Ripping Songs from Audio CDs

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated April 13, 2015)

If you have an audio CD, you can copy songs from it and create audio files on your computer. This process is known as "ripping." The process for ripping is quite simple using Windows Media Player, which has the capability built-in. All you need to do is insert the CD into your system and start Windows Media Player. (If the audio CD starts to play automatically, you can stop the playing.) Windows Media Player automatically tries to determine the contents of the CD and then displays those contents. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Windows Media Player.

You rip individual tracks by selecting them (i.e., mark the tracks you want to rip with a checkmark to the left of the song title) and then clicking the Rip CD button on the toolbar. Each track's progress is indicated in the Rip Status column. When the ripping is complete, the ripped tracks will be contained in individual files in your music library. In this case, the created files are .wma files, so you can simply double-click one of them from Windows Explorer to have it begin playing.

 This tip (12370) applies to Windows 7.

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Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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