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If you haven’t ripped your music CDs to audio files on your computer yet, it’s not too late. All it takes is a CD drive and a bit of time. When you’re done, your physical music collection will become your digital music collection.
You can then listen to that music on your computer or copy it over to your smartphone. There are even many free services that will let you store that music online and stream it from anywhere.
Get a CD Drive
Many modern laptops — and even desktop PCs — no longer include CD drives. If your computer of choice includes a CD drive, you’re good to go. (DVD drives double as CD drives, of course.)
If you don’t have a CD drive in your computer, that’s also not a problem. You can buy CD drives that connect to a laptop or any other computer over USB. You can buy external CD and DVD drives for as little as $12 on Amazon. Once you have that drive, you can keep it on hand and use it whenever you need to use a CD or DVD on a computer that doesn’t have a CD drive.
Choose Your Ripping Software
You’ll now need to choose the ripping software you want to use. Many popular programs you already use have CD-ripping capabilities. iTunes on Macs and PCs has this built in — by default, when you insert a CD while iTunes is running, it will ask to “Import” the CD into iTunes, ripping the music on it into digital files. Encoding settings can be controlled by clicking the “Import Settings” button in the iTunes Preferences window.
Windows Media Player also has this built in and is even still included by default on Windows 10. Launch Windows Media Player and you’ll be able to use the “Rip” button to rip the files on it to your computer. But you’re probably better off using iTunes or one of the more advanced programs below than Windows Media Player. If you do use Windows Media Player, make sure you don’t rip to WMA files and ensure copy protection is disabled so you don’t create DRM’d files that are limited in how you can use them.
Just using iTunes — or even Windows Media Player — will probably be fine for most people. But, if you want more control and advanced options, more advanced tools are also available.
Many audiophiles swear by Exact Audio Copy on Windows, also known as EAC, which incorporates advanced error correction features for near-perfect rips. You’ll also need to download the LAME MP3 encoder separately and provide it to EAC. CDex may not work quite as well as EAC, but may be simpler to use. Mac users should probably try Max, which also incorporates error-reduction features. LAME is the best-in-class MP3 encoder, and EAC, CDex, and Max can all use it.
Pick a Format and Bitrate
When ripping discs, you’ll need to choose a format and bitrate. Different formats have different compatibility — MP3 is the most compatible with the widest variety of devices, but AAC is more efficient and produces smaller files at the same quality level.
You’ll also need to choose a bitrate, or quality level — higher quality levels mean larger files. Some types of audio files are “lossless” and offer the maximum sound quality at the expense of larger file sizes. The open-source FLAC and Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) are examples of this.
This part of the decision is up to you. People who don’t care about file sizes and just want to archive their music collection at the highest quality level prefer to rip music into lossless FLAC or ALAC files for archival purposes — after all, you can always use an audio conversion tool to make smaller MP3 or AAC files from those, if necessary. But there’s no going from a lossy MP3 or AAC file to a lossless file — you’d have to re-rip the original discs to get those.
If you just want to rip to a collection that sounds good and will play on almost everything, MP3 is probably the best bet. When ripping to MP3s, you’ll probably want to use the LAME encoder and pick 256 kbps VBR as your quality setting — that’s what most people seem to recommend these days.
If you primarily use Apple software and devices, AAC or Apple Lossless is certainly a fine option that will work for you. Even Android smartphones play AAC files — but not every device does.
Tag Your Songs Automatically
The ripping program you’re using should be able to detect the discs you’ve inserted, look them up online, and automatically fill in the appropriate tags for each song — artist name, album name, track title, release year, and so on — for you. iTunes has this built in, and it’s named “Automatically retrieve CD track names from the Internet.”
Depending on the program you use, you may need to tweak your metadata provider settings and confirm that program is automatically tagging your music for you. This will save you a lot of time.
You may also want to modify the folder and file naming schemes. iTunes handles this for you by adding the ripped music into your iTunes library folder, but programs like EAC and CDex give you more control.
Be sure to back up your music collection once you’ve ripped it — onto an external hard drive, for example. You won’t want to go through the entire process again if your hard drive ever dies and you lose the files.
Вы можете импортировать песни с CD в свою медиатеку. После импорта песен их можно прослушивать, когда исходный CD не вставлен в дисковод.
По умолчанию песни кодируются в форматеAAC. Об изменении форматов см. в разделе Изменение параметров импорта.
Выбор действия, происходящего при вставке CD
В приложении «Музыка» на Mac выберите «Музыка» > «Настройки», затем нажмите «Основные».
Нажмите всплывающее меню «При вставленном диске», затем выберите один из вариантов ниже.
Показать CD. Приложение «Музыка» открывает CD, но не начинает воспроизведение или импорт.
Воспроизвести CD. Приложение «Музыка» начинает воспроизведение CD, не импортируя его содержимое.
Импортировать CD. Приложение «Музыка» автоматически импортирует CD.
Импортировать CD и извлечь его. Приложение «Музыка» импортирует CD, а затем извлекает его. Этот вариант удобно использовать, если нужно импортировать большое количество CD.
Предложить импорт CD. Приложение «Музыка» открывает CD и предлагает импортировать его содержимое.
Импорт песен с CD в медиатеку
Импорт большинства песен в приложение «Музыка» занимает несколько минут, а импорт всего CD — около 10 минут.
В приложении «Музыка» на Mac вставьте аудио-CD в CD- или DVD-дисковод компьютера либо во внешний дисковод, подключенный к компьютеру.
Если информация о CD не отображается, выберите CD в разделе «Устройства» в боковом меню.
В появившемся окне выберите дальнейшее действие.
Импорт всех песен на CD. Нажмите «Да». Приложение «Музыка» начнет импорт данных с CD. По завершении процесса перейдите к шагу 6.
Импорт только выбранных песен. Нажмите «Нет» и перейдите к шагу 3.
Когда в окне Музыки появится список песен, снимите флажки напротив песен, которые не хотите импортировать.
Если флажки рядом с песнями не отображаются, выберите «Музыка» > «Настройки», нажмите «Основные», затем убедитесь, что выбран параметр «Флажки списка песен».
Если Вы не подключены к интернету или приложение «Музыка» не может найти информацию о CD, песни отображаются с названиями «Дорожка 01», «Дорожка 02» и т. д. См. раздел Если песни не отображаются в приложении «Музыка».
Чтобы добавить выбранные песни в медиатеку, нажмите «Импортировать CD» в правой верхней части окна Музыки.
Во время импорта песен Вы можете продолжать пользоваться Музыкой.
Чтобы отменить импорт, нажмите «Остановить импорт». Все песни, которые приложение «Музыка» импортирует до того, как Вы отмените импорт, добавляются в Вашу медиатеку.
Когда импорт песен завершится, нажмите кнопку извлечения в правой верхней части окна Музыки.
После импорта песен в медиатеку Вы сможете воспроизводить их, создавать плейлисты с ними и выполнять другие действия.
Проблемы при импорте песен с аудио-CD
Если приложение «Музыка» на Mac не распознает аудио-CD или при импорте песен возникают проблемы, проверьте следующее.
Если включена коррекция ошибок, на импорт CD-дисков уйдет больше времени. Выберите «Музыка» > «Настройки», нажмите «Файлы», затем нажмите «Настройки импорта». Если флажок «Корректировать ошибки при чтении CD-диска» не установлен, установите его. Если он установлен, снимите его.
Если у Вас есть несколько CD- или DVD-дисководов, попробуйте использовать приложение «Музыка» с каждым из них.
Если импорт песни с CD занимает слишком много времени (больше 10 минут), возможно, CD испачкан или поцарапан. Почистите CD мягкой тканью без ворса, затем импортируйте песни еще раз.
Если при импорте песен по-прежнему возникают проблемы, посетите веб-сайт поддержки приложения «Музыка».
Если импортированные песни не звучат должным образом
Если при воспроизведении песен, импортированных с CD слышны потрескивания и щелчки, то, возможно, Ваш CD-дисковод считал диск неправильно. Попробуйте включить коррекцию ошибок и затем импортируйте песни еще раз.
В приложении «Музыка» на Mac выберите «Музыка» > «Настройки», затем нажмите «Файлы».
Нажмите «Настройки импорта», затем установите флажок «Корректировать ошибки при чтении CD-диска».
Вставьте CD и заново импортируйте песни.
Чтобы избежать дублирования объектов в медиатеке, удалите все песни, которые Вы импортировали ранее.
When you copy music, pictures, and videos from your PC to a blank CD or DVD, it’s called “burning.” When you copy music, pictures, and videos from a CD or DVD to your PC, it’s called “ripping.” You can use Windows Media Player to do both.
Burn CDs (or data DVDs)
With Windows Media Player, you can burn three kinds of discs: audio CDs, data CDs, and data DVDs. To decide which kind of disc you should use, you’ll need to think about what you want to copy, how much you’re copying, and how you want to play the disc. This table helps you decide what type of disc to use.
Choose this option if you want to make music CDs that you can play in your car, on your stereo, or on your PC.
Use this for music only
Capacity: up to 80 minutes
You can play a data CD on PCs and some CD and DVD players. The device must support the file types that you add to the disc, such as WMA, MP3, JPEG, or Windows Media Video (WMV). Choose this option if you have lots of music and a CD or DVD player that can play the file types you add to the disc or if you want to back up your media.
Use this for music, pictures, and videos
Capacity is about 700 megabytes (MB), or roughly 8 hours of music
You can play a data DVD on PCs and some DVD players. The device must support the file types that you add to the disc, such as WMA, MP3, JPEG, or WMV. Choose this option if you have a lot of files that won’t fit on a single CD because a data DVD has a lot of space.
Use this for music, pictures, and videos
Capacity is about 4.7 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 54 hours of music
You’ll need two things to get started:
A CD or DVD recorder drive (also known as a CD or DVD burner).
A blank CD or DVD.
You can make a CD that stores about 80 minutes of music and will play in almost any CD player. Or you can make a data CD or DVD that can hold several hours of music (or many photos or short video clips) and will play in PCs. A data CD will work in CD players that support the file types copied to the disc.
Here’s how to burn an audio CD:
Open Windows Media Player.
In the Player Library, select the Burn tab, select the Burn options button , and then select Audio CD or Data CD or DVD.
Insert a blank disc into your CD or DVD burner.
If your PC has more than one CD or DVD drive, select the drive you want to use.
Search for the items in your Player Library that you want to burn to the disc, and then drag them to the list pane (on the right side of the Player Library) to create a burn list.
When you’re finished with the list, select Start burn.
If you want to change the order of the items in the burn list, drag them up or down in the list.
If you want to remove an item from the burn list, right-click the item, and then select Remove from list. This removes the item from the burn list, but doesn’t delete it from your PC.
If your list has too many items for one disc, you can burn the remaining items to a second disc.
When you rip music from a CD, you’re copying songs from an audio CD to your PC. During the ripping process, the Player compresses each song and stores it on your drive as a Windows Media Audio (WMA), WAV, or MP3 file.
Ripped files are automatically saved to the Music folder, but you can change the location using the options on the Rip settings tab.
Make sure your PC is connected to the Internet if you want Windows Media Player to automatically get info about the songs, such as the name of the CD, the artist, and titles for the tracks being ripped.
Open Windows Media Player.
Insert an audio CD into the PC’s CD drive.
Select the Rip CD button .
If you want to select a different format or bit rate, select the Rip settings menu, and then choose Format or Audio Quality in the Player Library.
If you don’t want to rip every song, clear the check boxes next to the songs you don’t want.
In the Player Library, search for the album or song you want to edit.
Right-click the album, and then select Find album info.
Do one of the following:
If the correct album or artist info appears in the search results, select the correct entry, and then follow the instructions on the page to automatically update the album art and media info.
If the correct album doesn’t appear in the search results, follow the instructions on the page to search again using different search criteria, or to manually add the media info.
If you get an error message when you try to find album info that says you need to change your privacy settings, select Organize, select Options, select the Privacy tab, and then select the Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box.
If the correct album info appears with a generic music icon displayed as the album art, the album art is unavailable for download.
The changes you make apply to new tracks that you rip. You can’t use the Player to change the format or audio quality of a song you’ve already ripped.
Open Windows Media Player.
Insert a CD into your CD drive.
Maximize the Windows Media Player window so you can see all of the menu options, select Rip settings, and then select the setting you want to change.
Charlene updated on Dec 02, 2021 to Audio Editing Tips
You may have a box of old CDs in your house, which has not been played for a long time with the rising of digital music. How do you deal with these old CDs? One thing you must do is to rip songs from CDs to get a digital version of these songs. Then you can either sell or donate your CDs if you don’t want to keep them anymore. This article will discuss why you should rip a CD and how to copy music from CD to a computer.
Part 1. Why Should You Rip Music from CDs
With the popularity of mobile devices, people can listen to music with a phone or an MP3 player at any time. CD players are hardly seen nowadays. If you have some album CDs with great songs, you can rip these songs from CDs. Below are reasons why rip music from CDs.
- You will lose songs on a CD if the CD is physically damaged. It is necessary to copy music from CD to computer, making a digital backup.
- Fewer devices are supporting playing a CD.
- Rip music from a CD and transfer these songs to portable devices so that you can listen to music at any time and anywhere.
- You burned your music to a CD and lost the digital copy. You can restore the content by ripping it from the CD.
- You may want to burn a CD with all your favorite songs on different CDs. It would be best if you rip them from CDs firstly.
- You want to set a song on the CD as your ringtone.
- You don’t want to keep these old CDs. You can rip music from CD to computer, and then deal with these CDs as you like.
- You would not like to look for the CD with your favorite songs in a bunch of CDs.
There are various reasons for you to rip or extract music from a CD. If you have a CD, you’d better rip the content to a computer from our angle.
Part 2. How to Copy Music from CD to Computer
Ripping music from CD to computer is not as difficult as you might think. You can easily rip CDs with a CD ripping program. Many desktop applications can help you rip a CD. We will talk about several tools in this article to help you copy music from CD to a computer.
Method 1. Rip a CD with EaseUS MakeMyAudio
Some audio editors include a CD ripping feature in case people want to process music on CDs. EaseUS MakeMyAudio is such an audio tool. It integrates an audio editor, an audio converter, an audio joiner, a CD ripper, a CD burner, a video to MP3 converter, an audio recorder, and an audio tag editor, meeting various kinds of audio processing demand. Though it has many functions, it is easy to get started for anyone. See the detailed steps below.
Step 1. Insert the CD into your computer CD drive and launch EaseUS MakeMyAudio. Click “CD Ripper” > “Add Files” > “Audio CD” and select the source CD. When a popup appears, click “Ignore” to continue.
Step 2. Then the CD ripper will read the audio files on the CD. Select the target audio format, quality, and storage path accroding to your need. Then click “Start” to begin the CD ripping process.
Step 3. When it has done, go to the selected folder to check the audio files you rip from the CD.
Method 2. How to Rip Music from CD with Windows Media Player
Step 1. Place music CD into the CD drive of the PC. In the auto popup, choose Windows Media Player to place the CD.
Step 2. Click “Switch to Library” to show the menu bar. Click “Ripping Settings” to configure how to rip a CD.
Step 3. Set the export format and quality in the option “Formats” and “Audio Quality.” For the rest options, you can check to configure accordingly.
Step 4. After you finish the settings, select sound tracks you want to rip and click “Rip CD” to start ripping.
Step 5. Wait for the process to complete. Then you can locate the ripped music on your PC.
Method 3. Rip Music from CD to PC with iTunes
On a Windows PC, iTunes can also be used as a CD ripper. As the media player from Apple, iTunes provides a diversified service when it comes to audio. Besides transferring music from iPhone to computer, iTunes also does a good job when you make a custom ringtone on iPhone, convert audio format, and rip a CD. To learn more about how to copy music from CD to a computer, you can check our guide to convert CD to MP3.
The Final Word
If you don’t want to keep lots of CDs in your attic, the best way is to give away these CDs after copying music on the CD to your computer. With the three solutions, copy music from CD to computer with EaseUS MakeMyAudio, Windows Media Player, and iTunes. We hope this article helps solve your questions. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us.
Archive your music CDs without any quality loss
What to Know
- Go to Edit or iTunes >Preferences >General >Import Settings >Import Using and choose Apple Lossless Encoder.
- Insert a music CD. If you don’t see a prompt to import the music CD, go to your iTunes library and select the CD icon and choose Import CD.
ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format built into iTunes that produces lossless audio files. If you already know how to rip a CD on a Mac, importing lossless iTunes tracks is as easy as changing the program settings. This information applies to iTunes 12 for Windows and Mac.
How to Rip Music CDs to ALAC in iTunes
iTunes is set up to import music CDs in the AAC Plus format using the AAC encoder by default. To change this option, follow these steps:
For the Windows version of iTunes, select Edit > Preferences at the top of the screen. For the Mac version, select iTunes > Preferences.
Select the General tab, then select Import Settings in the When You Insert a CD section.
Select the Import Using drop-down menu and choose Apple Lossless Encoder.
Select OK to save your selection, then select OK again to exit the preferences menu.
Insert a music CD into your DVD/CD drive. If iTunes asks if you want to import the disc into your iTunes library, select Yes to start the ripping process.
If you didn’t get an automatic prompt to import the music CD, go to your iTunes library and select the CD icon at the top of the screen.
Select Import CD.
Select the Import Using drop-down menu and choose Apple Lossless Encoder.
Wait for the song files to be transferred to your computer. If you want to interrupt the ripping process, select Stop Importing in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Once all the songs on your music CD have been imported, switch back to your iTunes music library. You should now see your imported CD in the Albums view.
Why Use ALAC?
ALAC is an ideal format to use for making perfect copies of your original music CDs. It still compresses the audio (similar to other formats like AAC, MP3, and WMA), but it doesn’t eliminate any audio detail.
As well as being a great alternative to the FLAC format, ALAC is also a convenient option if you’ve got an Apple device. It’s built right into the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, so you’ll be able to directly sync your lossless songs straight from iTunes. You’ll then be able to listen to perfect rips of your music CDs and perhaps hear audio details that you’ve never heard before.
If you want to put audiobook CDs onto your computer, iPhone, or iPad, importing them into iTunes or Apple’s Music app is the easy part. Organizing them is a different story.
You can buy electronic audiobooks from Apple and other companies, but what if you already have a bunch of them on CDs that you want to import into your iTunes library? Importing them is easy, but organizing them is another matter.
With iTunes and the new Music app for Mac, audiobooks are dumped into your music library instead of your audiobooks library, and both programs often fail to apply album art to them. But you can correct these problems if you know how.
If you’re using a Windows machine or a Mac not yet running Catalina, you can fire up iTunes. If you have Catalina, iTunes has been replaced by individual dedicated apps for music, podcasts, TV shows and movies, and books, and for this process, you’ll use the Music app. The process on both programs, however, is very similar. You’ll see screenshots from both below, and we’ll note when the Music app does things differently than iTunes.
Add an Audiobook
Assuming the book comes on multiple CDs, pop the first CD into your drive. If your Mac does not have a built-in disc drive, you will need Apple’s SuperDrive (Opens in a new window) attachment.
A small window may pop up with multiple CD lookup results. Click the result that best matches the name and description of your audiobook, then click OK. The app then asks if you’d like to import the CD into your library. Click Yes, and the import process will begin.
Edit Album Data
Now comes the challenge of organizing the entire book. First, you may not like the titles given to each of the imported discs or you might find the titles are not consistent across the imported books. If so, right-click one of the imported discs and select Album Info from the pop-up menu.
In the field for Album, change the existing name to the one you wish to use. Remember to add a phrase like [Disc 1] at the end of the name if it’s not there. If you want to use the same name for the other discs in the series (just changing the disc number), select and copy the entire name. Click OK.
Right-click on Disc 2 and select Album Info. Paste the copied name into the Album field and change [Disc 1] to [Disc 2]. You can also add or change a name for album artist, meaning the author.
As you type the first few letters, you’ll see predicted text for the name along with potential matches. Select the correct match. Click OK, then repeat these steps for the remaining audiobook discs you imported.
Edit Title Track Data
Get Album Art
Find Lost Album Art
Click on the section for Artwork and then click the button to Add Artwork. A window pops up that displays the files on your computer. Find where you saved your album artwork and double-click the image.
The image appears in the Artwork section. Click OK, and you’re asked if you’re sure you want to change the artwork for multiple items. Click Yes. The album art is applied to each of the imported discs.
Rename File Extensions
iTunes and the Music app treat all imported CDs as music CDs. As a result, the imported CDs are given the wrong extension and appear in your Music library instead of your audiobooks library. You can stop here if you’re fine with this. Otherwise, you’ll need to change the extensions and import the folder for your CDs to the Audiobooks section in iTunes or the Books app on your Catalina Mac.
In order for your computer to treat these tracks as audiobooks, you must change the extensions from m4a to m4b. You can do this manually or automatically with a file renamer. If you’re going the manual route, open File Explorer in Windows or Finder in macOS and search for the audiobook.
If you’re not sure where to find these files, click on one of the imported discs in iTunes or the Music app. Right-click on one of the tracks, then click on the Show in Windows Explorer command on a PC or Show in Finder on a Mac.
After you locate the files, click the View tab in File Explorer and check the box next to File name extensions so you can manually change the file extensions. On a Mac, select all the files. Click the Action menu and select Rename. Now type m4a in the Find field and m4b in the Replace with field, then click Rename.
Remove Entry from Music Libary
Before you import the files into the Audiobooks section in iTunes or the Books app on your Catalina Mac, you should remove the entry in your Music library so the audiobook won’t show up in both places.
To do this, select all the imported discs, right-click on one of them, and then select the Delete from Library command. Then click the button to Delete Song. If you receive a message asking you to Keep Files or Delete Files (or Move to Trash on a Mac), click the button to Keep Files.
Add to Audiobooks or Books App
Next, you need to import the album as an audiobook. PC users will need iTunes for this, while those running Catalina should turn to the Books app. Since the files are already on the computer, you will not have to use the physical CDs.
In iTunes, move to the Audiobooks section. Click File > Add Folder to Library. Select the folder for your audiobook and click Select Folder. In the Books app on a Mac with Catalina, click on File > Add to Library. Select the folder for your audiobook and click Add.
Your audiobook is added to your audiobooks library with the right name, location, and album art all intact. You can now listen to them via your computer and sync them to your mobile device, even your Apple Watch.
Moving Imported Audiobooks
If your imported audiobook is in the wrong library, this can be changed. In order to move your imported album into the Audiobooks library, there are a few steps involved in this endeavor: 1) changing the extension for each track; and 2) moving the content to your iTunes Audiobooks folder.
To tell iTunes to treat the files as audiobook tracks and not music tracks, you need to change the extension for each track from m4a to m4b. You can do this manually or automatically by using a file renamer. If you’re going the manual route, open Windows Explorer or File Explorer in Windows, and Finder on a Mac. Move to your iTunes library and look for the folders for your audiobook.
If you’re not sure where to find them, click on one of the imported discs in iTunes. Right-click on one of the tracks, then click on the command to Show in Windows Explorer (or Show in Finder on a Mac).
Move Imported Files
Delete Files From iTunes
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Why manage a collection of audio CDs, DVDs, some videos on VHS tapes, photos, and other documents in physical form? Go digital to get all your stuff on your PC — and on your other devices.
You don’t have to get rid of the originals, but this will let you access them more easily. It’s also a good way to create a backup copy of all your important stuff, which will come in handy if you ever lose it.
Audio CDs are easy to “rip” into digital music files. You can turn those music files into a local music collection or upload them to a service like Spotify, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, or iTunes Match so you can listen to all that music from wherever you are. You could also just stuff it into Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, or a similar service — or just back it up to your own local storage. That’s up to you.
On Windows, you can use Windows Media Player to rip audio CDs. It’s a dated application Microsoft hasn’t been working on too much, but it’ll certainly work. if you have iTunes installed, as many people do, iTunes will also let you rip those audio CDs.
There are other applications, of course. Many audiophiles love Exact Audio Copy — it’s a good swiss army knife for ripping CDs and will serve you well.
Choosing which format to rip to is also important. MP3 is the most well-known, but MP4 has now become common as well — the iTunes AAC format uses MP4. It’s highly compatible with various different services and devices. Some people prefer ripping to the lossless FLAC format for archival purposes, but this will produce very large files that aren’t supported in many applications and on many devices.
For DVD-ripping and other video-related tasks — for example, “transcoding” a video file from one codec to another codec — we recommend the open-source HandBrake application.
You can use this tool to rip your own homemade DVDs to video files. But, if you want to rip commercial DVDs you purchased with your own money, you’ll need to do something extra. These DVDs have weak encryption that serves as copy-protection.
To bypass this, tyou’ll need software like the libdvdcss library offered by VideoLAN. It’s also included along with VLC, which is why VLC is an excellent solution for watching DVDs on Windows 8. Download the DLL file and copy it to your Handbrake directory — that’s at “C:\Program Files\Handbrake” by default. You should then be able to rip those commercial DVDs to video files.
Scanning Blu-Ray discs isn’t as easy. As far as we know, you’ll need specialized commercial applications you’ll have to pay for to do this.
Yes, you can turn those old VHS tapes into digital files. It probably doesn’t make any sense to convert an old movie or TV show on VHS into a digital format, but you may want to convert any irreplacable home videos to digital formats.
You’ll need special hardware for this. Along with a VHS player, you’ll need a gadget that will let you convert that analog video signal to a digital signal your computer can interpret. In other words, you need a way to plug that DVD player into your computer. A gadget like this one from Amazon should allow you to connect that VCR’s old S-Video or RCA cables directly to your computer. Play the video on the VCR and use recording software on your computer to record it and convert it to a digital file.
This shouldn’t be too hard, although it’ll take some time — you have to let each VHS tape play in real time so the computer can capture it. Assuming you have a VHS tape player, all you need is an adapter device to get started.
Photos and Other Paper Documents
Obviously, paper documents are easy to capture. You just need a scanner and you can turn those old photos into digital images and any important documents into digital copies you’ll have a backup of.
There are many ways to scan documents. The old standard flatbed scanner will let you scan documents. You can also purchase smaller portable scanners that you can feed documents and photos through to do this without needing a larger scanner.
There’s a lot more to scanning a photograph, so be sure to read our instructions for properly scanning a photo. Scanning old paperwork isn’t as big a deal — as long as it’s legible enough, you should be happy.
In a pinch, you can also use an iPhone or Android phone to scan a document or photo — but this isn’t a good solution for long-term archival of important memories and documents.
Be sure to back up those files once you have them, whether it’s using an online backup solution or local copies of your files — or, better yet, both. You wouldn’t want to put in all the time just to lose them if your computer or hard drive fails on you.
Save music files from a CD on your computer for backup
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What to Know
- Easiest method: Windows Media Player >Folders > select disc >Rip CD.
- Change settings: Windows Media Player >Folders > select disc >Rip settings.
- Select Format, Audio Quality, or More Options before ripping.
This article explains how to copy, or rip, music from a disc to your computer with Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.
How to Rip a CD Using Windows Media Player
For Windows users who have Windows Media Player built-in, copying music to your computer is easy. When you have the CD you want to copy ready, Windows Media Player will do most of the work for you.
Insert the disc into your disc drive. If an autoplay option appears, ignore it or exit out of it.
Open Windows Media Player. Either search for it from the Start menu or enter the wmplayer command in the Run dialog box.
Go to the Folders list and select the music disc.
The CD might be called Unknown album or something else, but either way, it is represented by a small disc icon.
Select Rip CD to have Windows Media Player rip the CD with default settings, or select Rip settings to change format, quality, and location settings.
In older versions of Windows Media Player, you’ll right-click the CD and select Rip CD to library
Select Rip settings > Format to choose an audio format. The first several options are Windows Media Audio formats, followed by MP3 and WAV. Select the format for the copied music.
Select Rip settings > Audio Quality to select sound quality. The options vary from computer to computer but can range from 48 Kbps (which will make files with the smallest size) to as high as 192 Kbps (this is the best quality but produces the largest file sizes).
Select Rip settings > More options to adjust other settings, such as ripping CDs automatically, ejecting the disc after the CD rip, changing where the music is copied on the computer, and choosing the details to include in file names.
Before you start the CD rip, manually set Windows Media Player to find album info online automatically. Go to the left panel, right-click the disc, then choose Find album info.
When you’re ready for Windows Media Player to copy the music to your computer, select Rip CD.
The button changes to Stop rip. In the Rip Status column, the track being copied will say Ripping, and the remaining tracks will say Pending until they’ve been copied, after which the status changes to Ripped to library. To monitor the rip status of each song, watch the progress bar.
When every song is finished ripping, exit Windows Media Player, eject the CD, and use the music now stored on your computer.
If you don’t know what folder Windows Media Player copied the music to, select Rip settings > More options. You’ll find the location in the Rip music to this location section.
If the music isn’t in the correct format for your needs, don’t re-rip the songs. Instead, run the files that need to be converted through a free audio file converter.
Windows 11 has a new version of Windows Media player called Media Player for Windows 11, featuring an enhanced music library, playlist management, dedicated playback view features, and more.
Windows Media Player doesn’t support movie playback in Windows 10, but data DVDs are supported. If you want to watch a movie DVD, you’ll need to download a third-party DVD decoder application.
To rotate video in Windows Media Player, you’ll need a third-party media-player tool like VLC. In VLC, access the Video Effects tool, choose Geometry > Transform, and select the rotation you want.
There are no limits to how many songs Windows Media Player can candle. However, if your music library is extremely large, your PC’s speed and power will affect Windows Media Player’s performance. Too many songs can create a negative performance if your PC can’t handle the demands.
on February 4, 2011
Music CDs take up space, break easily, get lost and aren’t nearly as easy to organize and manage as a hard drive-based iTunes (s aapl) collection. But if you want to back up your existing CD collection on your computer, it’s not as simple as just sticking the CD in your computer and hitting “Import,” especially if you’re concerned about audio quality.
You’d be mistaken for assuming that copying a music CD couldn’t be more complicated than copying a data disc. Well, it is, especially on a Mac. While Windows (s msft) solutions like Exact Audio Copy (EAC) have long been cited as the gold standard for audio backups, a Mac version doesn’t exist. But I’ve come to find the abilities of the awesome, free X Lossless Decoder (XLD) on the Mac to be on par with those of EAC on the PC. XLD is the star of the first two methods below, while iTunes rounds out the list.
XLD: Best for Audiophile Digital Packrats
The big difference between using XLD and just using iTunes to rip a CD lies in the implementation of what is called Secure Ripping. Put simply, all optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays) can become damaged. Inherent in the design of a disc is the ability to rebuild lost data segments due to physical damage. This built-in error correction capability can be exploited to make extremely accurate reproductions of the original audio stored on the disc. The technique employed to securely rip a CD typically involves reading each segment of the disk multiple times, comparing the results of each read over and over until the ripping software is satisfied that it has an accurate representation of the original audio data. When there’s an error, the ripping software attempts to rebuild the missing data segment. These results can be further analyzed against a database of other ripped tracks such as AccurateRip. Both EAC and XLD employ these secure ripping techniques and verify their results via AccurateRip for the best possible audio fidelity.
To decode a disk using XLD on the Mac you need to:
- Download, install and launch XLD.
- Open XLD Preferences (From the menu bar, XLD > Preferences).
- On the General tab, select the output format you want the disc ripped to. Choose a format like Apple Lossless to retain the full quality of the original music.
- On the CD Rip tab, select the ripping options you want to rip the disk with. Here you have the choice between CD Paranoia III 10.2 and XLD’s own Secure Ripper implementation. Either should be fine. Be sure to check the “Use C2 error pointers” option if your drive supports it.
- Insert your album and select Open Audio CD from the File menu, you should see the name of the CD in a sub menu. Select it.
- From the CDDB menu, click on Get CD Track Names to retrieve the album information from freedb.org.
- Select “Include pre-gap for all tracks” and click on Decode. You’ll be prompted for a location to save your ripped music to.
Note that in order to add album art, you’ll need to download the image file separately and add it manually. Ripping in this secure manner will take a little longer than other ripping methods. This is, again, due to how the information is being read, verified and corrected before decoding.
Now you have backups of your music on your hard drive, ready to add to your iTunes collection. But Unlike EAC, XLD can’t take your backed-up music files and perfectly recreate a disc-based copy complete with the same file structure and sound quality. But just because XLD can’t do it doesn’t make it impossible.
XLD + Toast: Best for Audiophiles Who Want It All
Enter Roxio Toast, a program that allows you to make copies of audio CDs or back them up as image files. You have several copy options available to you with Toast. You can copy the CD directly, save the album as a Sound Designer II image file, or save the CD as a binary copy with a cue sheet (BIN/CUE). If you choose to create a BIN/CUE copy of the music CD on your hard drive, you can then use XLD later to decode the image and create individual music files for each track, or use your BIN/CUE version to create an exact replica using a CD-R. That way, you’ll have a burnable perfect copy of your disc, and files for your iTunes library. To do this, you need to:
- Download, install and launch Toast.
- Select the Copy tab in Toast and choose Disc Copy.
- In Toast’s Options box in the bottom left hand corner of the window, check “Use Disc Recovery”.
- From Toast’s File Menu, choose Save as Bin/Cue…
- Choose the save location for the resulting image files.
- Once this process is complete, launch XLD and open Preferences from the XLD menu.
- On XLD’s General tab, select the output format you want the disc ripped as.
- From XLD’s File menu, choose Open Raw PCM (bin+cue)…
- Navigate to the image file you saved from Toast in step 5 above.
- From the CDDB menu, click on Get CD Track Names to retrieve the album information from freedb.org.
- Select “Exclude pre-gap (incompatible with AccurateRip)” and click on Decode, you will be prompted for a location to save your ripped music to.
Again, in order to add album art, you will need to download the image file separately and add it manually.
iTunes: Best for the Casual Music Fan
The final, and simplest option, is to use iTunes and simply encode a music CD using Apple’s Lossless encoder directly from within iTunes itself. iTunes can be configured to export many of the same audio formats as XLD. iTunes also has the option to use error correction when reading Audio CDs. This is all relatively easy to configure via the Import Settings of the General tab within iTunes Preferences. You can even burn a high-quality Music CD from within iTunes.
While it may all sound very good, this method likely won’t result in an exact copy of the original music CD. Any time you decode an album and then take the decoded files in some other audio format and burn it back onto a CD-R, you jeopardize the integrity of the disc’s structure as well as the audio quality itself. Which method you end up choosing really boils down to how exact you want your copies to be.
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CD is one of those audio formats that makes me go slightly misty-eyed. I remember very clearly the arrival of compact discs nearly 30 years ago, and I’ll never forget my sheer mental bogglement at the sight of Sony’s first Discman player, the D50. This gadget required a battery pack that was of a just plain silly size (and weight, once you’d stuffed it with enough AA batteries to keep it going for a few hours).
But even so, the principle of CD was sound in so many meanings of the word.
Today, the market for CDs has taken a battering, from which it will never recover, and most electronics manufacturers have stopped making CD players altogether. At the high end of the UK hi-fi market, Linn stopped making CD players some while ago to concentrate on network streaming devices. Naim still makes CD players, as does Meridian, but it isn’t clear how long either will continue to do so. The writing is on the wall: the future is digital purchase and download.
Many of us still have huge collections of CDs containing music that we really like and keep returning to
However, many of us still have huge collections of CDs containing music that we really like and keep returning to, so our incremental rate of music purchases was already at a fairly low point. So, like many other people, I decided it was time to transfer all my music to a hard disk since it’s so much more convenient: I can transfer it from there to an iPod and use it in my car or on flights, and I can route it around the house.
Before I go any further I ought to remind you that, strictly speaking, ripping your CDs to hard disk is still illegal in the UK. There’s currently no provision that legalises such acts of sheer wickedness.
It’s different in Germany, where you’re allowed to rip your CDs to disk for your own personal use, under a law known as Provision 53. Hence, please be aware that everything I’m about to describe actually took place in Stuttgart.
There are many ways of ripping an audio CD to hard disk, and many formats to choose from. The easiest method is to use a software package such as iTunes and pop the discs into your computer one by one: the software will then rip their contents to the hard disk in the prescribed format, look up all the artist and track metadata online, and even find an image of the cover art for you. A few minutes later, out pops the disc and you put in another one.
This is fine in theory, but the reality is somewhat more awkward. It means you’re either chained to your computer for the whole day, or you keep a stack of discs on the desk and drop a new one in whenever you’re passing. An experiment using my Windows computer in the office at home revealed that the effort of running up and down the stairs each time I needed to put in a new disc resulted in about two discs getting ripped per day. Given that I have around 2,500 discs to process, this really wasn’t a viable solution.
On Windows 8 or Home windows eight Pro, when you insert a CD disc to the optical driver, you will discover audio tacks are within the extension ofcda with a reputation within the format Observe##.cda. The CD Ripper for Windows 10 can convert an audio section or several information at once, split a file into sections, simultaneously output a file into several formats and to the required size, alter conversion parameters, edit ID3 tag information, add various audio results, .together with quite a lot of different great features. Moreover, multithreading and multi-core CPU processing are supported for providing excessive velocity conversion.
Audio Converter is a straightforward-to-use app for Android how to open a cda file on windows 10 convert audio WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, convert cda to flac online AU, FLAC, M4A, MKA, AIFF or RA file offline or on-line. Very fast and useful. Can even convert video to audio. To rip CD to MP3, click on Rip settings” and select Format”, then select MP3. Windows Media Participant lets you rip CD to MP3 in 128kbps, 192kbps, 256kbps, 320kbps. Larger bitrates give you higher sound quality. You can change the ripping high quality in Audio Quality” choice.
Proper-click transformed item and select “Play Destination” to play the destination file, select “Browse Destination Folder” to open Windows Explorer to browse the vacation spot file. I just tried burning one WMA file, which didn’t have any DRM points, to a CD with K3B. The test wasn’t totally successful. My discman plays the monitor, but I heard nothing. Raising the volume did not assist, so I guess there have to be no audio.
Audio file converter tools are also helpful if your favorite music app in your cellphone or tablet does not support the format that a new track you downloaded is in. An audio converter can convert that obscure format into a format that your app supports. Just drag and drop the audio recordsdata it is advisable to be converted instantly into this system, choose an output format, after which start the conversion.
Changing a lossless audio file, like WAV or FLAC, to a lossy format, like MP3 or AAC, leads to a lack of fidelity. If you’ll want to send a lossless audio file to an e-mail account with file dimension restrictions and also you’re anxious about sending delicate materials utilizing a cloud service, like Dropbox or Google Drive, a file compression software is a good option. Listed here are a few of our favourite file compression applications.
FreeRIP is a top quality CD to MP3 converter: it lets you high-quality grain set compression parameters. Anyway in case you are not a digital audio knowledgeable, just depart FreeRIP MP3 encoder settings on their default and you’re going to get top quality MP3 information with great compression price. So Burn + Fluke makes a great mixture for writing Flac files to an audio CD.
Audio CD comprises music, but normally they do not comprise essential information like tracks titles and artist. That’s why FreeRIP can search Web CD databases for those data. FreeRIP can download knowledge from the well known or from the exclusive FreeRIP CD Database. For those rare CDs which have tracks info stored on the CD itself in CD-Textual content format, FreeRIP supports it as well.
CUETools can learn of a data observe’s existence on the original CD by info in thecue sheet orlog file. Thecue sheet probably will not have the wanted size data as a result of the info track is the last monitor and doubtless isn’t in the rip (audio CD rippers usually don’t rip information tracks at all). However, in case you have an EAC log made by a recent version of EAC, CUETools can get the information monitor size from it. For this to work, thelog file should have the identical name as thecue file, but ending inlog as an alternative ofcue, in fact. Or, if you do not have alog file, but yourcue sheet comprises the disc’s original freedb DISCID (like allcue sheets made by current EAC variations), CUETools can determine a doable vary for the info monitor length. You possibly can try to enter seventy five totally different values in that range manually to search out an actual length.
Handy conversion from CDA to MP3. Download AudioConverter Studio to your pc and begin the downloaded file. Observe instructions of the setup wizard to install this system to your laptop. If your software is operating appropriately, you could possibly convert any of the lossless formats back to WAV and you’ll find that the brand new file and the original WAV will be exactly the identical – bit for bit.
CloudConvert is a free online file conversion instrument with support for over 200 file sorts, including 20 of the most popular audio formats. The free plan limits you to 5 concurrent conversions with a maximum file dimension of 1GB. It also limits you to 25 whole conversions per day, and free customers are on the backside of the priority checklist, so it may take a long time to transform files during peak utilization hours. CloudConvert is straightforward to make use of and available as a Chrome Extension and iOS app, in case you don’t need to use the net device.
В приложении «Музыка» можно создавать следующие типы дисков.
Аудио-CD. Эти диски можно воспроизводить на любом стандартном CD-плеере.
MP3 CD. Эти диски можно воспроизводить на CD-плеерах с поддержкой MP3 и на компьютере. Для записи CD-диска с MP3 все записываемые на него песни должны иметь формат MP3. Если в плейлисте есть песни в других форматах, например приобретенные в iTunes Store, перед записью на CD нужно преобразовать их в формат MP3.
CD и DVD с данными. Эти диски можно использовать для хранения и переноса файлов.
Создание CD или DVD
В приложении «Музыка» на Mac создайте плейлист из песен или файлов, которые Вы хотите записать на диск.
Выберите «Вид» > «Как песни» и убедитесь, что напротив всех нужных Вам объектов установлены флажки.
Если флажки рядом с песнями не отображаются, выберите «Музыка» > «Настройки», нажмите «Основные», затем убедитесь, что выбран параметр «Флажки списка песен».
Вставьте чистый диск.
Выберите плейлист, затем выберите пункт меню «Файл» > «Записать плейлист на диск».
Если в меню «Файл» нет пункта «Записать плейлист на диск», то выбранный плейлист невозможно записать на диск, поскольку он содержит объекты с ограничениями использования (например, песню, для воспроизведения которой Ваш компьютер не авторизован).
Выберите формат диска.
Если Вы создаете аудио-CD, выберите его параметры.
Как изменить скорость записи CD. Выберите один из вариантов во всплывающем меню «Скорость».
Изменение длительности пауз между звучанием песен. Установите флажок «Пауза между дорожками».
Воспроизведение всех песен на диске с одинаковой громкостью. Выберите «Включить проверку звука».
Как добавить информацию, которую могут отображать некоторые автомагнитолы. Выберите «Включить CD Text».
Запись диска может занять несколько минут. Вы можете отменить запись, нажав кнопку «Отменить» рядом с индикатором выполнения (но если Вы используете диск CD-R или DVD-R, он станет непригодным для дальнейшего использования).
Если плейлист содержит больше объектов, чем умещается на диск, вставьте другой диск для записи остальных объектов.
Если Вы создаете аудио-CD, то информация о дорожках (названия песен, имена исполнителей и названия альбомов) добавляется только на последний диск. На остальных CD песни будут идентифицироваться только по номеру дорожки (например, «Дорожка 01», «Дорожка 02»). См. раздел Если песни не отображаются в приложении «Музыка».
Напечатать список песен на диске
В приложении «Музыка» на Mac выберите плейлист из песен, нажмите Command-P, затем выберите «Обложку альбома».
Плейлист будет напечатан в формате, подходящем для обложки диска.
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Do you remember the last time you listened to music from a CD? If not, you’re not alone. As we’ve transitioned into the digital age, many of our media staples like discs, tapes and records have gone the way of the dinosaurs in favor of streamed digital files from subscription services.
This has led to both positive and negative effects on the musical landscape. Nobody owns any of their media anymore and we carry an entire library’s worth of audio in a device smaller than a wallet. Tap or click to see which music streaming service is the best.
But what about those of us with expansive libraries of physical media? Nobody wants to pay twice, so how is it possible to condense all those discs and records into digital files? Well, not only is it possible, it’s a great way to preserve your music for years to come. Plus, you’ll still own it. Here’s how to digitize your library.
‘Digitize me, Cap’n!’
Digitizing a music collection is the best way to bring your physical media into the modern age. Not only does digitizing your media save space, it also lets you take your music with you wherever you go. Digital files can be loaded on phones, tablets and computers. They can even be accessed via voice assistants like Alexa.
Whether you have tapes, CDs or vinyl records, there are many ways to get your physical media onto your computer. The trick is knowing which hardware and software is best for the job. Tap or click here to see some of our favorite devices and services for digital media conversion.
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Rip those CDs a new one
In terms of conversion difficulty, think of CDs as “easy mode.” This kind of media is already “digital-ready” and is easy to rip to a computer with no devices necessary other than a disc reader.
Many modern computers and laptops are missing these readers, but a USB-powered DVD/Rom drive will work for you.
This Rioddas External disk drive is compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux, and will read and write both CDs and DVDs. It also features an eject button so there’s no risk of your disc getting stuck inside.
Once you’ve connected your drive to your computer, insert the disc and open your preferred media management software. On Windows, this will likely be Windows Media Player or iTunes. On a Mac, you’ll use the Music app.
Rip a CD on Windows
Open Windows Media Player and make sure the disc shows up in the left-hand panel. Click on it and check on the songs you want to copy to your computer. Then, select Rip settings, scroll down to Format and make sure MP3 is checked. Then, select Rip CD.
Rip a CD on MacOS
On your Mac, open the Music app and insert your disc. A menu will automatically pop up asking if you want to import the tracks from the CD. Click Yes to import the to your library. All you’ll need to do now is plug your iPhone in and sync via the Music app.
Record those tapes
Unlike CDs, tapes can degrade over time. It’s important to back up this media sooner rather than later. But to do so, you’ll need a device capable of converting tapes into digital audio.
This Reshow casette converter is designed to work with Windows PCs and will convert and transfer audio on tapes into device-compatible files. Mac users will need to download a free piece of software called Audacity to make it work. Tap or click here to learn more about Audacity.
It’s always better on vinyl
Music enthusiasts continue to appreciate vinyl records for their warm, retro analog sound. Additionally, many records contain album inserts and bonuses you can’t get anywhere else. And just like cassette tapes, you’ll need a device to transfer them. But unlike cassettes, it’s a much pricier process.
This turntable from Audio Technica will convert analog audio to digital files using a USB connection. At $249, it isn’t cheap, but it’s important to note that this is still a perfectly good record player in addition to a file converter. This lets you continue to enjoy your favorite records even after you’ve ripped them.
So, now you have the files. How about getting them into your phone?
How you get your digital files onto your device will depend on the operating system you use, as well as your media manager. This will typically take the form of Windows Media Player, Google Play and iTunes on a PC, or Music on a Mac.
For PC users
If you have an iPhone, you’ll need to download iTunes to add the music to your device. When you set up iTunes, it’ll ask if you want to automatically import music files to your library. Answer “Yes” and your newly ripped CD will be ready to sync over.
If you have an Android phone, you’ll need to visit Google Play in your web browser. Log in with your account, select the Music from the left pane, and select My music. Choose the Menu button in the upper left hand corner and select Upload Music. You’ll now be able to locate the files on your computer and sync them.
For Mac users
As we mentioned above, you’ll need to open the Music app on your Mac and plug your device in. The program will prompt you if you want to sync your library. Click Yes, but make sure you have enough room to store everything.
For more detailed information on audio quality settings and track information, visit Apple’s support page.
If you need to rip tracks from CDs on a regular basis, it makes sense to get the best free CD ripper with a plethora of tools and features that make the entire process simple and fast. Besides, such programs can help you archive older albums, singles and EPs.
A reliable CD rip program reads each segment of the disc several times and compares the results with the data provided by other users in order to eliminate all kinds of errors. Unfortunately, many options advertised as the best CD ripping software can’t reach those quality standards set in the industry.
Top 7 Free CD Rippers
- FairStars – Rip audio from CD in a variety of formats
- Exact Audio Copy – Outstanding in handling CD imperfections
- fre:ac – A lot of tweaking for each encoder
- FreeRip – Ripper, plus a converter and a tagger
- CDex – Works with most CD hardware
- dbPowerAmp – Makes archiving and encoding music a breeze
- Audiograbber – Nifty good CD ripper with line-in sampling
Though the programs are designed for the same task, there are particular differences between them. The quality of the ripped files is typically worse than the original, which happens because of the transformations that take place during reading and encoding. That’s why, you need the best CD ripping software to keep the final quality as close to the original CD as possible. This mainly refers to complete and accurate metadata encoded in a lossless format.
Lossless file formats preserve the audio quality of the original music recording. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images
Lossless file formats preserve the audio quality of the original music recording. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images
Q My large (1,500-strong) CD collection consists of classical music and jazz. If I were to rip the collection as a backup to an external drive and/or place the files in the cloud, I would want to retain the quality with Aiff/Wav or compression to Apple Lossless (m4a) with the idea of being able to convert back to the uncompressed original in due course. Do you think this is practicable? Also, would Apple Lossless be the best format to choose to temporarily compress Aiff or Wav files for storage, in order to uncompress them for playback later? Also, to stream music to hi-fi etc, are these files the best formats to use, or are they problematical? Michael, via email
A When ripping your CD library, it’s important to choose the best storage format to preserve your music collection’s original quality. To the audiophile market and to a lesser extent for some music lovers, digital music has a pretty bad name. This is due to historically low bit-rates in lossy consumer music formats like MP3 or AAC (a lossy compression format is one that permanently removes some of the file’s data; in some cases it will remove more data than it leaves behind). Today, higher bit-rate MP3 and AACs are much better than they were.
Thankfully, iTunes supports some lossless (compressed and uncompressed) formats, including Aiff, Wav and Apple Lossless. But lossless formats often take up much more space on disk (up to about 11Mb/min), and are not supported by most online music lockers, including Google Music.
When ripping CDs to your iTunes library you can choose higher bit-rate MP3 and AAC (192kbps or 320kbps), an uncompressed audio format such as Aiff or a lossless compression format like Apple Lossless. These all have the same quality as a CD. iTunes is also pretty good at detecting your music and automatically populating your library with metadata where supported.
Below is an overview of the various lossless formats:
Apple Lossless Compression
This Apple file format option in iTunes can reduce the stored data by almost 50%. It restores to a bit-perfect replica of the original music file for playback. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (Alac) was open-sourced in 2011, so there is relatively good support, with iTunes on OS X and Windows, Music on iOS, and third-party audio players such as PowerAmp on Android offering support.
It’s worth noting that iOS only supports up to 44.1kHz audio, so if you intend to transfer any of these to your phone, be careful to not use 96kHz settings. ALC fully supports metadata tagging, which is great for searching your collection.
WAV (Waveform Audio File Format)
WAV is capable of storing Linear PCM audio (the digital encoding format used on CDs) in uncompressed form. Ripping a CD and storing it as an uncompressed WAV results in a bit-perfect clone – identical to the original CD. WAV files can also store high-resolution music files at greater bit and sampling rates than CDs. Some places offer them as “hi-def” or “studio masters”. Uncompressed WAV files can be ripped and played back in iTunes and are very high quality. However, they do take up more hard drive storage space than AAC, MP3 or Apple Lossless. WAV files do not support metadata tagging. Things like album art, song titles and other features that enhance music library management and playback will be lost.
AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format)
AIFF is similar to WAV and is capable of storing uncompressed Linear PCM audio. AIFF files can also store high-resolution music files at high bit depths and sampling rates. AIFF files can be created and played back in iTunes on Mac OSX and Windows and are very high quality. But they are still very large uncompressed files. AIFF files, like Apple Lossless, fully support metadata tagging.
Storing digital music files in lossless or uncompressed form does not mean that you have to reduce the amount of music stored on your iOS devices or other players. iTunes allows users to convert higher data rate music files to 128kbps AAC on the fly as music is synchronised to a mobile device. There is no need to keep separate libraries. Many devices are, though, capable of playing lossless files.
When it comes to backing up your uncompressed files, for now at least, you will need to keep them stored on a physical drive or an online backup service such as Backblaze or Crashplan. This is because no online music lockers that I know of currently support them without compression.
As for streaming music to a hi-fi system, Apple Lossless is likely to be the best format as files can be transported in compressed form and decoded on the hi-fi, which should result in faster playback.
Q I’m going travelling soon and would like to set up a blog to share stories and photographs of my travels with my family and friends. I’m only going to have a phone and tablet with me, so something with apps and draft support would be really useful, Gerald, via email
A There are a multitude of blogging systems and services that can be used by people travelling the world, and a few of them meet your criteria perfectly, including WordPress, Tumblr and Roon.io.
Depending on your level of technical expertise, WordPress is the most flexible option. It offers free, open-source software that can be run on any server you wish and tuned to your liking. There are lots of guides on the web for doing this, although you will have to pay for servers and a domain name.
For people who do not wish to set up a server, there are two options with native applications: Tumblr, which offers first party apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and Roon, which offers first party applications for the iPhone and iPad.
Tumblr is a very popular service with a community of people generating and sharing content. The website offers a plethora of custom themes for your blog, supports custom domain names and more.
You can take a look at http://tumblr.com – however, Tumblr does not offer a way to export your data, so that if you ever wish to back it up or move the material elsewhere, there is no easy way of doing so.
Roon is a relatively simple but powerful blogging service that puts the focus on your content and offers incredibly good iOS apps (when the service launched, they were the only way to create and edit content).
Roon has developed a business model, offering custom domains and analytics to generate revenue and keep the service alive.
“Does anyone know how to rip music from iPhone 6s? I have downloaded some free songs from Internet via iPhone, but now I can’t get them out to iTunes Library, or to computer as well. Please give me some suggestions or advice. Thanks!”
The majority of music management functions on iOS devices are handled by iTunes, and despite of all its friendliness, you cannot rip music from iPhone to PC/Mac, as iTunes works as a one-way tool. Using iTunes, you can sync music from iTunes to iPhone, but not the way back except the purchases media files. So if you need to rip music from iPhone to PC, professional third party software would be needed. One such software that works as a perfect iPhone ripper is Wondershare TunesGo. Using the software, you can perform iPhone rip music function to PC, Mac, and even iTunes.
Part 1. Rip Music from iPhone on Mac
Wondershare TunesGo is a complete phone manager, and one stop solution to all phone management needs. Using the Mac version of the software, you can quickly rip music from iPhone to your Mac. The interface of the software is simple, which makes the ripping process quick and easy. Along with other features, the software also allows to rip DVD to iPhone without any complicated process.
Powerful Phone Manager and Transfer Program – iPhone Transfer
- Transfer music, photos without iTunes restrictions
- Directly transfer media files to iOS devices with a click.
- Transfer audio and video from iDevice to iTunes and PC.
- Import and convert music and video to iDevice friendly formats.
- Delete photos/videos in batch with a single click.
- De-duplicate the repeated contacts
- Fix & optimize ID3 tags,covers,song information
- Perfectly backup/restore iTunes library.
Steps to rip music from iPhone to Mac with TunesGo (Mac)
Below given are the steps to rip iPhone music to Mac.
Step 1 Download, install and launch Wondershare TunesGo on your Mac, and connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable.
Step 2 From the top menu bar, select вЂњMusicвЂќ tab and music management window will appear. The type of music files on your iPhone will appear on the left side panel вЂ“ Music, Podcasts, iTunes U, Audiobooks and Playlists.
Step 3 Select the desired songs from the list on the right panel and click вЂњExportвЂќ.
Next select the target folder on your Mac, where you wish to rip the music files and click вЂњSaveвЂќ. The music files will be successfully ripped.
Alternatively, if you want to rip all the music files from a music category, select the category, right click and tap on вЂњExport to MacвЂќ option.
Part 2. Rip Music from iPhone to PC
Wondershare TunesGo is amazing software that allows to rip iPhone music to PC with just a few steps. Transferring purchased music from iPhone to PC is still easy, but when it comes to non-purchased music, the process is tedious and complicated. Wondershare TunesGo proves to be an apt choice here, as the software allows purchased as well as non-purchased music transfer. The trial version of the software allows to rip music from iPhone free and converts them to the format compatible with the devices.
Steps to rip music from iPhone to PC with TunesGo
Listed below are the steps to rip music off iPhone to PC
Step 1 Launch Tunes, and connect iPhone with your PC using a USB cable.
Step 2 Tap on вЂњMusicвЂќ from top menu bar and the music management window will open.
Step 3 From the list of music files, select the one that you wish to rip off. Click on вЂњExportвЂќ and from drop down menu select вЂњExport to PCвЂќ. From pop-up window, select the target folder on your PC where you wish to rip off the selected music files and click OK.
Alternatively, if you want to rip of all the music files then select the category type of music (Music, iTunes U, Podcasts, Audiobooks), right click and select вЂњExport to PCвЂќ option.
Part 3. Rip Music from iPhone to iTunes
Wondershare TunesGo also enables to rip music from iPhone to iTunes, so that there is the backup of music files on iTunes library. If your PC/Mac crashes or you buy a new PC, then you can conveniently rebuild the complete music library of your iPhone on new system, by using the вЂњRebuild iTunes LibraryвЂќ feature of the software. Along with the music, the software also transfer other media content using вЂњRebuild iTunes LibraryвЂќ function and this includes, Podcasts, Home videos, music videos, playlists, and others.
Steps to rip music from iPhone to PC with TunesGo
To rip songs off iPhone to iTunes, follow the steps given below.
Step 1 Launch TunesGo and connect iPhone to your PC using a USB cable. On the main software interface, click вЂњRebuild iTunes LibraryвЂќ.
Step 2 Click вЂњStartвЂќ from pop-up window. The software will scan the media files on iPhone, and will display the ones which are not present on iTunes library.
From the given list, select the music files that you want to rip from iPhone to iTunes and then tap on вЂњStartвЂќ at the bottom-right corner.
The music files will successfully rip from iPhone to iTunes library. Considering the above features and functions, Wondershare TunesGo can be considered as the best iPhone ripper that allows to rip songs from iPhone to PC, Mac, and iTunes. The trial version of the software acts as an iPhone ripper free and allows testing the software before going for the paid version.
Hvis du ikke har rippet dine musik-cd’er til lydfiler på din computer endnu, er det ikke for sent. Alt det tager er et cd-drev og lidt tid. Når du er færdig bliver din fysiske musiksamling din digitale musiksamling.
Du kan så lytte til musikken på din computer eller kopiere den til din smartphone. Der er endda mange gratis tjenester, der giver dig mulighed for at gemme den musik online og streame den fra hvor som helst.
Få en cd-drev
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Mange moderne bærbare computere – og endda stationære pc’er – indeholder ikke længere cd-drev. Hvis din valgte computer indeholder et cd-drev, er du god til at gå. (DVD-drev er dobbelt som cd-drev, selvfølgelig.)
Hvis du ikke har et cd-drev på din computer, er det heller ikke noget problem. Du kan købe cd-drev, der forbinder til en bærbar computer eller en anden computer via USB. Du kan købe eksterne cd- og dvd-drev til så lidt som $ 12 på Amazon. Når du har det drev, kan du holde det ved hånden og bruge det, når du skal bruge en cd eller dvd på en computer, der ikke har et cd-drev.
Vælg din rip-software
Du skal nu skal vælge den rippe software, du vil bruge. Mange populære programmer, du allerede bruger, har cd-ripping funktioner. iTunes på Macs og pc’er har dette indbygget – som standard, når du indsætter en cd, mens iTunes kører, vil den bede om at “Importere” cd’en til iTunes og rippe musikken på den i digitale filer. Kodningsindstillinger kan styres ved at klikke på knappen “Importer indstillinger” i vinduet iTunes-indstillinger.
Windows Media Player har også dette indbygget og er stadig indbefattet som standard på Windows 10. Start Windows Media Player, og du bliver kunne bruge “Rip” knappen til at rippe filerne på den til din computer. Men du er nok bedre at bruge iTunes eller et af de mere avancerede programmer nedenfor end Windows Media Player. Hvis du bruger Windows Media Player, skal du sørge for, at du ikke ripper til WMA-filer, og at kopibeskyttelse er deaktiveret, så du ikke opretter DRM’d-filer, der er begrænset til, hvordan du kan bruge dem.
Brug kun iTunes – eller endda Windows Media Player – vil nok være fint for de fleste. Men hvis du vil have mere kontrol og avancerede muligheder, er mere avancerede værktøjer også tilgængelige.
Mange audiophiler sværger ved Exact Audio Copy på Windows, også kendt som EAC, som indeholder avancerede fejlkorrektionsfunktioner til næsten perfekte ripper. Du skal også downloade LAME MP3-encoderen separat og give den til EAC. CDex fungerer måske ikke lige så godt som EAC, men kan være enklere at bruge. Mac-brugere skal nok prøve Max, som også indeholder fejlreduktionsfunktioner. LAME er den bedste MP3-encoder, og EAC, CDex og Max kan alle bruge den.
Vælg et format og en bitrate
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Når du ripper discs, skal du vælge et format og bitrate. Forskellige formater har forskellig kompatibilitet – MP3 er den mest kompatible med det bredeste udvalg af enheder, men AAC er mere effektivt og producerer mindre filer på samme kvalitetsniveau.
Du skal også vælge bitrate eller kvalitetsniveau – højere kvalitetsniveauer betyder større filer. Nogle typer lydfiler er “tabløse” og giver den maksimale lydkvalitet på bekostning af større filstørrelser. Open-source FLAC og Apples Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) er eksempler på dette.
Denne del af beslutningen er op til dig. Folk, der ikke er ligeglade med filstørrelser og kun ønsker at arkivere deres musiksamling på højeste kvalitetsniveau, foretrækker at rippe musik til tabløse FLAC- eller ALAC-filer til arkivformål. Du kan jo jo altid bruge et lydkonverteringsværktøj til at gøre mindre MP3 eller AAC filer fra dem, hvis det er nødvendigt. Men der er ingen at gå fra en lossy MP3 eller AAC fil til en tabsfri fil – du bliver nødt til at re-rip de originale diske for at få dem.
Hvis du bare vil rive til en samling, der lyder godt og vil spille på næsten alt, MP3 er nok det bedste spil. Når du ripper til MP3’er, vil du sikkert bruge LAME-encoderen og vælge 256 kbps VBR som din kvalitetsindstilling – det er det, som de fleste mennesker synes at anbefale i disse dage.
Hvis du primært bruger Apple-software og -udstyr, er AAC eller Apple Lossless helt sikkert et godt valg, der vil fungere for dig. Selv Android-smartphones afspiller AAC-filer – men ikke alle enheder gør det.
Tag dine sange automatisk
Rippeprogrammet, du bruger, skal kunne registrere de diske, du har indsat, se dem op online og automatisk fylde i de relevante tags for hver sang – kunstner navn, album navn, spor titel, release år osv. – for dig. iTunes har dette indbygget, og det hedder “Automatisk hentning af cd-spornavne fra internettet.”
Afhængigt af det program du bruger, skal du muligvis tilpasse dine metadataudbyderindstillinger og bekræfte, at programmet automatisk mærker din musik til dig . Dette vil spare dig for meget tid.
Du vil måske også gerne ændre mappen og filnavnet. iTunes håndterer dette for dig ved at tilføje den rippede musik i din iTunes-bibliotek mappe, men programmer som EAC og CDex giver dig mere kontrol.
Sørg for at sikkerhedskopiere din musiksamling, når du har rippet den – på en ekstern harddisk , for eksempel. Du vil ikke gennemgå hele processen igen, hvis din harddisk nogensinde dør, og du taber filerne.
Først vil vi gå igennem og opine på alle de funktioner, de annoncerede i dag, og så vi Jeg vil fortælle dig, hvorfor du skal opgradere til Windows 10. Windows 10 er et universelt operativsystem over alle enheder Det tv på billedet er faktisk en 84 “Surface tablet. Og det headset er HoloLens. Windows 10 kører nu det samme operativsystem på dit skrivebord, tablet, Xbox og din telefon .
Så for at blokere disse GIF’er fra at spille, skal du gøre lidt ekstra arbejde. Google Chrome RELATERET : Sådan aktiveres Click-to-Play-plugins i hver webbrowser Da Chrome ikke har en indbygget indstilling til at kontrollere, om animerede GIF’er afspilles, skal du installere en browserudvidelse for at kontrollere dette.
Updated on May 25, 2021
WAV is an entirely uncompressed audio format that is the closest to the CD quality. Hence, when ripping CD to WAV files, it will not cause any loss in sound quality. However, not everyone knows how to convert a CD to WAV, this article will elaborate on three different ways for you. Let’s go for it!
The Benefits of Converting a CD to WAV
It is well-known that WAV is the closest lossless audio format to the quality of CD. Converting a CD to lossless WAV file has many benefits:
1. There is no any quality loss of a CD.
2. Free a CD from scratches and damages.
3. Digital files are better for playback, save and share.
4. Easy to burn to a new blank CD.
Compared with converting CD to lossy MP3 audio, it is more appropriate to rip CD to WAV for music enthusiasts. Hence, this article will provide 3 free methods for CD WAV conversion on Windows.
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3 Free and Simple Methods to Rip CD to WAV on Windows
Method 1 – CD to WAV with Windows Media Player
Usually, the built-in Windows Media Player does more than just act as a media converter and CD burner, it can also be used as a CD ripper to rip CD to lossless WAV quickly. Follow the steps as below:
Step 1: Insert a CD into the CD drive.
Step 2: Open WMP and switch to the Library Mode.
Step 3: Click Organize> Options> Rip Music> Custom Output Directory in the upper left corner and then select format as WAV (Lossless)> OK
Step 4: Select your CD drive on the left, and select all, then click Rip CD on the menu bar and start to rip audio CD to WAV.
Method 2 – Convert Audio CD to WAV with iTunes
We’ve talked about how to use iTunes to normalize audio and convert M4A to WAV, and today let’s take a look at how to convert CD to WAV with iTunes.
Step 1: Launch iTunes and then click Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings > select WAV Encoder in Import Using > OK.
Step 2: Insert CD into the CD drive.
Step 3: Add all tracks in CD to a playlist or create a new playlist.
Step 4: Hold down Ctrl and select the tracks you need to convert, click File > Convert > Create WAV Version in the menu bar and start to Convert audio CD to WAV File.
Method 3 – Rip CD to WAV with Exact Audio Copy (EAC)
Exact Audio Copy is a so called audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD drives.
Step 1: Run the EAC software, and click Cancel when the EAC Setup Wizard pops up.
Step 2: Insert a CD into the CD drive, and you’ll see the CD tracks listed in the interface.
Step 3: Select all tracks and click the first icon Copy Selected Tracks Uncompressed on the left.
Step 4: Set the output directory and click OK to start to extract WAV from CD.
By the way, ripping CD to FLAC with EAC is a popular choice for many people. Exact Audio Copy is the first choice of varied CD rippers for the broad masses of audiophiles. Though this software is powerful and easy to use, it is not friendly to the novice, more detailed parameters please refer to here: http://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=Exact_Audio_Copy
Now, you have got 3 free and simple ways to rip audio CD to WAV, after that, you can keep your CD in a safe place to prevent damage, and use the WAV file for regular enjoy. Of course, because WAV always takes up a lot of space, so converting WAV to FLAC is a good idea. If this article does help you, you are free to share it with more people!
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This DVD ripper is a convenient solution to backup DVD to digital files. Besides, it allows you to directly rip DVD to your devices such as iPhone, PS4, etc.
In Microsoft Windows, follow these steps to rip audio or music CDs (copy the audio to your computer) with Windows Media Player.
The steps below are for users who are running Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 10 higher. If you’re unsure which version is on your computer, see: How to determine the version of Windows Media Player.
- Windows Media Player version 12.
- Windows Media Player version 10 and 11.
- CD ripping tips.
Windows Media Player version 12
Follow these steps to rip audio CDs in Windows Media Player 12.
- Open Windows Media Player.
- How do I open Windows Media Player?
- Insert the audio CD you want to rip.
- Near the top of the window, on the left side, click the Rip CD button.
If you only want specific songs, uncheck the boxes next to those that you don’t.
Windows Media Player version 10 and 11
Follow these steps to rip audio CDs in Windows Media Player 10 or 11.
- Open Windows Media Player.
- How do I open Windows Media Player?
- Insert the audio CD you want to rip.
- Check the boxes next to the songs you’d like to rip. If you want the entire CD, you can click the “check all” box above the track listing so that every song is selected.
- Locate your CD in the menu on the left side of the window.
- Right-click the CD and select Rip CD to library from the drop-down menu that appears.
CD ripping tips
The following features help make ripping and organizing your audio more convenient.
- Internet connection – If you want Windows Media Player to automatically fill in the CD name, the artist who created it, and the names of the tracks, you must be online. Although not every CD is listed in the CDDB, this feature can save you a lot of time instead of entering the information manually.
- Automatically rip – Windows Media Player has the option to rip audio CDs automatically when you insert them. Choosing this option can save you some time when you are ripping multiple CDs.
- How to make Windows Media Player rip CDs automatically.
Nowadays, CDs are out of trend, but you might have a collection of your favorite songs and wish to convert CD to MP3 to save them on your digital device. how to do that? Here list 3 practical CD to MP3 converters to help you rip CD to MP3 for free. If you need a professional video and audio converter, try MiniTool Video Converter.
MP3 is the most popular format. If you have a massive CD collection, you should rip them to MP3 and save on your computer or mobile phone for listening anytime. How to rip CD to MP3? Read on to find out the answer.
1. Convert CD to MP3 Using Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is a media player developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio and video files as well as viewing images and it makes ripping songs from a CD and turning them into MP3 files easier than ever before.
Step 1. Insert the CD into your computer. Make sure that you place the CD logo-side-up in the CD tray.
Step 2. Open the Windows Media Player application on your PC.
Step 3. Click the Library tab in the upper-left corner of the Windows Media Player window.
Step 4. Go to the Folders list and select your CD’s name on the left side of the window. The CD might be called “Unknown album” or something else.
Step 5. Click the Rip settings tab, choose the Format option, and then select MP3 from the drop-down list.
Step 6. Optionally, go to Rip settings > Audio Quality to select a specific sound quality for the ripped music files.
Step 7. Click the Rip CD option.
Step 8. Wait for the ripping process to complete. And you may need to click OK when prompted.
2. Convert CD to MP3 Using VLC
Apart from listening to music or watching movies, VLC Media player also allows you to convert CD to MP3 for saving your favorite album on your computer. Now, let’s learn how to convert CD to MP3 using VLC.
Step 1. Insert the CD you want to convert into your computer’s disk drive.
Step 2. Launch VLC Media Player, go to the Media menu, and select the Convert/Save option.
Step 3. Once the Open Media window pops up, select the Disc tab at the top and tick the Audio CD box.
Step 4. Select the tracks you want to convert from the CD. Once you have selected, just click Convert from the Convert/Save drop-down menu.
Step 5. Specify the output destination of the file and rename it. Please make sure you add the extension of the format to the name.
Step 6. Select MP3 from the Profile drop-down list.
Step 7. At last, click the Start button to begin the process. You can track the converting progress on the main interface.
3. Convert CD to MP3 Using AnyBurn
AnyBurn is a lightweight yet professional CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning software that provides free and complete solutions for burning and disc imaging. Using it, you can quickly rip CD to MP3 and change the rip settings. It is completely free for both home and business use.
Step 1. Run AnyBurn on your computer and click Rip Audio CD to mp3/flac/ape.
Step 2. When the Rip Audio CD page appears, select the correct drive from the source drive list. Then all tracks in the disc will be listed. Just select the tracks you want to rip and click Next.
Step 3. On the Rip settings page, select MP3 as the output format. And you can click the Browse button to change the destination folder.
Step 4. Click Rip Now to start ripping CD to MP3.
Step 5. Once the ripping completes, you will see the message “Ripping Audio CD finished successfully”.
How to convert OGG to MP3 or other formats for free? Here list 7 converters to help you quickly convert OGG to MP3, both desktop applications and online tools.
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What are the best direct-drive turntables, CD drives and hi-fis for digitising your CDs and records? BBC Music Magazine’s audio expert Chris Haslam answers all your questions and more
What should you do with CDs, LPs and cassette tapes?
In 2019, 79.5 per cent of all music consumed was streamed using online services. There’s no escaping digital and the undisputable convenience of it, but what about your CDs, LPs, cassette tapes – and even those old reel- to-reel recordings hiding in the attic? Naturally I still advocate a good quality hi-fi with CD player and turntable, but if you’re looking to streamline your collection, or maybe save some irreplaceable analogue recordings, you can digitise pretty much any format for future enjoyment.
How to digitise your CD collection and upload your CDs to your computer
If your computer has a CD drive, uploading your CD collection is easy, albeit potentially time-consuming. Mac owners can organise their library using the Music app, while PC users can download free music management software including Audacity and Exact Audio Copy. I would recommend storing your music collection on a separate hard drive, while an NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive makes your music accessible over the internet for wireless streaming.
How to digitise records and LPs
Digitising record collections is a little trickier, requiring a turntable with a USB output (try Audio Technica, Sony or ION) or a phono preamp with USB such as the Pro-Ject Phono Box USB V (£149, henleyaudio.co.uk) that works with your existing turntable.
How to digitise cassette tapes
Cassette tapes – which degrade faster than vinyl – can also be digitised, and if you have a tape deck you can connect its 3.5mm headphone output to your computer’s microphone input. Alternatively, players with USB outputs work well, while cheap £30 portable tape players like the ION Audio Tape Express can do it easily – although don’t expect flawless results.
How to improve the audio quality of digitised records
Always record in the best possible audio quality you can, but have realistic expectations, particularly with 78rpm records which are never going to be perfect. And remember, unlike CD ‘ripping’ you’ll need to use software to create individual tracks and name them. You can also clean up poor recordings, although that might lose the individuality and little imperfections that your recordings have picked up over the years and that you’ve grown to love.
As technology continues to get smaller and increasingly mobile, many of us are stuck with CD and DVD collections that are growing less compatible with our new lifestyles. Netbooks, ultrabooks, and even some desktops are starting to ditch optical drives. A single DVD case is around the size of a small tablet, and an entire stack of CDs can fit within a tiny microSD card. If you want to continue to enjoy your music and movies, here’s a guide to knocking the dust off your stack of DVDs and transferring those as well as your box of music CDs into a digital library.
Ripping music CDs isn’t a new concept. Chances are the default music player on your computer already has the functionality necessary for ripping CDs into a digital format. This process is relatively straightforward in Windows Media Player and iTunes.
Rhythmbox is my default media player in Linux. When I pop in a music CD, it appears in the sidebar. Clicking on the CD reveals the number of tracks on the disk and the ability to edit all of the associated tags. I can then click on the “Extract” button or right-click the disk in the sidebar and watch as my music is transferred onto my computer to add to my digital library.
If you want to watch your favorite DVD on your new portable media player or are interested in streaming your media from your computer to your television, you will first need to free the video from the confines of an optical disk. HandBrake is a handy free tool for such a task. It is a cross-platform DVD-ripping application available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. When you first open the application, you will see a window like this.
Select the DVD you want to transfer, choose what format to encode it to, pick a location on your hard drive to save the file, and let it rip. HandBrake offers a plethora of granular options for those of you who have specific format, aspect ratio, bit rate, and subtitle preferences, but if all you want is an easily managed MP4 file, the defaults are just fine.
Now that your music and video have transferred to your computer, you are free to watch them with any compatible video player such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, or VLC. If you want to consume your digital library on a portable device, you have a few more hurdles to jump. If you plug in a device and it is mounted via Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), you may be limited to specific software to get media on and off your device. For Apple devices, this is usually iTunes. Android devices vary from one device to another. If your device is mounted in Mass Storage Class (MSC), transferring files is as simple as using a flash drive. Some devices give you the option to switch between MTP and MSC, but generally this is not the case.
While it is possible to copy files over from your computer to your phone, your phone probably does not have the storage necessary to store all of your movies. An alternative option is to keep all of your files stored in one central location, such as a computer or portable hard drive, and stream media to other devices as needed. Subsonic and PS3 Media Server are two of the more popular software you can use to stream media. They are both free, full featured, easy to install and use and cross-platform compatible.
Alternatively, if you prefer to setup your own home media server, Amahi Home Server is the best option for you.
If your media collection are mostly music and audio files, storing them in the cloud is also a good way to save up on your local storage space, and allows you to access to your music library anywhere, as long as you are connected to the Internet. Google Music is one of the most generous cloud player that allows you to store up to 20,000 songs for free. iOS users can also make use of iCloud to store their music. Amazon Cloud Player is yet another place for you to store your music online.
It is not too difficult to create a logical arrangement of folders for storing your media, but if you want to be more organized, applications such as the Tellico Collection Manager allow you to manage various libraries.
In Tellico, you can store details about your movies such as cover art, director, year of release, and genre. In addition to music and movies, you can also manage ebooks and virtually anything else your heart desires. Once your digital house is in order, you may find that you want a digital log of physical objects you have lying around the house as well.
Buying digital movies from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon can lock you into viewing your content only within their specific apps. If you want the freedom to view your digital library whenever and however you want, your best bet is to acquire a physical copy of the media and rip it yourself. While this may no longer be the case with music CDs, DVDs are still easy to acquire and often cheaper than their digital counterparts. Don’t let this format go to waste.
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Ripping a CD means to copy songs from the CD to a computer hard disk. The Windows Media Player is an application from Microsoft that enables you to copy music from any CD onto your computer for free. You can then easily manage downloaded music files using Windows Media Player.
To rip a CD, first you have to be connected to the Internet. When you insert an audio CD, the media player should automatically open a window to ask what to do with the CD. Select the Rip Music from CD with Windows Media Player option, and then select the Rip tab from the Media Player. The download to your hard disk should start automatically. The player also downloads album cover art and track titles. You can add or edit information after ripping the CD. The default setting selects all the songs on the CD to rip, but you can change this setting by clearing boxes to leave only selected songs. The Windows Media Audio format is the default file format, but you can choose other available formats, which can affect the audio quality, file size, and ripping time. The smaller the file size, the lower the audio quality.
Once you rip a CD, you can listen to the songs directly from your computer, from your Windows library without the CD. You can also transfer the songs to compatible portable devices, such as an MP3 player or a smartphone, or you can burn a customized CD from different music files. The ripping format you choose affects the sound quality on these devices. You can try different settings and formats to compare and find the right balance for your needs.
- 1.0 Get Familiar With Your Turntable Setup
- 2.0 Will You Need An Audio Interface To Record Vinyl?
- 3.0 What Software Should I Use To Record Vinyl?
- 4.0 Recording Basics
- 5.0 How To Create Individual Tracks / Songs
- 6.0 Editing Audio
- 7.0 Recording Settings + MP3s + File Types
1.0 Get Familiar With Your Turntable Setup
Please read our Beginner’s Guide To Turntable Setups first. After reading that, you’ll know what equipment you’ll need, especially if you need a preamp or not. For recording, the only additional component you’ll need is recording software.
2.0 Will You Need An Audio Interface To Record Vinyl?
No. An audio interface is not necessary to record vinyl into your computer. The exception is if your turntable does not have a USB output AND your computer ONLY has a USB input (many computers have an 1/8″ input).
A case can be made to use an Audio Interface even if you technically don’t need one. If you want your recordings for music production, digital DJing or critical listening, you probably want an Audio Interface to your setup to assure optimal sound quality transfer. You can read our Guide To Audio Interfaces here.
3.0 What Software Should I Use To Record Vinyl?
- for Macs, Garage Band will work fine.
- Audacity is a free downloadable program that works on both PC and MAC
4.0 Recording Basics
- Connect your turntable output to your computer’s 1/8″ audio input or USB input.
- Launch your program and create a new file.
- Select the appropriate input source (1/8″ or USB) in the program preferences.
- Test play your record and make sure the input levels do not reach “red”, adjust input volume if necessary.
- Click “Record” and once you are finished hit “Stop”.
- If using Audacity go to the “File” menu and select “Export to MP3”.
- If using Garageband go to the “File” menu and select “Save As”. The default file type is AAC.
5.0 How To Create Individual Tracks / Songs
Please note, recording software does not automate the creation of separate tracks. The first method to record a track is to record one track at a time and save them individually. The second method is to record a whole side of an album, then edit and save them as individual tracks.
6.0 Editing Audio
Editing audio in a recording program is easy to learn and that does not take much time. Play around with highlighting different sections of your recording (represented by the waveform). You can easily identify the beginning and ends of songs by reading the waveform. Highlight a section and you can delete it like you would a text document. If you prefer copying and pasting: copy, create a new file and paste into that file. Lastly, “Export to MP3” or “Save As”.
7.0 Recording Settings + MP3s + File Types
- For CD quality recording, we recommend 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit for your input settings.
- General maximum quality for most recordings is 96k Hz / 24 Bit, but this will create a very large file.
- For exporting your recording to MP3 we recommend 320 kbps KPS (DJ quality). FYI, iTunes files are 256 kbps.
- MP3s optimize and compress file size.
- MP3s allow you to store ID3 tag info such as Artist, Title, Label, Track Number, Compose, Year, etc.
- WAV and AIFF files do not offer compression and will have very large file size.
- WAV and AIFF files do not store ID3 tag info and will not transfer additional info (however, iTunes will allow you to store the info).
- Once you have edited and saved your audio files, just drag the files from the folder you have saved them to into iTunes. Once the files appear in the tracklist, right click + “get info” and fill in info such as Artist, Track Title, Label, Year, etc.
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