If You Think All You Need To
Insert A CD In Your Computers
Tray And Drag The Files On To
Your Desktop..Think Again!
To convert a CD to
mp3, you need to do two things:
1. Get the music from the CD on to your computer
2. Convert that music to mp3 format
Fortunately most modern day programs have the ability to do both
these processes and many can do both processes at the same time
(which makes it a whole lot easier).
How NOT to do it!
First, let's look at how NOT to copy a CD on to your computer.
The most common mistake computer users make is that they think
all they have to do is put the CD in to the tray and "drag"
the file(s) across to their desktop. THIS DOESN'T WORK!
This is because when
you "drag" files from a CD that's in the tray, all your
computer actually does is create "shortcuts" to each
track instead of copying the actual music on the CD.
To complicate matters even
more, you probably think you've done it correctly because when
you click on your link on your desktop, it plays(!) so you automatically
assume that it's worked and that you've copied it over on to your
However, the only reason it's playing is because when you click
on the "shortcut", it then goes and finds the song which
is still on the CD in the tray and plays it - take the CD out
of the tray and then try playing it and you'll find that it won't
This is because the actual music isn't on your computer, it's
still on the CD.
How to do it
So, how do you get the music from the CD on to your computer I
hear you ask? Well, the answer is you need a special program to
do it. Fortunately there are hundreds of programs (many of them
free) which can do this job which is known as "ripping".
The most popular programs for "ripping CD's" are probably:
Each program works and handles
the CD and the files it rips in a slightly different way so I
won't go in to detailed explanations of how each program works,
but once you've chosen a program you want to use, simply refer
to its help files for exact instructions on how to rip your CD.
Converting the CD audio to MP3
Just about every CD ripping program available today will convert
the audio to mp3 for you too. Some may do it at the same time
as it's ripping the CD, others may rip the CD first then require
you to convert those audio files to mp3 using a different part
of the program. Either way, refer to the instructions that come
with the program you're using - they should take you through the
whole process step by step and make it as easy as possible for
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