How to convert CD to MP3

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How to convert CD to MP3 on PC

Be vuoi scoprire how to convert CD to MP3 on your computer Windows, the instructions you must follow are the ones you find below. You can do this either by using the tools already included in the operating system or by resorting to the use of third-party solutions.

Convert CD to MP3 with Media Player


If you want to convert CD to MP3 on Windows, you can first rely on Windows Media Player, the media player included by default in almost all editions of the Microsoft operating system. Its operation is extremely intuitive.


What you have to do to be able to use it is, first of all, insert the disk to be ripped into the CD player connected to the computer, open Windows Media Player, facendo click sul Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbar and selecting il collegamento to the program in the Start menu that has opened (if you can't find it, to solve it follow the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to download Windows Media Player, obviously it's because the program is not active).

Now that the Windows Media Player window is displayed, select the del icon diskette which automatically appears in the left sidebar. At this point, click on the button CD Copy Settings which is at the top left and first select the option MP3 from the menu Size and then the voice 320 kbps from the menu Audio quality (in order to obtain files of not very small size but of very high quality).



Next, click on the button Copy from CD which is always at the top and wait for Windows Media Player to process all the tracks on the disk. Easier than that?

If you don't want to rip all the songs but only some of them, before clicking on the button Copy from CD uncheck the title of the tracks you don't want to save on your computer. The final MP3s will be saved inside the folder Music Windows, in a sub-folder with the same name as the ripped album.

Convert CD to MP3 with Nero

Another tool you can consider turning to to rip your audio discs is Black, the historic and renowned burning suite specifically for Microsoft operating systems. It is paid (it has prices starting from 49,95 euros, depending on the version chosen), but a free trial version is available that works without limitations for a few days.

To download the trial of Nero Burning ROM (which is the version of the program that contains the tool for ripping CDs), visit the Nero website and click on the button Download that you find next to the software name. Then type your e-mail address in the appropriate field that you see appear and click on the button Download. For more details, you can refer to my specific guide on how to download Nero for free.

Once the download process is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on the Yes button in the window that appears on the desktop. Subsequently, check the box relating to acceptance of the terms of use of the program, click on the button Install now e poi quello I will start.



Then enter your e-mail address in the appropriate field in the Nero window, click on the button Next, enter the password that was sent to you by e-mail in the field provided and press the button again Next. Then select the link Skip for now that you find below, in order to activate the trial of the program.

At this point, select the button Nero Burning ROM that you find on the main screen of the software, check the box relating to the acceptance of the license terms and conditions, click on the button OK and close the new screen that appears relating to the use of the trial version.

Now, insert the audio disc on which to act in the CD player connected to the computer, close the screen for creating a new project that you see appear, click on the menu Extras placed in the upper left and on the entry Save Tracks audio present in it.

In the new window that opens, go to the tab Origin and select your CD player from the top menu, then go to the tab Exit, scegli l'opzione MP3 give menu to tendin File format and adjust the audio quality via the drop-down menu Quality, indicate the output folder by pressing the button Shop by Department that you find next to the item Directory output and his bottone award Copy, in order to start the procedure.


If you do not want to transfer all the audio tracks on the disk to the PC, before starting the ripping procedure as I have just described, remove the spit mark from the box next to the name of those you do not care that you find in the visible screen after selecting the menu Extras> Save Tracks.


Convert CD to MP3 with VLC

Another tool you can turn to to perform the operation covered by this guide is VLC. In case you have never heard of it, I inform you that it is a famous multimedia player, totally free, of an open source nature and able to "digest" practically any audio and video format without resorting to external codecs, which it also integrates functions for ripping diskettes.

To download VLC to your computer, go to the program's website and click on the button Download VLC. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file ottenuto e, nella finestra che compare sul desktop, clic sui pulsanti Yes, OK, NEXT (three times in a row) e Install. Then finish the setup by clicking on the button end.

At this point, insert the disk you want to rip into the CD player connected to your computer, select the menu Media placed in the upper left part of the VLC window that in the meantime has appeared on the desktop and click on the item Convert / Save present in it, then go to the card disc in the new screen that appears.

In the new window that appears, select the option Audio CD at the section Disc selection, then select your CD player from the drop-down menu Device to disk, adjust the other available options (to see all available options, check the box next to the item Show other options) and click on the button Convert / Save located at the bottom right.

Finally, select the option Audio - MP3 give menu to tendin Profile, click on the button with the wrench adjacent to adjust bitrate, sampling etc., indicates the location where you want to save the contents of the CD by clicking on the button Shop by Department next to the wording Destination file and his bottone award starts, in order to start copying the disc.

Other solutions to convert CD to MP3 on PC

None of the programs that I have already pointed out has convinced you in a particular way and then you would like me to show you other solutions to convert CD to MP3 on Windows? Here you are satisfied! In fact, below you will find listed additional software useful for the purpose that you can evaluate to use on your PC.

  • fre: ac - it is a free and open source program, very reliable and fast, which allows you to perform conversion operations working with all the most popular audio files, such as M4A, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, AAC etc., and which also allows to copy the contents of the CDs to the hard disk of the PC. For more information, read my guide focused on audio CD programs.
  • iTunes - this is the Apple software through which you can organize and play your music library, as well as manage any iOS / iPadOS devices you may own. I have chosen to report it to you as it also offers a convenient function through which it is possible to transfer the contents of audio discs to a PC in the form of MP3. For more information, I recommend reading my specific guide on how to use iTunes.
  • Express Rip - free program that, as can be easily deduced from the same name, allows you to convert CDs to MP3 and various other formats, in an incredibly simple and fast way. It also allows you to adjust settings related to output files and has a fairly intuitive user interface.

How to convert CD to MP3 on Mac

If you use a Mac, you can convert CD to MP3 using Music, Apple's multimedia software included by default in MacOS for the management and playback of music that starting from macOS 10.15 Catalina replaced iTunes (which continues to be available for Windows).

To be able to use it for your purpose, log in to Launchpad selecting the relative icon (Quella with i colored squares) that you find on Dock bar and select l 'Music application icon (Quella with the music note) from the newly displayed screen.

When you see the Music window appear, go to the menu Music> Preferences present at the top left, select the tab Fillet in the new screen that appears, click on the button Import settings and select the item MP3 encoder give menu to tendin Import using. Next, choose the option Customize give menu to tendin Settings, set the item 320 kbps from the menu Stereo bit rate located in the upper part of the window that opens and click on the button OK per salvare I modified it.

Now, insert the disk on which to act in the CD player connected to the Mac, click on the button Yes to answer the request to import Music and wait for the conversion process of songs to MP3 to start and finish. If Music doesn't show any warnings, select the disc name that appears in the menu devices present in the left sidebar, click on the button Import CD present at the top right and confirm your intentions to start the ripping procedure.

If you do not want to convert all the songs included in the CD but only some of them, first remove the check mark from the box next to the title of those you do not want to save on the Mac in the disk screen. The MP3 files generated by the application will be automatically saved in the iTunes music library.

If Music does not satisfy you, keep in mind that there are valid ones alternative applications to rip CDs, as in the case of VLC and the software listed in the previous step, which are available not only for Windows but also for macOS. Operation is practically the same even on the Apple operating system.

How to convert CD to MP3 on Ubuntu

A PC equipped with Ubuntu, one of the most popular and popular Linux distributions, I recommend that you turn to the use of Sound juicer to convert CD to MP3. It is, in fact, a free application that allows you to extract audio tracks from music CDs and save them as MP3 files (and other file formats).

To install Sound Juicer on your computer, start theUbuntu Software Center, by clicking on theicon appropriate (the one with the orange shopping bag) located in the left sidebar, click on the icon with the magnifying glass present at the top of the window displayed and type "Sound juicer" in the search field that appears, then select the relevant risultat and press pulsating Install located under the application icon. To complete the operation you will be asked to type the administration password on Ubuntu.

Once installation is complete, start Sound Juicer by selecting the relevant one icon which was added to the Launcher Ubuntu, select the mouth Pref Renze from the top left menu and choose the option MPEG Layer Audio 3 give menu to tendin Output format. Also indicate the folder you intend to use for output via the menu Folder and the CD player you want to use via the drop-down menu CD drive, then click on the button Close.

Next, select all the tracks you want to rip by putting the check mark next to their titles, then click the button Extract and wait patiently for all songs to be converted to MP3 and saved to your computer.

If in carrying out the steps I have just indicated you are notified that the profile cannot be used, it means that you have not yet installed the MP3 codec on your PC. If so, go to System settings and click on the icon related to Software and Updates. In the window that opens, select the tab Software for Ubuntu and put the check mark next to the items Community maintained, free and open source software (universe) e Software with copyright or legal restrictions (multiverse).

When completed, start the terminal, issue the command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras followed by pressing the key Submit on the keyboard and answer S to the request made to install the MP3 codec (along with other "proprietary" software) on your computer. When prompted, select the button OK in the Terminal to accept the conditions of use of the software to be installed.

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