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How to Copy Music From a CD to a Blank CD

Updated February 21, 2017

Compact discs, or CDs, are useful storage mediums for audio files. But they easily scratch and can become unrepairable. To prevent this, you should copy your music CDs. Windows operating systems come complete with Windows Media Player. This software will allow you to rip or copy music from one CD and then burn or copy it to another CD.

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  1. Insert the CD that you wish to copy into the CD or DVD-ROM drive.

  2. Launch Windows Media Player.

  3. Select the "Rip" tab. Click the drop-down arrow on the Rip tab to access the "Rip" menu.

  4. Select "Format" and chose the format to which you want the songs from your CD to be converted. By default, the software will convert them to .wma format. You can also select .mp3 or .wav, but many stereos can't play .wav files.

  5. Uncheck any songs that you don't want ripped from the CD. By default, the software will rip all songs that have not been ripped before by your software on the CD.

  6. Select "Start Ripping" from the bottom-right of the interface. Once the songs have been ripped they will be located in the Library (in the left pane of the interface).

  7. Insert a blank CD into the CD or DVD-ROM drive.

  8. Select the "Burn" tab on Windows Media Player. Then select the drop-down arrow on the Burn tab to access the "Burn" menu. Select "Audio CD" as the type of CD you want to burn.

  9. Locate the songs you just ripped in the "Library" in the left-pane. In the Library menu, click on either the "Songs" or "Artist" options to find the songs you just ripped from a CD. If the songs have multiple artists, if may be easiest to find the selections in the "Songs" menu.

  10. Drag each song and drop it into the "Burn List" on the right-side of the interface.

  11. Click the "Start Burn" button below the Burn List. You have now copied your CD to a blank CD.

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About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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