This article will show you how to convert any audio file to a universal format (such as MP3 or WAV) using Windows Media Player. To do this, the music is recorded on a CD and then copied to a computer in the required format. Please note that Windows Media Player only supports Windows.
Part 1 of 3: How to Burn a CD
Step 1. Insert a blank CD into the optical drive of your computer
You will burn the music you want to format on a blank CD, and then copy that music from the disc to your computer in the format you want.
- We recommend using a CD-RW disc because you can record, erase, and re-record.
- If your computer doesn't have a DVD drive, buy an external optical drive.
- Skip to the next section if you just want to convert the contents of the CD to audio files.
Step 2. Open the Start Menu
Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
Step 3. Enter windows media player
This will search for Windows Media Player.
Step 4. Click on Windows Media Player
This white play icon on a blue-orange background is at the top of the Start menu. Windows Media Player will open.
If you do not see the Player icon, it is not installed on your computer. If you install Windows 10 on a formatted hard drive, the Player will appear on the system; you can also upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Windows 10
Step 5. Click on the Music tab
It is located on the left side of the Player window. A list of songs will open.
Step 6. Go to the Recording tab
It's in the upper-right side of the window. The Recording panel appears on the right side of the window.
Step 7. Select music files
Drag each song that you want to convert to the Burn panel. A standard CD can record 80 minutes of music.
If the music you want is not in Windows Media Player, locate the audio files on your computer and drag them to the Recording pane of the Windows Media Player window
Step 8. Click Start Recording
It's at the top of the Record panel. Burning the music to the CD starts.
Step 9. Wait for the recording to end
This will take from a few seconds to several minutes. Set up disc copy at this time.
Part 2 of 3: How to Set Up CD Ripping
Step 1. Click the Arrange tab
It's in the upper-left side of the Windows Media Player window. A menu will open.
Step 2. Click Options
You will find this option in the menu. A window will open.
Step 3. Click on the Rip Music tab
It's at the top of the window.
Step 4. Select a folder to copy your music to
Click Change at the top of the Rip Music tab, select a folder and click OK.
Step 5. Select the file format
Open the Format menu in the middle of the page and select the desired audio file format.
- Popular formats are the universal MP3 format and the lossless WAV format.
- Any format labeled "Windows Media" is only compatible with Windows Media Player, so don't select those formats if you want to play your music on any player.
Step 6. Adjust the quality
Drag the slider at the bottom of the window to the right to improve the quality of each audio file. Be aware that improving the quality will increase the size of the audio file.
Step 7. Click Apply
It's in the lower-right corner of the window.
Step 8. Click on OK
This button is at the bottom of the window. The options window closes and you return to the Windows Media Player window.
Part 3 of 3: How to rip a CD
Step 1. Remove and reinsert the CD
This will cause Windows Media Player to recognize it as a copyable CD.
If you want to rip music from an already burned CD, just insert it into your computer
Step 2. Wait for the disc to start playing
This will take a few seconds.
Now playback can be paused
Step 3. Click on Copy from Disc
It's near the top of the Windows Media Player window. The files are copied from the CD to the computer in the selected format.
Step 4. Wait until all songs are copied to your computer
Usually, one song is copied in 10-30 seconds.
Step 5. Browse the copied files
Navigate to the copy folder you specified earlier and make sure all audio files are copied. They can now be played in the selected format.
In Windows, you can use not only Windows Media Player, but also install VLC, iTunes, or Groove media players
- Do not download software installers if there is no good antivirus on your computer.
- It may be illegal to copy or convert copyrighted audio files in your country. Therefore, check your local laws first.