How to Convert CDA Files to MP3 Format

Digital music, a blissfully flexible medium, can be enjoyed most anywhere. In order to listen to audio CDs on an MP3 player, the tracks must first be converted to MP3 format on your computer, using ripping software like WMP—Windows Media Player (version 9 or higher). Not only does your favorite music become portable, but this technique allows you to weed out undesirable tracks. There are plenty of free or low-cost ripping programs to be found online, if you would like to try something other than WMP.

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You have to convert your CD songs before listening to them on an MP3 player.

How to Convert CDA Files to MP3 Format

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Find and download reliable CD ripping software if you do not wish to use Windows Media Player. Find and download a music conversion program. Install just one program at a time, but have have both programs installed before the next step.

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Download CD ripping software.
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CDs usually start automatically.

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Place the CD containing the music files into the CD/DVD drive. Most CDs will auto-start.

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Open Windows Media Player to rip your CDs.

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Open Windows Media Player if the audio CD did not cause it to start. Find Windows Media Player (WMP) by clicking on the "Start" button, then "All Programs." Click "Windows Media Player."

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Before ripping the music, you can remove songs you don't want to convert.

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Click on "Rip Music" or "Rip." In WMP, all the tracks on the CD will be selected by default. Click on any checked boxes to clear selections you do not wish to rip.

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Watch the CD ripping progress.

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Click on "Start Rip." You will see the program progress as it moves from track to track. Unless you have specified differently, ripped files will be stored in the Music Library folder.

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You can configure the fromat and compression for the music you'll rip.

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Open the conversion software. Select your desired options from the software menu. You may be prompted to answer questions about format, compression, the number of files to rip, and the destination folder where the ripped files will be saved.

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Store music files in folders.

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Click on "Add files" or "Select files" in the conversion program, after all options are selected. Select the source folder, which is likely the Music Library folder. Select a destination folder where the converted file swill be saved.

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Click "Done", "Finish" or "Rip," according to your program, when all choices have been made. The software will then convert the ripped files to MP3 format and store them in your designated folder.

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