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

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.

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  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. 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. 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.

  4. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer, world traveler and creator of the award-winning blog Leave Your Daily Hell. When he's not out globetrotting, you can find him in beautiful Austin, TX, where he lives with his partner.

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