Guide to Rip/Convert CD to MP3 with VLC and Windows Media Player

MP3 is the most universal digital audio format to store audio with a fair quality as well as a small size. CD, on the other hand, though boasts higher audio quality than MP3 in general, does not hold much convenience as MP3 does. If you want to listen to music on a daily basis, MP3 is absolutely a better choice than the CD. Yet don't bother buying songs that you already have in a CD from the music store. You can convert CD to MP3 completely free with VLC and Windows Media Player. Pick your preferred method and start the audio CD to MP3 ripping process.

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Michelle | Sept 25, 2020

Method 1. Convert CD to MP3 with VLC

------ One Track at A Time

------ All Tracks in Batch

Method 2. Rip CD to MP3 with Windows Media Player

Method 1. Convert CD to MP3 with VLC ( For Windows, MacOS, and Linux Users)

The first tool we are going to use to rip audio CD to MP3 is the open-source multimedia player VLC. I bet you have already heard of this name and probably know some amazing things about VLC, like its ability to convert videos, download videos, and edit videos. Yet there's more to what VLC can do. And now, you are to learn a new trick of VLC, which is to rip CD with it (It can also rip DVDs in a breeze). Let's see how it works below.

How to Convert CD Audio Tracks to MP3 One by One:

Step 1. Launch VLC Media Player (If you haven't installed VLC, download it from the official site https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html). Then insert your CD into the disc drive. Return to VLC main screen and click Media > Convert / Save on the top-left corner of the interface, or press hotkeys Ctrl + R to bring up the Open Media window.

Step 2. In the new window, switch the top tab to Disc. Then select Audio CD in the Disc Selection area. Next, click Browse... and select your audio CD. Then at the Starting Position field beneath, click the up arrow to set your starting track number to 1 (means to rip track 1 from your CD). When you are done, hit Convert / Save at the bottom area to open the Convert window.

Step 3. In the new interface, select Audio - MP3 from the Profile drop-down options. (Or if you want to rip CD to FLAC, choose the corresponding profile Audio - FLAC). Then click Browse near the bottom-right side to set the destination and name for your file. Hit Save to return to the Convert window and click Start to begin the ripping process.

Note: This is to rip only track 1, if you want to rip other tracks from your CD, repeat the whole set again but change the starting position to 2, 3, 4, 5... to rip tracks one by one.

How to Rip CD to MP3 at One Go:

To rip CD audio tracks to MP3 in batches with VLC, you need to install an additional extension called Audio CD ripping helper.luac in VLC. The following are the detailed information:

Step 1. Download the extension from https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wrXFSuit3X0eo6vTXwu1Tuuemyx5rKrK. Then, put it in VLC extensions folder C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions (this location is changeable regarding where your VLC is installed)

Step 2. Insert the CD into your disc drive and open VLC. On the top menu bar, click View and select Audio CD ripping helper.

Step 3. Change Source MRL to your CD drive like cdda:///E:/. Then enter the track number (how many tracks in your CD) in the Tracks filed. Next, choose Output options: \ Profiles: to Audio CD -> mp3. (Or Audio CD -> wav if you want to convert CD to WAV). At the code below, you can change the destination path in the part "...dst="E:\Track ?.mp3"}". When all is set, click Enqueue converting tracks.

Step 4. Go back to the VLC main screen and click the View menu > Playlist (Or press Ctrl + L on the keyboard). Then double-click [Convert! START] at the top of the list, the batch audio CD to MP3 conversion will start.

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Method 2. Rip CD to MP3 with Windows Media Player (For Windows Users Only)

The second tool to help rip CD to MP3 is Windows Media Player, a built-in player on the Windows system (an ideal choice for Windows users). A bit like VLC, you can use it to do some basic conversions between videos and audios and make some basic edits like cutting videos as well. Here, we'll demonstrate to you how to copy CD to MP3 with Windows Media Player:

Step 1. Insert your CD in the disc drive. If a pop-up window appears, ignore and close it.

Step 2. Run Windows Media Player. If you can't find it on your desktop, click the Start menu at the bottom-left corner and enter Windows Media Player, then click on it to open.

Step 3. In the library of WMP, click the CD you want to rip in the left sidebar. Then click Rip settings on the menu row near the top > Format > MP3 (or WAV and Windows Media Audio). You can go over other settings in the list or just leave it as default.

Step 4. Return to the main interface and tick over the tracks you want to rip. When all is ready, click Rip CD next to Rip settings to start the CD to MP3 ripping. The ripped files will be saved in My Music folder by default.

At last...

That’s the whole process of how to convert CD to MP3 with VLC and Windows Media Player. Pick your preferred one to convert audio CD to MP3 now! Thanks for reading!

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