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Audio CD to MP3 Ripping with Windows Media Player

An audio cd rips through the white background of the page, creating a large tear. The program icon from Windows Media Player is overlaid on the bottom-right of the image.

Windows Media Player is simple and effective for most people's CD ripping needs. The technique can be mastered in under 15 minutes. There's nothing to download or install; Windows Media Player is built in to Windows.

You can even configure Windows Media Player to rip your CDs automatically. Just insert a CD and it starts copying to your hard drive.

Windows Media Player works for people who can live with: A very high quality copy of your CD but not a perfect copy. Limited control over folder and file name structure. Small album cover art images. No volume control.

If you just want to build a reasonably organized music collection for free with very little effort, Windows Media Player is for you. And Knowzy will show you how to do it.


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Learn how to rip CDs in 15 minutes or less. Take a closer look at the pros and cons of using Windows Media Player to rip your CD collection. Learn how to copy CDs automatically. Ask questions and join discussions on the Feedback page.

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

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 6:11 PM PT

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