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Ripping CDs

Possibly the safest and most rewarding way to get audio into your Media Center PC (so you can enjoy it using the My Music interface) is to import music directly from your personal CD collection. This copying process, commonly called ripping, is perfectly legal as long as you do not share the resulting files with others who have not paid for the content.

One of the things that has contributed to the abuse of sharing CDs is how very easy it is to rip them. Simply insert an audio CD into your Media Center machine and watch what happens. If you are in the Windows XP desktop, a pop-up screen will appear with a list of options (see Figure 13.5). The first item on the list is Copy Music from CD Using Windows Media Player.


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