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For Seniors: Rip Music from a CD or DVD

If your Windows laptop has a CD/DVD drive and you place a CD/DVD in that drive, Windows Media Player will ask if you want to rip the music from the disc to your laptop. Doing so stores all the tracks on your laptop.

  1. To control how ripping works, begin clicking the All Apps button on the Start screen and locating and clicking Windows Media Player in the list of apps. Click the Organize button and choose Options.

  2. Click the Rip Music tab to display it.

  3. In the Options dialog box, you can make the following settings:

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    • Click the Change button to change the location where ripped music is stored; the default location is your Music folder.

    • Click the File Name button to choose the information to include in the filenames for music that is ripped to your laptop.

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    • Choose the audio format to use by clicking the Format drop-down list on the Rip Music tab.

    • If you have permission to copy and distribute the music, you may not want to choose the Copy Protect Music check box. If you're downloading music you paid for and therefore should not give away copies of, you should ethically choose to copy-protect music so that Windows prompts you to download media rights or purchase another copy of the music when you copy it to another location.

    • If you don’t want to be prompted to rip music from CD/DVDs you insert in your drive, but instead want all music ripped automatically, select the Rip CD Automatically check box.

    • If you want the CD/DVD to eject automatically after ripping is complete, select the Eject CD after Ripping check box.

  4. When you finish making settings, click the OK button to save them and close the Options dialog box.

  5. When you insert an audio CD/DVD in your internal or external drive if you haven’t selected the Rip CD automatically option in the Options dialog box, Windows Media Player asks if you want to rip that music. Click Yes and the music is ripped into your Music library.

Use the Audio Quality slider to adjust the quality of the ripped music. The smallest size file will save space on your laptop by compressing the file, but this causes a loss of audio quality. The Best Quality provides optimum sound, but these files can be rather large. The choice is yours based on your tastes and your computer’s capacity!

If you don’t have a CD/DVD drive in your laptop, consider buying your music online and downloading it to your computer. With services such as Amazon.com’s Cloud Player or Apple’s iTunes, any music you buy can be stored online so you can play it from any computing device. See the task “Buy Music from the Windows Store” for more details about buying music online.

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