How to Rip Music from a Audio CD to Your PC in MP3 Format

Rip Music from a CD to PC in Mp3 Format

This tutorial will show you step by step how to rip (copy) music from a audio CD to your PC in a few different ways using free and paid software.

Your songs will be copied from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format, but most programs also allow you to choose another audio format, like WMA, WAV or FLAC.

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Ripping CDs to your computer using free and paid ($) software:

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What is Ripping a CD?

Ripping a CD is simply copying music from a 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 Audio CDs to Your PC using Ashampoo Burning Studio 18

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

3. Go in the left menu to "Audio + Music" and choose "Rip Audio CD".

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now check your CD.

4. When your CD is checked and OK, you click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will try to retrieve information about your CD from the internet and after that it might open a "CD selection" window.

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

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

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

8. Make sure that "MP3" is selected at "Output Options".

9. Click on "Change Options".

10. Select "CD Quality" at "Profile" and then click on "OK".

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

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

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now rip music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio Free.

3. Go in the left menu to "Music" and choose "Rip Audio CD".

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now check your CD.

4. When your CD is checked and OK, then click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will try to retrieve information about your CD from the internet and after that it might open a "CD selection" window.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Make sure that "MP3" is selected at "Output Format".

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 located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now rip music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

How to Rip Audio CDs to Your PC 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. Go to the left sidebar of Media Monkey and 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 your ripped songs.

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

6. Make sure that "MP3" is selected at "Format" located at the top right.

7. Click on "Settings".

8. At "Use presets", select "Insane: CBR ~320 kbps - Highest Quality" and 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 music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

How to Rip Audio CDs to Your PC 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 your ripped songs.

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

4. Make sure that "Rip Selected Tracks to MP3" is selected at "Ripping Options".

5. Click on "Settings" located at the top right.

6. Click on "Encoding".

7. Go to "MP3 Encoding".

8. Click on "Mode" and then on the ... button located at the right of "VBR - Variable bitrate".

9. Select "CBR - Constant bitrate".

10. Click on "Bitrate" and then on the ... button located 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 music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

How to Rip Audio CDs to Your PC 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. Go to the left sidebar of Windows Media Player and click on the CD/DVD drive of your PC (e.g. AlbumName (E:)).

4. Click on "Rip Settings", go to "Format" and choose "MP3".

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 music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format. Your songs will be saved in the Music folder on your PC.

How to Rip Audio CDs to Your PC 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 and after that it might open a "CD Lookup Results" window.

3. If a "CD Lookup Results" window appears, then select your CD from the list and 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. Choose at "Import Using" a audio format, such as MP3, WAV or ACC.

7. Choose "Custom" at "Setting".

8. Select "256 kbps" or "320 kbps" at "Stereo Bitrate".

9. Click on "OK" to save the settings.

10. Click again on "OK".

iTunes will now rip music from your CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

How to Rip Audio CDs to Your PC using K3b in Linux (Linux Mint & Ubuntu)

K3b is a well known CD/DVD burning application for Linux (e.g. Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

K3b can also be used for ripping (copying) music from a Audio CD to your PC's hard drive and into MP3 audio format.

You can easily install K3b via Software Manager or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install k3b

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

2. Open K3b.

3. Click in the top left panel (section) of K3b on your CD.

4. In the right panel (section) of K3b you will see the songs that are on the CD and if you want you can uncheck the songs you don't want to rip.

5. Click on "Start Ripping" located above the songs.

rip a audio cd to pc hard drive using k3b in linux mint and ubuntu

A "CD Ripping" window will appear...

6. Click at "Filetype" on the selection menu button and choose "MPEG1 Layer III (mp3)".

7. Click on the button located next to the selection menu button.

8. Click on "Manual settings".

9. Click on the "Change Settings" button.

10. Click at "Constant Bitrate" on the selection menu button and select "256 kbps".

11. Click on "OK".

12. Click again on "OK".

13. At "Target Folder" you can see the location on your PC where the songs will be saved. To change this location, click on the button, select a location on your computer and click on "OK".

14. Click on "Start Ripping".

K3b will now rip music from your CD to your PC's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

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