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How to Rip Music from a CD in Windows Media Player

You can use Windows Media Player to rip music from a CD in your Windows Vista computer. This violent-sounding act really just creates a digital copy of the songs from your CD on your computer. And no, ripping music doesn't actually remove the song from the CD; it just makes a copy.

Windows Media Player offers a few different formats for ripping. For example, the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format offers you a smaller file size and good audio quality. Windows Media Audio Lossless provides better quality at the cost of a larger file size. Other choices include MP3 and WAV.

  1. Insert an audio CD in your computer’s CD drive.

    Remember: This is the source CD that contains the music you want to copy.

  2. Open the Windows Media Player, click the Library tab, and then click the album or playlist from the CD drive to open it.

    The CD should appear in the Now Playing link on the Navigation pane.

  3. Click the Rip tab.

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    The titles on the currently open item are automatically ripped (copied) to the open library.

    If there is a track you don’t want to copy, unmark its check box in the Rip window.

  4. When the rip is complete, the titles appear in the playlist in the Library window.

You can now remove the CD, but its songs will remain in the Windows Media Player library for your listening pleasure.

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