How to Add Music to Windows Media Player Library

By Derek Odom

You can add music to the Windows Media Player library quickly and easily. Media Player will automatically arrange your music and video files in alphabetical order to make it convenient for you to find them when you need them. Media Player, made as it is by Microsoft to be native to Windows, is also an efficient and responsive program no matter how many media files are contained within its database. As of February 2012, Windows Media Player 12 is the latest version of the software.

Step 1

Place a CD in your CD or DVD player. Windows may bring a windows up asking if you want to play the disc or view its files in Windows Explorer; if so, choose "Play."

Step 2

Click the name of the album (it may also say "Other Media") while in Library Mode in the left side of the Media Player and you'll see the track listing of the CD.

Step 3

Choose which songs you would like Media Player to add while in Library mode by checking or unchecking the boxes next to each song.

Step 4

Click the "Rip Settings" menu next to the Rip button to customize the ripping process; the menu includes options such as specifying file format and audio quality.

Step 5

Click the "Rip" button to rip the CD. If the CD started playing when you inserted it, it will stop playing and start again on the first track being ripped.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're in Now Playing mode when you enter a CD, you will only see a Rip icon that looks like a CD in the upper right of the window; you can click that to Rip the CD.
  • To switch from Now Playing Mode to Library mode, click the button in the upper right of the window that looks like three white squares and an arrow. To switch back from Library Mode to Now Playing Mode, click the similar blue icon in the lower right corner of the window.
  • Ripping albums you do not own a copy of is copyright infringement.