How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer (step-by-step)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to rip (copy) music from an audio CD to a computer in a few different ways.

You can copy songs from your music CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3, WMA, WAV or FLAC audio format.

What is ripping a CD?

Ripping a CD is copying music from an audio CD to a computer.

What is a CD ripper?

A CD Ripper (also known as CD grabber, or CD extractor) is software that converts tracks on a CD to standard computer audio file formats, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, or Ogg Vorbis.

Why ripping a CD?

A few reasons why someone might want to rip a CD, are:

How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer using Windows Media Player in Windows 7, 8 and 10

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

2. Open Windows Media Player.

3. In the left sidebar of Windows Media Player, you click on the CD/DVD drive of your PC (e.g., AlbumName (E:)).

4. Click on Rip Settings, go to Format and choose an audio format (e.g., MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, etc.).

5. Click again on Rip Settings, go to Audio Quality and choose 256 Kbps or 320 Kbps.

6. You can uncheck the songs you don't want to rip.

7. Click on Rip CD located at the top.

Windows Media Player will now rip (copy) music from your CD to your computer's hard drive.

Windows Media Player will save the songs in the Music folder on your PC.



How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer using iTunes

iTunes is installed on any Mac OS X computer by default and is updated through the App Store.

You can download the Microsoft Windows version here.

1. Open iTunes.

2. Insert the CD you want to rip into the CD/DVD drive of your computer.

iTunes will try to retrieve information about your CD from the Internet.

3. If a CD Lookup Results window appears, you select your CD from the list and then click on OK or click on Cancel.

4. iTunes will ask you to import your CD into your iTunes library. This is not necessary for ripping your CD, so the choice is yours.

5. Click on Import CD.

6. At Import Using, you choose an audio format (e.g., MP3, WAV or ACC).

7. At Setting, you choose Custom.

8. At Stereo Bitrate, you select 256 kbps or 320 kbps.

9. Click on OK to save the settings.

10. Click on OK.

iTunes will now rip (copy) music from your CD to your computer's hard drive.



How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a free program for burning and copying CDs and DVDs and other disc-related tasks.

This program's user-friendly interface, menu, and step-by-step wizard will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

You can visit the product page for more information about the program and to download the program.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio Free allows you to easily rip music from an Audio CD to your computer's hard drive, in MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC or another audio format.

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

3. In the left menu, you go to Music and then click on Rip Audio CD.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now check your CD.

4. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will try to retrieve information about your CD from the Internet.

5. If a CD selection window appears, then select your CD from the list and click on OK or click on Cancel.

6. You can uncheck the songs you don't want.

7. Click on the Next button at the bottom right.

8. At Output Folder, you can view and change the location on your computer where Ashampoo Burning Studio will save the songs.

To change the location, click on the Browse button, select a location on your computer and then click on OK.

9. At Output Options, you can select an audio format (e.g., MP3).

10. Click on Change Options.

11. Select a bitrate of 256 kBit/s or 320 kBit/s (quality) and then click on OK.

12. Click on the Rip button at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now rip (copy) music from your CD to your computer's hard drive.



How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer using Media Monkey

You can download Media Monkey here.

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

2. Open Media Monkey.

3. In the left sidebar of Media Monkey, you click on the CD/DVD drive of your PC (example: E:\[Audio CD]).

4. Click on Rip Audio CD located in the top toolbar.

5. At Destination, you can view and change the location on your computer where Media Monkey will save the songs.

To change the location, click on the small folder button, select a location on your computer and then click on OK.

6. At Format (top right), you can select an audio format (e.g., MP3).

7. Click on Settings.

8. At Use presets, you select Insane: CBR ~320 kbps - Highest Quality and then click on OK.

9. At Tracks to be ripped, you can select the songs you want to rip.

10. Click on OK located at the bottom right.

Media Monkey will now rip (copy) music from your CD to your computer's hard drive.



How to rip (copy) music from a CD to a computer using FreeRip

You can download FreeRip here.

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

2. Open FreeRIP.

3. At Output Folder, you can view and change the location on your computer where FreeRIP will save the songs.

To change the location, click on the Browse button, select a location on your computer and then click on OK.

4. At Ripping Options, you select an audio format (e.g., MP3).

5. Click on Settings located at the top right.

6. Click on Encoding.

7. Go to MP3 Encoding.

8. Click on Mode and then click on the [...] button at the right of VBR - Variable bitrate.

9. Select CBR - Constant bitrate.

10. Click on Bitrate and then click on the [...] button at the right of 192.

11. Select 256 or 320.

12. Click on OK to save the settings.

13. You can uncheck the songs you don't want to rip.

14. Click on the Rip Disc button located at the bottom.

FreeRip will now rip (copy) music from your CD to your computer's hard drive.


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