Transferring songs from CDs to personal computers is not as time consuming and difficult as one may perceive. If you have a large CD music collection that you want to have on the go with you, a great option is to rip the CDs to your computer, into a music library. Then, it is a simple process to sync your music collection to your portable device.
You will need
- Windows Media Player for Mac or Windows
- Mp3 player
- Audio CDs
- Computer with CD drive
- Launch Windows Media Player by going to Start > All Programs> Windows Media Player. Ensure the player window is maximised so that you can access the main menu options.
- Check to see if you have the latest version of Window Media Player by clicking Help > Check for player updates. If an update is available, a window will appear with downloading instructions.
- Configure WMP’s MP3 encoding settings by clicking Tools > Options > Rip Music.
- Under the “Rip music to this location” heading, check the path on your local drive where WMP will save ripped music files; the default is the My Music folder in your My Documents directory. To change the location, click the Change button and pick a new path.
- Append track numbers to your music files so that they will play in the right order. Click the File Name button, then make sure the box next to Track Number is checked. You can also have WMP put other details in the track name.
- By default, WMP rips music in the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. To switch to MP3, got to the Rip Settings heading, and select MP3 from the Format pull-down menu.
- Click the OK button at the bottom of the Options window to return to the main WMP interface.
- Click the Rip tab at the top of the WMP interface and insert your CD into your system’s CD-ROM tray; WMP will automatically scan the disc and grab album and track information from the All Music Guide and the Windows Music database. If the player finds a match, it will appear below the track list. If everything looks good, click the Finish button.
- If the above does not work, click the Search button to search again, or click Edit to tweak the info manually.
- 10. Uncheck the tracks you don’t want to rip from your CD to your library; if you want WMP to rip all the tracks, do not uncheck any boxes.
- 11. In the top right corner of the WMP window, click the Rip Music button. If a pop up appears asking if you want your music ripped to WMA files, select the “Keep my current format settings” radio button to keep your MP3 settings intact.
- 12. Once WMP is done ripping your files, click the Library tab, then the various All Music categories in the left hand column; you will find your new tracks there.
Syncing files to MP3 player
- Connect MP3 player to computer using a USB or firewire cable.
- Follow instructions to customise preferences.
- Sync files from your library to your MP3 player.
- When sync is complete, eject media player and disconnect it from your computer.