How to Convert a CD to an MP3 Using Windows Media Player

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How to Convert a CD to an MP3 Using Windows Media Player
Convert a CD to MP3 using Windows Media Player. (Psychedelic CD image by bnstrong from

Converting a CD to MP3 using Windows Media Player is a great way to back up your music collection on your computer. After converting a CD to MP3 with Windows Media Player you can burn the MP3s to another audio CD, transfer them to an MP3 player, create an MP3 CD or simply listen to the MP3s on your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Windows Media Player
  • CD

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  1. 1

    Open Windows Media Player.

  2. 2

    Insert the CD you would like to convert to MP3 into your computer.

  3. 3

    Hover your mouse over "Rip" and click the downward pointing arrow that appears below the button to reveal a drop down menu. From this drop down menu, select "Format" and choose "MP3." This will dictate what format Windows Media Player converts music to.

  4. 4

    Click "Rip" and then click "Start Rip" located in the bottom right-hand corner of Windows Media Player. Eject the CD when Windows Media Player is finished ripping the CD. You have now successfully converted a CD to MP3 using Windows Media Player.

Tips and warnings

  • By default, Windows Media Player will convert audio files to the WMA format. Be sure to follow the steps to change this setting to MP3 before converting your CD.

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