How to Copy a Music CD to a USB Drive

The digital music is changing the way we listen to and store our music. People's CD collections are diminishing while their .mp3 files are filling up their computers. There's a go-between for this phenomenon--a USB drive. This little thing holds more songs than a single CD and won't take up space on your hard drive. Transferring your songs to the USB drive is easy and it doesn't take long. When you're done, you have the ability to save CDs as collector's items by keeping the discs and their covers in mint condition.

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Windows Operating Systems

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Insert the USB drive into a USB port on the computer and the computer will recognize that a new device has been installed.

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Click on "Computer" or "My Computer" and then open the USB drive system folder.

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Create a new folder inside the USB drive system folder in which to put the music you're going to copy from the CD. You don't have to do this, but creating folders helps with organization.

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Minimize the USB drive system folder.

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Insert the CD that contains the songs you want to copy.

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Open the CD system folder the same way you opened the USB system folder.

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Open the USB drive system folder so that the two folders overlap one another.

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Highlight the songs in the CD system folder and drag them to the USB system folder.

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Once the songs finish copying (depending on the speed of your system, the transfer can take a few seconds or a few minutes) and they'll be stored on the USB drive.

Mac Operating Systems

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Insert a USB drive into a USB port on the computer and a USB drive icon will appear on the desktop.

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Click on the USB drive icon to open the USB drive folder.

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Create a new folder in the USB drive folder, if you wish.

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Open iTunes. Now the USB drive folder and the iTunes screen are open at the same time.

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Insert a CD into the disc drive and the songs will appear as a list in iTunes.

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Click on "Edit" on the toolbar at the top of the screen and click on "Select All" from the drop-list to highlight the entire song list.

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Drag the song list to the USB drive folder and allow the songs to copy.

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Once the copying is complete, the songs will be on the USB drive.