By tidying up a bit in the attic you found some old music CDs and now you would love to listen to them all? If I were you, instead of being there to change the disk every now and then in the stereo, I would convert everything to MP3 and listen to the music directly from your computer or smartphone. How do you say? You've thought about it too but you don't know how to convert CD to MP3? You surprise me. This is such a simple operation that I thought you didn't need help to do it. However, do not worry, I'll settle you immediately.
Take a couple of minutes of free time and put into practice the instructions you find below. In no time you will find out how to import the tracks of your favorite music CDs to your PC and how to turn them into MP3 or other audio file formats. I assure you that this is really a breeze. Just think, you don't even need to download additional programs on your computer: you can do everything with software that is already included “standard” in Windows or macOS.
And who uses Linux for? No problem. I know some very easy to use applications that allow you to "rip" CDs even on Linux, and more precisely on very popular distros like Ubuntu. Would you like to know more? Well, then read on - find all the information you need right below.
Repair MP3 CDs on Windows
The activity of convert CD to MP3 is technically called "ripping" and consists in extracting the tracks from standard audio CDs (those that can be heard in all stereos) and saving them on the computer in the form of MP3 or other compressed audio file formats such as MP3 or even uncompressed, such as WAV.
On Windows computers, this work can easily be accomplished by Windows Media Player, the media player included by default in almost all editions of the Microsoft operating system. Its operation is extremely intuitive. All you have to do is insert the audio CD to “rip” into your computer, open it Windows Media Player (you can find it in the menu Start) and select the icon diskette which automatically appears in the left sidebar.
At this point, click on your button CD Copy Settings which is at the top left and first select the option MP3 from the menu Format and then the voice 320 kbps from the menu Audio quality (in order to obtain files of not very small size but of very high quality). So press on the button Copy from CD (which is always at the top) and wait for Windows Media Player to process all the tracks on the disk.
If you don't want to “rip” all the songs but only some of them, before clicking on the button Copy from CD uncheck the title of the tracks you don't want to save on your computer. The final MP3s will be saved inside the folder Music Windows, in a sub-folder with the same name as the “ripped” album.
Please note: if you are using an “N” edition of Windows that does not have Windows Media Player, you can turn audio CDs into MP3 using Fre: ac, a free and open source software that allows you to convert all major audio file formats together. I have well explained how to use it in my tutorial on free MP3 converters.
Repair MP3 CDs on Mac
If you use a Mac you can turn CD to MP3 using iTunes, Apple's multimedia software included by default in all versions of macOS. Before taking action and finding out how it works in detail, go to its settings (by selecting the item Pref Renze from the menu iTunes at the top left or by pressing cmd +, on your computer keyboard) and set MP3 format as the output format for “ripped” tracks from audio CDs.
Select quindi la scheda General from the window that opens, presses the button Import settings and select the item MP3 encoder give menu to tendin Import using. Next, choose the option Customize give menu to tendin Settings, set the item 320 kbps from the menu Stereo bit rate located at the top of the window that opens and click on OK per salvare I modified it.
Finally, insert the music CD into the Mac, answer with Yes to the iTunes import request and wait for the conversion process of songs to MP3 to finish. If iTunes does not show any warning, select the icon diskette that appears at the top left, click on the button Import CD (top right) and give theOK to start the “ripping” procedure.
If you don't want to convert all the songs included on the CD but only some of them, uncheck the title of the ones you don't want to save on the Mac. The MP3 files generated by the application will be automatically saved in the iTunes music library.
iTunes is also available for Windows (as a separate program that you can download for free from Apple's website). If you want, you can also use it on Microsoft systems by following the same instructions I just gave you for the Mac version. For more info about it, see my tutorial on how to download iTunes.
Repair MP3 CDs on Ubuntu Linux
If you are using a PC equipped with Ubuntu Linux, you can “rip” music CDs with Soud Juicer, a free application that allows you to extract audio tracks from music CDs and save them as MP3 files (and other file formats).
To install Sound Juicer on your computer, start theUbuntu Software Center (the orange shopping bag located in the left sidebar), search for “sound juicer” and click on the button Install located in front of the application icon. To complete the operation you will be asked to type the Ubuntu admin password.
Once the installation is complete, start Sound juicer, go to his Pref Renze selecting the appropriate item from the menu at the top left and set the output format su MPEG Layer Audio 3. If you are told that the profile cannot be used, it means that you have not yet installed the MP3 codec on your PC.
Then go to System settings and click on the icon related to Software and Updates. In the window that opens, select the tab Software for Ubuntu and put the check mark next to the items Community maintained, free and open source software (universe) e Software with copyright or legal restrictions (multiverse).
When completed, start the terminal, give the command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras and rispondi S to the request made to install the MP3 codec (along with other "proprietary" software) on your computer. When prompted, select the button OK in the Terminal to accept the conditions of use of the software to be installed.
Now you are truly ready to take action! Then start Sound Juicer, set MP3 as the output format following the instructions I gave you before and select all the tracks you want to "rip" by placing the check mark next to their titles.
Finally, click on the button Extract and wait patiently for all songs to be converted to MP3 and saved to your computer.
If you want to change the output folder where MP3s are saved (the default is Music) or you want to use another CD / DVD player with Sound Juicer, go to preferences application and select your preferences from the appropriate drop-down menus.