How to Rip Music from a CD to Your Computer

Have you ever wanted to add music to your web site?
Do you want to add music to your powerpoint presentation?

It’s a very easy thing to do if you have Windows Media Player 10. If you have a PC running windows then you probably already have it installed in your computer by default. If not, you can simply upgrade your current Windows Media Player.

Definition of Ripping

Ripping means to copy music from a CD. When you rip a CD, you can either copy the entire CD or copy selected tracks, and these are created as files on your computer.

Ripping helps preserve your CDs because after they have been ripped, you no longer need to use them when you listen to that music on your computer. Simply start Windows Media Player, find the music in your library, and play it. You can also mix that music with other music in a playlist to extend your listening possibilities.

Steps to Rip Music from a CD to Your Computer


Music CD
Windows Media Player 10 or above
CD drive

1. Open windows media player and connect to the Internet

2. Insert your audio CD into the CD drive, and then click Rip.

3. All songs are selected to be ripped if you have not previously ripped them.

4. Clear the check box next to each song, for songs you do not want to rip. You can use the check box at the top of the list to select or clear all check boxes.

5. Click Rip Music.

6. The first time you rip music, you are prompted to choose the format for the files being created. Click one of the following options:

a) Keep my current format settings. This option keeps your current file format and audio quality level settings and immediately starts ripping the songs you selected to your computer. By default, the Player uses the Windows Media Audio format, which optimizes the balance between file size and sound quality.

b) Change my current format settings. Select this option if you want to change the format, bit rate, storage folder, or other options. After you click an option, click OK. (To change the format or audio quality settings later, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Rip Music tab.)

7. After the songs have been ripped, you can find and play them in your library.

Choosing a Format

By default, the Player uses the Windows Media Audio format, which optimizes the balance between file size and sound quality. You can also choose one of the following formats:

-Windows Media Audio (variable bit rate), which can reduce the file size but may also take longer to rip.

-Windows Media Audio Lossless, which provides the best audio quality but increases the file size.

-MP3 format, new in Windows Media Player 10, which provides more flexibility when choosing a format.

Freeware for ripping CDs


Save audio CD tracks to Wav, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis or FLAC audio files

Exact Audio Copy

Free audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives


Quickly Rip CDs to Your Computer

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