How to easily convert an audio CD to MP3 files using Windows Media Player

Very often when you buy a CD you like to have also its MP3 version in order you can upload it in a MP3 reader or a smartphone.

There are a lot of SWs that can do that (even free ones) and possibly you have to install the proper codec (e.g. Lame). However if you have a Windows 10 PC (or even a older version one) you have already installed the SW that can do the work!! It is Windows Media Player that you possibly already use to listen music: in fact, this desktop application allows also to rip music (e.g. convert a CD audio to MP3 files) in a very easy way, as I’ll explain in the following.
Note that, on the contrary, the Groove Music app player does not have that rip feature, at least for the time been …

You can launch the Windows Media Player from the Start apps list or searching through Cortana:

Launch of Windows Media Player from the app list

Launch of Windows Media Player from the apps list

Launch of Windows Media Player searching with Cortana

Launch of Windows Media Player searching with Cortana

Once a CD is inserted in the reader, all its track are shown in that application: it also recovers from Internet all the related information (e.g. title of each track, cover, album name, genre) … and all of them will be used to populate the metadata of the next generated mp3 files.
Media Player 4
Before start e ripping, you can possibly choose the best options for you, going to Organize -> Options – Rip Music (or from >> -> Rip settings – Audio quality).

Options related to location, format, audio quality

Options related to location, format, audio quality

BECAREFUL:

  • The Rip CD item is available only if an audio forder is selected in the left tree menu (e.g. the F: in the following case, that is the driver mapped to the DVD reader of my PC) otherwise it is missing.
  • The Rip CD item is enabled only if you select at least one track you want to rip.
Check of the audio quality setting for the ripped music

Check of the audio quality setting for the ripped music

The Rip CD option is not available because no folder containing music is selected in the tree menu

The Rip CD option is not available because no folder containing music is selected in the tree menu

The <em>Rip CD</em> option is available and enabled because a folder containing music is selected in the tree menu and some track is checked

The Rip CD option is available and enabled because a folder containing music is selected in the tree menu and some track is checked

If the application window is small, the Rip CD option is reachable through the >> icon (1)

If the application window is small, the Rip CD option is reachable through the >> icon (1)

If the application window is small, the Rip CD option is reachable through the >> icon (1)

If the application window is small, the Rip CD option is reachable through the >> icon (2)

The Rip CD option is disabled because no track to be ripped is selected

The Rip CD option is disabled because no track to be ripped is selected

 

All tracks are selected to be ripped

All  tracks are selected to be ripped

To start the rip select Rip CD (may be throuh the >> option menu, if that application window is small).
The MP3 files of all the selected tracks will be generated in few minutes and you will find them in the Music defined folder.

Here you can find a video that I did in order to make all the procedure more clear and easy to be understood 😉

Note that as each selected track is ripped, it is unchecked and the job starts with the next checked one.

 

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