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Chapter 11. Play It Loud: Upgrading for ... > Application #3: Ripping Music from a...

Application #3: Ripping Music from a CD

If you have a decent compact disc collection and a CD-ROM drive in your computer system, you can make your own MP3 or WMA files from the songs on your CDs. You can then listen to these files on your computer, download the files to a portable audio player for listening on the go, share them with other users via a file-swapping service, or use these files to burn your own custom mix CDs.

This process of copying files from a CD to your hard disk, in either MP3 or WMA format, is called ripping. You use an audio encoding program to rip your files; most of the major digital media players, such as Windows Media Player and MusicMatch Jukebox, also function as audio encoders.


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