How to Copy a CD As One Track

by Quinten Plummer

Gaps inserted between tracks by a CD or MP3 player can diminish the effects of a mixed CD--instead of tracks flowing into one another, there is a 1 to 2 second pause. By ripping a CD as a single track, you can enjoy seamless transitions between album tracks. And all it takes to rip a CD as one track is a CD ripping utility with the right features.

FreeRip

Install a copy of FreeRip and then launch the utility. Insert the audio CD that you wish to rip into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Click on the "Rip" heading, located at the top of the FreeRip utility, and select "Multi Track Ripping" from the drop-down menu that appears.

Click on the list-menu labeled "Output Format," in the Multi Track Recording menu, to set the type of file your track will be saved as. Click on the "Rip" to button to copy your CD as one continuous track.

iTunes

Use iTunes to rip your CD. Launch iTunes and then insert the CD into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Click on the "Advance" heading and then select the "Join CD Tracks" option from the drop-down menu that appears.

Click on the "Import CD" option to begin ripping the CD.

Audiograbber

Launch AudioGrabber and then insert a CD into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Right-click on the last track in the list in AudioGrabber and then select "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Copy the entry in the "Last" field located beneath the "Sector" heading.

Right-click on the first track in the list and open its" Properties" menu. Paste the data you copied from the last track into the "Last" field on the first track's "Properties" menu.

Uncheck all of the boxes next to the tracks, expect for the box next to track 1--leave it checked. Click on the "Grab" button to rip the tracks.

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About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

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