How to convert CD to MP3: Doing some order in the attic you found old music CDs and now would you like to listen to them all? If I were you, instead of being there to change the disk in the stereo every now and then, I would convert everything to MP3 and listen to music directly from my computer or smartphone. How do you say? Have you thought about it too but don’t know how to convert CD to MP3 ? You surprise me. This is such a simple operation that I thought you didn’t need help to do it. Anyway, don’t worry, I’ll settle for you right away.
Take a few minutes of free time and put the directions below into practice. In no time you will find out how to import the tracks of your favorite music CDs onto your PC and how to transform them into MP3 or other audio file formats. I assure you it is really a no-brainer. Think, you won’t even need to download additional programs to your computer: you can do everything with the software that is already included “standard” in Windows or macOS.
And for those who use Linux? No problem. I know of very simple to use applications that allow you to “rip” CDs even on Linux, and more precisely on very popular distros such as Ubuntu. Would you like to know more? Well, then read on: find all the information you need right below.
Rip CD to MP3 on Windows
The activity of converting CDs to MP3s is technically called “ripping” and consists of extrapolating the tracks from the standard audio CDs (those that can be heard in all stereo systems) and saving them on the computer in the form of MP3 or others compressed audio file formats such as MP3 or even uncompressed, such as WAV.
On Windows computers, this work can be easily accomplished by Windows Media Player , the media player included by default in almost all editions of the Microsoft operating system. Its operation is extremely intuitive. All you have to do is insert the audio CD to be “ripped” into your computer, open Windows Media Player (you can find it in the Start menu ) and select the diskette icon that automatically appears in the left sidebar.
At this point, click on the Copy settings from CD button located at the top left and select the MP3 option from the Format menu first and then the 320 kbps item from the Audio Quality menu (in order to obtain files that are not really very small in size). but with very high quality). So press on the Copy from CD button (which is always at the top) and wait for Windows Media Player to process all the tracks on the disk.
If you do not want to “rip” all the tracks but only some of them, before clicking on the Copy from CD button, remove the check mark from the title of the tracks that you do not want to save on the computer. The final MP3s will be saved in the Windows Music folder , in a sub-folder with the same name as the “ripped” album.
Note: if you use an “N” edition of Windows in which there is no Windows Media Player, you can transform audio CDs into MP3s using Fre: ac , a free and open source software that allows you to convert all the main file formats audio. I explained well how to use it in my tutorial on free MP3 converters .
Rip CD to MP3 on Mac
If you use a Mac you can turn CDs into MP3s using iTunes , Apple’s multimedia software included by default in all versions of macOS. Before going to the action and discovering how it works in detail, go to its settings (by selecting the Preferences item from the iTunes menu at the top left or by pressing cmd +, on the computer keyboard) and set the MP3 format as the output format for the songs Ripped from audio CDs.
Then select the General tab from the window that opens, press the Import Settings button and select the MP3 Encoder item from the Import using drop-down menu . Next, choose the Custom option from the Settings drop-down menu , set the 320 kbps item from the Stereo bit rate menu located at the top of the window that opens and click OK to save the changes.
Finally, insert the music CD into the Mac, answer Yes to the iTunes import request and wait for the process of converting the songs to MP3 to end. If iTunes does not show any warning, select the disk icon that appears at the top left, click on the Import CD button (top right) and give OK to start the “ripping” procedure.
If you don’t want to convert all the songs included on the CD but only some of them, remove the check from the title of those you don’t want to save on the Mac. The MP3 files generated by the application will be automatically saved in the iTunes music library.
iTunes is also available for Windows (as a separate program to download for free from the Apple site ). If you want, you can also use it on Microsoft home systems by following the same instructions that I have just given you for the Mac version. For more info on this, see my tutorial on how to download iTunes .
Rip MP3 CDs on Ubuntu Linux
If you use a PC equipped with Ubuntu Linux, you can “rip” music CDs with Soud Juicer , a free application that allows you to extrapolate audio tracks from music CDs and save them as MP3 files (and other file formats).
To install Sound Juicer on your computer, start the Ubuntu Software Center (the orange shopping bag located in the left sidebar), search for “sound juicer” and click on the Install button which is located in front of the icon. application. To complete the operation you will be asked to type the Ubuntu administration password.
When installation is complete, start Sound Juicer , went into its Preferences by selecting the appropriate item from the menu on the left and set the output format of MPEG Audio Layer 3 . If you are told that the profile cannot be used, it means that you have not yet installed the MP3 codec on your PC.
Then go to System Settings and click on the icon for Software and updates . In the window that opens, select the Software tab for Ubuntu and put the check mark next to the items Maintained by the community, free and open source software (universe) and Software with restrictions on copyright or legal reasons (multiverse) .
When the operation is complete, start the Terminal , give the command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras and answer S to the request made to install the MP3 codec (together with other “proprietary” software) on your computer. When prompted, select the OK button in the Terminal to accept the conditions of use of the software to be installed.
Now you are really ready to take action! Then start Sound Juicer, set MP3 as the output format following the instructions I gave you before and select all the tracks you want to “rip” by placing a check mark next to their titles.
Finally, click on the Extract button and wait patiently for all the songs to be converted to MP3 and saved on your computer.
If you want to change the output folder where MP3s are saved (the default one is Music ) or you want to use another CD / DVD player with Sound Juicer, go to the application preferences and select your preferences from the appropriate drop-down menus.