, after doing some light editing on the song transitions.

I would value some advice about my draft workflow below:

  1. Record the Spotify audio to AIFF, using something like Audio Hijack
    • I understand that recording Spotify might not produce the best quality audio. I have a paid Spotify account with high quality streaming, though, so it should be good enough.
    • Is there a better solution than using Audio Hijack here? Soundflower + …? Quicktime Player only seems to record to M4A, so it does not look like a good option.
  2. Edit the AIFF with something like GarageBand, Reaper or Audacity
    • Not sure what to use here. I find neither of the software entirely satisfying.
    • I need to burn gapless tracks.
  3. Export to… some format that I can easily burn? MP4 with tracks index? APE + CUE?
    • I'm at a loss here, because I do not have a CD/DVD drive on my own (MacBook Air) laptop, and will be using an iMac or PC at work.

Any comments/suggestions would be welcome.

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    just quickly as a comment - could supply full answer tomorrow... Audio Hijack, AIF to Reaper or Audacity, save results again as AIF, unless you know your player can use mp3 CDs etc [some can, some can't] Roxio Toast used to be the go-to disk burner, but haven't used it in a long time & idk if there's better [or free] alternatives these days. – Tetsujin Dec 2 '17 at 18:18
  • Thanks. Will Reaper or Audcaity export to something that I can burn (with no gaps between tracks)? – Fr. Dec 2 '17 at 18:52
  • The gapping is really done at the compile stage, in Toast etc. so long as you tighten the track ends in your audio editor. Standard gapping used to be 2s after & 2s before, giving the standard 4s gap between tracks - but that's always been modifiable [down to zero] & people tend not to gap as much as they used to. – Tetsujin Dec 3 '17 at 8:33
  • I'm concerned that I might not be able to install Toast at work, or might have to use a PC instead. Is there a free and cross-platform alternative that you would recommend? (With many thanks again for the suggestions!) – Fr. Dec 3 '17 at 11:52
  • Sorry, I really don't know - it's been a very long time since I burned CDs for anything. The Mac [& afaik, Windows these days] can natively burn audio CDs, but idk how much control you have over the gaps. – Tetsujin Dec 3 '17 at 12:58

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