DIY: How to rip a CD as MP3s

How to rip a CD as MP3s Ripping the tracks on your music CDs into MP3 files is easier than ever, thanks to the latest music managers and jukeboxes. That said, there are a few settings to tweak to ensure your new files are named properly, stored in the proper directory, and sound their very best. Use this tutorial to guide you through the steps of ripping MP3s. Choose either Windows Media Player or iTunes, depending on your personal preference.

Required attention span: 3 to 10 minutes per CD, depending on your drive speed.

Before you start, you'll need to gather these elements:

  • CD drive
  • Audios CDs
  • Windows Media Player (for Mac or Windows) or Apple iTunes (for Mac or Windows)
Click here if you are using iTunes

Using Windows Media Player:

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Launch Windows Media Player

First, open Windows Media Player (WMP) by clicking Start > All Programs > Windows Media Player. Make sure the player window is maximised (click the blue box just to the left of the red X in the upper-right corner of the screen) so that you can access the main menu options. Next, check to see if you have the latest version of WMP: click Help, then select "Check for player updates." If an update is available, a window will appear with downloading instructions.

Step 2: Tweak the encoding settings

Now let's configure WMP's MP3 encoding settings. Click Tools > Options from the main menu, then select the Rip Music tab.

File location: Under the "Rip music to this location" heading, check the path on your local drive where WMP will save ripped music files; the default is the My Music folder in your My Documents directory. Want to change the location? If so, click the Change button and pick a new path.

You can designate where you want Windows Media Player to save your ripped files in the Options windows. Click here to enlarge image.
Filename: Plan on listening to your tunes on a portable music player? If so, you'll probably want to append track numbers to your music files so that they'll play in the right order. Click the File Name button, then make sure the box next to Track Number is checked. You can also have WMP put other details in the track name and add separator characters between words.

File format: By default, WMP rips music in the Windows Media Audio format. To switch to MP3, go to the Rip Settings heading, and select MP3 from the Format pull-down menu.

Bit-rate setting: Just beneath the Format menu is the Audio Quality slider; click and drag the selector to pick your setting. We think 128Kbps is the best compromise between file size and sound quality, but those with sensitive ears may prefer 160Kbps or even 192Kbps.

You can adjust the bit rate for your new MP3 files by clicking the slider in the Options window. Click here to enlarge image.
Finishing up: Click the OK button at the bottom of the Options window to return to the main WMP interface.
Step 3: Get album and track info

Click the Rip tab at the top of the WMP interface and insert your CD into your system's CD-ROM tray; WMP will automatically scan the disc and grab album and track info from the All Music Guide and the Windows Music database. If the player finds a match, it will appear below the track list. If everything looks good, click the Finish button. If not, click the Search button to search again, or click Edit to tweak the info manually.

Windows Media Player will scan your CD and scour the Web for track and artist info. Click here to enlarge image.

Step 4: Pick your tracks

If you don't want to rip every track on your CD, go to the track list and clear the check boxes next to the tracks you want skipped. If you want WMP to rip all the tracks on the CD, just leave everything as is.

Want Windows Media Player to skip some tracks? Just clear the check boxes next to the tracks you'd rather not rip. Click here to enlarge image.

Step 5: Let 'er rip

In the top-right corner of the WMP interface, click the Rip Music button. If a pop-up window appears asking if you want your music ripped into WMA files, select the "Keep my current format settings" radio button to keep your MP3 settings intact.

Once you click Rip Music, Windows Media Player will begin encoding your music to MP3 files and save them to your local drive. Click here to enlarge image.

Step 6: Find your files

Once WMP is done ripping your files, click the Library tab, then the various All Music categories in the left-hand column; you'll find your new tracks right there.

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elly_girl posted a comment   

Thanks , goo info
I use [audio CD Ripper] as its easy & simple , fast while ripping , supports many extensions & it has a sweet interface ]
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Kenny posted a comment   

Greate Article, thank you.

But there is a lot of 3-rd party cd rippers.

I use 'Handy CD Ripper' and i like it.


LTB2B posted a comment   

This is very good. Putting Diagrams and enough detailed descriptions made the process easier.

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