How to Rip a CD: 5 Easy Steps

Have you ever ripped a CD before? If you have never ripped a CD, this article is intended to teach you how to rip a CD without any hitch using your computer devices. Ripping a CD is the act of copying music, messages, or other files from a CD to your computer hard disk. With the assistance of Windows Media Player, WMP, this is software developed by Microsoft to enable a quick and free transferring or copying of audio files from a CD to the computer. There are various versions of Windows Media Player such as WMP 10, WMP 11, and WMP 12 respectively. Although ripping a CD using these WMP programs are almost the same process, except for version 12 that has different preview functions and library setup.

Let us understand the ways you can quickly rip a CD.

How Can I Rip a CD to My Computer?

1.Insert an Audio CD into Your Computer Device

Firstly, open the Windows Media Player on your computer and insert an audio CD into the system. If you want to eject the CD tray at the side or in front of your computer’s disc drive, you can press or push a button. After placing the CD inside the computer, Windows Media Player searches and connects to the internet automatically. It will identify your CD, registers the name of album, artists, and titles of songs. WMP will begin to copy and transfer the files into your PCs hard disk. Moreover, it will start to list and number them according to their titles. At the end of this exercise, it will store them in the WMP library for further use.

2.Select the First Track and Right-Click on It

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The second step here will be to select the first track and right-click on it. Then, select ‘Album Info,’ especially if the WMP opens with no information on it. You can even search for the album by typing its name into the search box and then clicking search to get more details about the music. The necessary details about the file include the name of artist and song titles. Then, click on ‘Next’ and proceed to ‘Finish.’

You can also right-click on the first song and click edit. Then, type in the title of the song. Other ways to locate the music on the CD is by using the artist’s name, music genre, year tags, and song titles accordingly. The default setting selects all the songs on the CD to rip, but you can change this setting by clearing the boxes and leaving only your choices songs.

After ripping the CDs, Windows Media Player will automatically transfer them into your music folder and place them in the WMP library for further use. You can also delete any song from your library by clicking the library button and right-clicking the song, then select ‘delete.’

3.Creating Audio Files in MP3 Instead of WMA

Your computer can easily copy these audio files to your computer as MP3 files. However, you need to program it to do so, if not, it will create and store them as WMA files. This type of data cannot play on some smartphone devices, iPads, and other music players.  A simple way to program your Windows Media Player to create audio files in MP3 format instead of WMA files is to click on the ‘Organize button’ in the top-left corner, and then, selecting ‘Options.’ After this, locate the ‘Rip Music icon,’ and then find the ‘Format drop-down menu’ and select MP3 instead of WMA. This process will give you an MP3 file. Additionally, you can improve the audio quality by pushing it a bit from the usual 128 to 256, in fact, you can even raise it to 320 for a more powerful sound effect.

4.The Legal Requirements on Ripping a CD

Now that you have known how to rip a CD, you should understand the legal implications on ripping an audio file, as this would help you to identify the steps to follow and stay protected from violating copyrights laws.

Here are some of the legal requirements we think you should know before ripping any CD.

 If the original CD belongs to you, you can copy it for some good reasons but do not distribute it to your friends and neighbors. Again, you are not expected to rip a CD that you borrowed from a friend or neighbor. If you do this, you are infringing on the proprietary rights of the producer. You can also transfer digital music files to your MP3 player, but the records must be ripped from the original copy of the CD owned by you or by purchasing from digital internet files. Most importantly, if there is no copyright notice on a CD does not mean it is free to rip into your systems.

5.The Limitations on Your Rights to Rip a CD

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Downloading ripped copyrighted audio CD files from fake internet sources is not ideal and ensure that you do not use file-sharing programs that may give others access to your legitimate CD copies. You are not expected to use copyrighted audio files on your website or YouTube channel. These actions may put you at risk of being sued by RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America, and other nations have their regulatory agencies accordingly.

A benchmark of these rules is that you are not expected to copy files from a CD to distribute to others and because you can copy CDs to your system does not mean you should even do it. Understand the rules and stay away from litigations.

Ripping a CD is one of the ways to preserve interesting musical or audio pieces in a computer device. In fact, such musicals become portable and easy to carry to any destination without stress if you download them into your smartphones. However, be careful to observe copyright laws applicable in your area to avoid legal consequences. There is a video that shows you how to rip a CD on your PC.

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