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How to Rip CDs using Windows Media Player: Overview

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Ripping CDs using Windows Media Player

Overview/What You Need (Viewing)

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

Windows Media Player is the easiest option for converting your audio CDs into MP3 files. It's a standard part of Windows XP and Vista. It requires very little configuration. It automatically downloads song titles, album cover art and more. Best of all, takes very little time to master the CD "ripping" process.

This guide takes you through the steps and will have you ripping in 15 minutes.

Here's what you need to get started:

  1. Access to the Internet
  2. Windows XP or Windows Vista
  3. A recent version of Windows Media Player (version 10 or 11).
  4. A little space on your hard drive (at least 250 megabytes)

If you have think you have what it takes, take the first step in Knowzy's Step-By-Step guide, "How to Rip CDs with Windows Media Player"


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

Start your step-by-step lesson on using Windows Media Player to convert your CD collection to MP3 files.



Ripping CDs using Windows Media Player

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Originally Published:  Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 5:00 PM PT

Last Updated:  Monday, June 27, 2011, 9:03 PM PT

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