How to rip (copy) a song from a store bought CD

Short Version

To rip tracks from an audio CD

  1. Insert your CD into the CD drive.
  2. On the File menu, point to CDs and Devices, point to Rip Audio CD, and then click the CD drive that contains the audio CD that you want to rip.
  3. The Rip feature is displayed and all tracks are selected to be ripped if you have not previously ripped them from the CD.
  4. If there are any tracks that you do not want to rip, clear the check box next to them.

You can select the check box  at the top of the list to clear or select the check boxes next to all tracks.

  1. Click the Rip Music button .

 Notes


Long Version with Pictures

To rip tracks from an audio CD

  1. Insert your CD into the CD drive.
  2. On the File menu, point to CDs and Devices, point to Rip Audio CD, and then click the CD drive that contains the audio CD that you want to rip.
  3. The Rip feature is displayed and all tracks are selected to be ripped if you have not previously ripped them from the CD.
  4. If there are any tracks that you do not want to rip, clear the check box next to them.

You can select the check box  at the top of the list to clear or select the check boxes next to all tracks.

  1. Click the Rip Music button .

Setting options for ripping CDs

You can set the following options by using the Rip Music tab:

To access the Rip Music tab


Rip music to this location

Option Description
Change Click to change where audio files are stored.
File Name Click to select the information that appears in the file name of tracks that you rip from CDs.

 


Rip settings

Option Description
Format Lists the types of music files in which you can rip CD tracks. By default, the available options are Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Audio (variable bit rate), Windows Media Audio Lossless, and MP3.
Copy protect music Specifies whether tracks copied from CDs in Windows Media Audio format are protected files. A license is required to play protected files. Licenses help protect the copyrights of artists by preventing illegal distribution. Selecting this check box may prevent you from playing the tracks on another computer.

 Note

  • You should back up your licenses to a floppy disk periodically. If you reinstall or upgrade your operating system, your licenses could be lost even though you retained your protected files.
Rip CD when inserted Specifies that CDs are automatically copied to your library when inserted into the CD drive. This feature enables you to rip several CDs in succession, especially if both this option and the Eject CD when ripping is complete option are selected.

You can play the CD while it is being copied.

Eject CD when ripping is complete Specifies that CDs are automatically ejected when the Player has finished ripping them. This option enables you to rip several CDs in succession without having to eject each CD manually.

You can play the CD while it is being copied, but playback stops when ripping is completed and the CD is ejected.

Audio quality Adjusts the compression quality when you rip CD tracks to your computer as Windows Media Audio files. Ripping tracks at a higher quality requires lower compression, a higher bit rate, and more disk space. The sound quality decreases the more the tracks are compressed.

 Created 12-14-05