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How to Transfer All CDs to the Laptop

Updated February 21, 2017

You can copy your entire CD collection to your laptop computer. Windows Media Player can rip content from CDs and store it in a specified folder on the laptop. Before ripping the CDs, you should select your rip options. Windows Media Player will convert audio ripped from a CD into a variety of formats, including WMA, MP3 and AAC. Once the rip options are selected, there is no need to select them again for each disc.

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  1. Open Windows Media Player from the desktop Start menu.

  2. Click the "Rip" tab and select "Format."

  3. Select the "Rip Music" tab. Select the save location (e.g., My Music) by hitting the "Change" button and selecting a new folder to save the copied music.

  4. Select the "Format" that you want the music copied from your discs to be formatted to. By default, Windows Media Player will format all audio to WMA format. For another format, such as MP3, select the format from the drop-down menu.

  5. Move the slider left or right on the "Audio Quality" scale to change the quality of the ripped audio. The more to the left the slider is moved, the lower the audio quality will be, and vice versa.

  6. Click "Apply" and "OK."

  7. Insert the first CD disc into the CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive.

  8. Click the "Rip" tab.

  9. Uncheck any songs that you don't want ripped.

  10. Click the "Start Rip" button to copy the content of the first CD. When the CD is finished, insert the next CD and repeat the steps in this section. There is no need to select rip options in Windows Media Player, as described in the first section, again.

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Si Kingston

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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