How to Rip Music from an 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 music from an audio CD to your PC in a few different ways using free and paid software.

You will copy songs from your music CD to your computer's hard drive in MP3 audio format, but you can also 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 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 Audio CDs to Your PC using Ashampoo Burning Studio

Ashampoo Burning Studio is a program for burning and copying CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

And:

It also allows you to rip music from an Audio CD to your computer's hard drive, in MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC or another audio format.

Ashampoo Burning Studio has a user-friendly interface, menu and a step-by-step wizard that will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

If you want more information about Ashampoo Burning Studio, then click here (link with 60% discount).

(You can also download it and try it for free for 30 days)

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

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now check your CD.

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio 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. Make sure that MP3 is selected at Output Options.

9. Click on Change Options.

10. At Profile, you select CD Quality 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 the songs.

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

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

Ashampoo Burning Studio 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 Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a free program for burning and copying CDs and DVDs.

And:

It also allows you to rip music from an Audio CD to your computer's hard drive, in MP3, WAV or another audio format.

Ashampoo Burning Studio has a user-friendly interface, menu and a step-by-step wizard that will help you achieve your disc-related tasks, easily and quickly.

If you want to download Ashampoo Burning Studio Free, then click here.

By the way.

There's also a paid version of Ashampoo Burning Studio that has slightly more features and settings than the free version.

If you want more information about the paid version, then click here (link with 60% discount).

(You can also download the paid version and try it for free for 30 days)

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. Make sure that MP3 is selected at Output Options.

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

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 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 the songs.

To change the location, click on the Browse button, select a location on your computer and then 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 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 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. 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 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. Windows Media Player will save the songs 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.

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 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 and 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 an audio CD to your PC's hard drive in MP3 audio format.

You can install K3b via Software Manager or you can install it 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. In the top left section of K3b, you click on your CD.

In the right section, you will see the songs that are on the CD.

4. 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. At Filetype, you click on the selection menu button and select MPEG1 Layer III (mp3).

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

8. Click on Manual settings.

9. Click on the Change Settings button.

10. At Constant Bitrate, you click on the selection menu button and select 256 kbps.

11. Click on OK.

12. Click on OK.

13. At Target Folder, you can see the location on your PC where K3b will save the songs. To change this location, click on the button, select a location on your computer and then 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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