How to Use Windows Media Player to Copy Music From CDs 2022


What to Know

Easiest method: Windows Media Player > Folders > select disc > Rip CD.To change settings: Windows Media Player > Folders > select disc > Rip settings > Format, Audio Quality, or More Options before ripping.

This article explains how to copy, or rip, music from a disc to your computer with Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

How to Rip a CD using Windows Media Player

For Windows users who have Windows Media Player built-in, copying music to your computer is really easy. When you have the CD you want to copy ready, Windows Media Player will do most of the work for you.

Insert the disc into your disc drive. If an autoplay option appears, ignore it or exit out of it.

Open Windows Media Player. Either search for it from the Start menu or enter the wmplayer command in the Run dialog box.

Go to the Folders list and select the music disc.

The CD might be called Unknown album or something else, but either way, it is represented by a small disc icon.

Windows Media Player can rip the CD with default settings or select Rip settings to change how the CD will be copied to the computer.

Go to Rip settings > Format to choose an audio format. The first several are Windows Media Audio formats, followed by MP3 and WAV. Select the format for the copied music.

Go to Rip settings > Audio Quality to select a specific sound quality for the music. The options vary from computer to computer but can range from 48 Kbps (which will make files with the smallest size) to as high as 192 Kbps (this is the best quality but produces the largest file sizes).

Go to Rip settings > More options to find other settings that can be adjusted. Use these settings to rip CDs automatically, eject the disc after the CD rip, change where the music is copied on the computer, and choose the details to include in file names.

Before you start the CD rip, manually set Windows Media Player to find album info online automatically. Go to the left panel, right-click the disc, then choose Find album info.

When you're ready for Windows Media Player to copy the music to your computer, select Rip CD.

The button changes to Stop rip. In the Rip Status column, the track being copied will say Ripping, and the remaining tracks will say Pending until they're done being copied, after which the status changes to Ripped to library. To monitor the rip status of each song, watch the progress bar.

When every song is finished ripping, exit Windows Media Player, eject the CD and use the music now stored on your computer.

If you don't know what folder Windows Media Player copied the music to, select Rip settings > More options. You'll find the location in the Rip music to this location section.

If the music isn't in the correct format for your needs, don't re-rip the songs. Instead, run the files that need to be converted through a free audio file converter.