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Step 3: Insert an Audio CD and Rip


Ripping CDs using Windows Media Player

Overview/What You Need

  1. Run Windows Media Player
  2. Configure Ripping Preferences
  3. Insert an Audio CD and Rip (Viewing)
  4. Enjoy Your Music!

It is time to create some MP3 files! First, make sure you are connected to the Internet and have Windows Media Player running. Now insert your audio CD into a CD-ROM on your computer.

If an Auto-Play dialog box appears, hit cancel. If any new programs pop up, exit out of them.

Switch to the Rip CD Screen Click the "Rip" tab (above) if it is visible. If you don't see the Rip tab, no worries, just open the menu, select "View", then "Go To" and finally select "Rip".

Windows Media Player Showing the Rip CD tab selected
Windows Media Player Rip CD Screen

Circled: "Rip" tab brings you to Rip CD screen. "Start Rip" button starts the conversion process.


Verify Album Information Make sure Windows Media Player correctly identified your CD. You should see the artist name, song titles and the album name. This information is obtained from the Internet, so make sure you're connected.


Click "Start Rip" and You Are Off Start the conversion process from audio CD to MP3 by clicking the "Start Rip" button (labeled "Rip Music" in Windows Media Player 10). Your files will be ready in 5 to 20 minutes (depending on the speed of your computer).


If This Happens... The first time you click the Rip Music button, you may get a message from Microsoft trying to convince you to use their Windows Media Audio format. Just select the "Keep current settings" option and click Continue to begin ripping to MP3.

Microsoft would love it if you used their own audio file format instead of the MP3 format to store your music. But what's best for Microsoft and what's best for the average user are not always the same.



Ripping CDs using Windows Media Player


Originally Published:  Friday, September 16, 2005, 5:00 PM PT

Last Updated:  Monday, June 27, 2011, 10:39 PM PT

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