How to Save CD Music to an MP3 on a Memory Stick

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How to Save CD Music to an MP3 on a Memory Stick
Store your CD music on a USB memory stick. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

At the time they were introduced, compacts discs provided several advantages over cassette tapes, which were then the most popular music storage medium. These days, a CD is a bulky and inefficient alternative to more modern accessories, such as USB memory sticks, which can store dozens -- or even hundreds -- of albums in smaller, lighter packages. Save music from your CDs to a USB memory stick to take more if with you when you leave the house -- and with less effort.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with USB port
  • CD-R/RW drive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug your USB memory stick into one of your computer's USB ports. Insert your CD into your computer's CD-R or CD-RW drive.

  2. 2

    Open "My Computer" and double-click on the name of your CD. Open a second "My Computer" window and double-click the name of your USB memory stick. Close Windows Media Player -- or whichever program you usually use to play CDs on your computer -- if it launches, as this is a process you complete using Windows alone.

  3. 3

    Highlight the names of all the songs you wish to transfer to your USB memory stick in the windows that contain your CD tracks. Right-click anywhere in the window and click "Copy." Toggle to the windows for your USB memory stick, right-click anywhere within it and click paste. Wait until Windows informs you the transfer has completed, then eject your CD and remove your USB memory stick.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't transfer songs that are copyrighted to your USB memory stick. If you have doubts as to whether music is copyrighted, do yourself a favour and assume that it is.

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