copy a CD to PC.
Copying your music CD's to your computer is generally called ripping. You rip the CD.
Although there are lots of programs out there that you could use to rip your CD's, we're going to use Windows Media Player.
Media Player is fine for this job and it's already installed on most PC's.
Load the audio CD that you want to copy into the CD/DVD tray.
Ignore any pop up messages that appear.
If the CD starts playing, just stop it by clicking the X in the top right corner.
Then start Windows Media Player by clicking the START button, then type -
When Windows Media Player appears at the top of the list, left click it.
If this is the first time you've used Media Player, you may see the Welcome to Windows Media Player window.
Just click the RECOMMENDED settings button and then click FINISH.
Once Media Player has started up, look down the list in the left pane and click the name of your CD.
The contents (music tracks) will be shown in the right pane.
On some computers, Windows Media Player will be set to rip audio CD's in a format called Windows Media Audio (WMA).
We don't want that. We want all our ripped music to be in the MP3 format.
MP3 is a far more versatile file format. Which means you'll be able to play your music on most devices.
So it's well worth checking that Media Player is set to copy your music as MP3 before we start.
For more information about file formats click What are File Formats
In the window that opens, check your on the RIP MUSIC tab.
Then look at the FORMAT box.
If it's set to MP3, your good to go. If it's set to anything else, click the drop down arrow head, then click MP3.
You can also change the quality of the recording on this page.
let it rip.
You'll only have to check or change the rip settings this once. Windows Media Player will remember and use these settings from now on.
So now we're all set up, it's time to copy that CD.
If this is the first time you've ripped a CD, you may see the Rip Options window.
Click the DO NOT ADD COPY PROTECTION TO YOUR MUSIC option and then click I UNDERSTAND THAT MUSIC COPIED etc.
Adding copy protection will severely limit what you can do with your music. You don't want it.
Finally click the OK button.
Once the rip process starts, you can see what's happening by checking the RIP STATUS column.
- Pending - is waiting to be ripped.
- Ripping - is being copied.
- Ripped to library - it's been copied.
Windows Media Player will automatically create a new folder, inside your Music folder, to store your ripped CD.
When all the tracks have been RIPPED, it's worth going to your Music folder and checking that the CD is there and that all the tracks are there (it wouldn't be the first time a computer has fibbed).
Change CD and go again.