How to copy music from CD to computer on Windows 11

Learn how to copy music from a CD to your computer in Windows 11.

After you finish copying the music from your CD to your PC, you can copy the music to an SD card, USB Flash Drive, external hard drive, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.


1. Insert the CD you want to rip into the CD/DVD drive of your PC.

2. Click on the Windows start menu button.

Windows 11 start menu button

3. Type wmp.

4. Click on Windows Media Player.

Open Windows Media Player in Windows 11

5. The CD will appear in the left menu of Windows Media Player. If you see it, click on it.

CD in Windows Media Player

6. Click on Rip settings located in the top menu and above the tracklist of your CD. If you don't see this option, you might need to maximize the Windows Media Player window.

Rip settings in Windows Media Player

7. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) to Format.

8. Select an audio format (e.g., MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV). If you want the best quality but still keep the file size of the songs relatively small, then select the FLAC audio format.

Select an audio format in Windows Media Player

9. Click again on Rip settings.

Rip settings in Windows Media Player

10. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) to Audio Quality.

11. Select a quality (e.g., 256 Kbps, 320 Kbps). You only need to select a quality for the MP3 audio format. 320 Kbps is the best audio quality for the MP3 audio format.

Select a audio quality in Windows Media Player

12. You can uncheck the songs you don't want to copy to your PC.

Uncheck songs in Windows Media Player

13. Click on Rip CD.

Rip CD button in Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player will now copy music from your CD to your computer.

You will find the CD in the “Music” folder on your PC.