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Chapter 11. Managing Music (and More) wi... > Managing a Digital Music Collection

Managing a Digital Music Collection

Using Windows Media Player to play your CD collection is all well and good, but it requires that you keep your CD collection close at hand, and it doesn’t give you the freedom to play disc jockey. If you want to play two tracks from one CD, another three tracks from a different CD, and two more tracks from yet another CD, you can spend more time flipping CDs and clicking track titles than actually listening to the music. Fortunately, you have an alternative: Use Windows Media Player to copy tracks from your CD collection and store them in digital format on your disk drive, where you can listen to them any time in any order.

Copying CDs

Using Windows Media Player, you can copy tracks from a music CD and store them on your hard disk—a process sometimes referred to as “ripping” tracks to disk. Later, you can listen to the saved tracks, download them to a portable music player, or create a custom playlist and burn your own CD. To copy one or more CD tracks to your hard disk, insert the music CD into your computer’s CD drive and then choose Copy From CD on the taskbar in Windows Media Player.


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