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CUE File

A cue file, or cue sheet, is a metadata file which describes how the tracks of a CD or DVD are laid out.

CUE files are stored as plain text files and commonly have a “.cue” filename extension. CDRWIN first introduced cue sheets, which are now supported by many optical disc authoring applications and media players.

For an audio CD, a cue file specifies titles and performers for the disc and its tracks as well as the names of one or more audio files to be used. MP3, WAV, AND BIN files are often used, although some programs support other formats.

Cue files are especially useful when burning or listening to live sets where all tracks are recorded in one file. CUE files are also used for many types of CDs in conjunction with an image file. The image file generally has a “.bin” extension.

CUE file is a kind of text file that defines the way tracks are organized on compact discs and super-audio CDs (SACDs). For example, a CUE file may contain the song name, performer, and length of each track on the disc. CUE files are written in a standard format and therefore are recognized by most CD playback and editing programs.

Open CUE files using Daemon Tools

Install Daemon Tools and reboot. After reboot a small icon should be appear in the TrayBar as it showed on the picture.


Click on this icon with left mouse's button and there will appear a popup window with available VIRTUAL drives. Refer to the picture, it is available empty virtual drive I:


Select any drive you want (it could be not empty) and there will appear a file selection dialog asking you to provide a image file (for example cd.cue) to use it and emulate a CDROM. Browse and select CD.CUE file like it showed on the image and click 'Open'.


Now the image is connected to virtual drive and you can explore a disk like it is loaded into cdrom.


Open CUE fils using MagicISO

  1. Download, intall, and run Magic ISO.

  2. Click 1 button on toolbar

  3. Choose CUE file and click Ok to open.

  4. Drag files or folders from Windows Explorer to ISO file panel or Folder panel. or click 2 or 3 button for adding files or folders.

  5. Click 4 to create new folder

  6. Click 5 to edit properties of CUE file.

  7. Click 6 to rename file or folder.

  8. Click 7 to remove files or folders away from CUE file.

  9. After complete to add and edit CUE file, click 8 button to save file, or click 9 button to save with new file.

APE files, which include the CUE extension (according to MP3-Converter.biz), are commonly used with "Monkey's Audio." The format is highly useful because of its ability to compress audio without significant quality loss. However, while this format is useful for digital audio recording and mixing on a computer, it is not ideal for playback on iPods and other MP3 devices. To convert your high-quality CUE files to MP3s, you'll need a special converter program. Fortunately, with the right software and the right steps, conversion can be achieved in just a few minutes.


Step 1

Download and install Magic APE to MP3 Converter. Remember, CUE files are a subset of the APE extension, so this converter will work with your CUE-formatted audio.

Step 2

Double-click on the recently downloaded "ape2mp3.exe" file and follow on-screen directions to automatically install the converter software.

Step 3

Open your Magic APE to MP3 Converter software after the program has finished installing.


Step 4

Click Add Files located near the top left-hand side of the screen and indicated with a large folder icon. A new window will open after you have clicked.


Step 5

Use the new window to browse your computer's files, looking for the CUE file you want to convert. Click "OK" when you've selected the CUE file. Make sure you remember the location of the folder containing the CUE file, because the freshly converted MP3 file will be saved to the same folder.


Step 6

Select To MP3 from the list of conversion options, then click the Convert button located just beneath the "Add Files" button.



Step 7

Wait a moment while the program automatically converts the file; conversion typically takes less than 1 minute. Upon completion, a dialogue box will pop up asking if you want to view the recently converted file; click "Yes" to view the file or "No" to continue converting more CUE files.


When you download a game, the file is usually a BIN or ISO file, depending on the website or Bittorrent server you use. To open a BIN file, you must have a CUE file which contains a list of instructions to burn the BIN image. Sometimes the corresponding CUE file is lost when you download a BIN file. Follow these steps to create a CUE file you need to open a BIN file.

1 Right-click the blank space in the folder where the BIN file is located and then select “Text Document.”


2 Open the new document and click “File”-“Save as.”


3 Give the document a same name as the BIN file with filename extension of .cue. For example, if the BIN file is named as “mygame.bin”, name the new document as “mygame.cue” and click “OK.”


4 Type “FILE” mygame.bin “BINARY” in the new CUE file (replace “mygame.bin” with the name of your BIN file), then click “Enter.”

Type “TRACK 01 MODE1/2352” and click “Enter” again.

Type “INDEX 01 00:00:00” and in the toolbar select “File” and “Save” and then close the document.



5 Open your favorite CD/DVD disk burning program. Find out the BIN file and burn it on a recordable CD or DVD disk. MagicISO and Nero are part of the programs which can open BIN files and burn BIN images.

6 If your want to extract the BIN file, open the disk burning program, find out the BIN file, and click “Extract” and then “OK.” The image will be saved on your hard drive. You can have access to them like you will do with any other file.