How to Rip CDs on My Laptop

By Perry Piekarski

Putting your music CD collection on your laptop is an ideal way to back up your music. Along with offering a safe way of storing all the songs you've purchased over the years, you can use the audio files in portable MP3 players and iPods. Ripping your CDs to your laptop is an easy task that takes only a few minutes, but it will require the use of a media player such as Windows Media Player or iTunes.

Windows Media Player

Step 1

Open Windows Media Player. If you have a desktop shortcut, use that. Otherwise, go to the Start menu on the task bar, click "All Programs" and find Windows Media Player on the list of programs that appears. If it isn't there, you may need to download and install Windows Media Player to your computer. The download is available for free on Microsoft.com.

Step 2

Insert the CD into your laptop's disc drive.

Step 3

Click the "Rip" tab in the media player. A list of all the songs on the album will appear. Uncheck the boxes next to any songs you do not want to import to your computer.

Click "Rip Music" to import the songs to Windows Media Player. The CD will then begin ripping, and the program will notify you when the process is complete.

iTunes

Step 1

Open iTunes. If you do not have it on your computer already, you must download and install it. It is available for free download on both Mac and PC at Apple.com.

Step 2

Insert the CD into your laptop's disc drive.

Step 3

Click "Yes" when the prompt appears asking if you would like to import the songs from the CD. If you click no, you can still import the songs by clicking the CD on the sidebar and clicking "Import CD" at the bottom right corner of the page. You can also choose which songs are imported by unchecking the songs you do not want to rip to your computer.

Wait for the songs to finish importing before removing the disc from your computer.

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