Ripping Audio CDs
Keywords / Key Phrases: ripping cd, rip cd, rip music cd, rip audio cd

Summary:

  • To transfer music files onto a Creative MP3 player, the music has to be in a supported file format. One way to create audio files is to "rip" music from your own music CDs. There are a number of programs that can do this, for example, Creative MediaSource, Windows Media Player or WinAmp etc.

Checklist (what you need) before starting to rip a cd:

Ripping with Creative MediaSource Organizer:

  1. Click on Start, (All) Programs, Creative, and then open Creative MediaSource. You should be in Organizer view. If it is in the Player view, click on the Player/Organizer View arrow to switch it to Organizer View.
  2. Insert a music CD into your CD-ROM drive. Creative MediaSource will automatically refresh and list Audio CD and its drive letter under the Sources pane. If your PC is connected to the Internet, it will download CD information from an online database.
  3. You can also manually retrieve CDDB information about the audio CD, to do so click the Get Info tab.

    Note: you may need to register (free registration) with CDDB to access the information. To do so, click Tools - Settings and select the tab called Audio CD/Rip. Under Music Information Provider, there is a Register button.

    When there is no information found, it will display Unknown next to Album, Artist, and Genre, and list track titles as Track01, Track02 etc instead of the actual titles.

    When CDDB locates any information about the audio CD, it will fill out the appropriate fields (Album, Artists, Genre, Track Title, Year, Duration etc).

  4. You can edit the track information if necessary. To do so, right click on a track, and select Properties.
  5. You can change settings for ripping such as audio quality and file naming conventions. To do so, click on Tools, Settings and then click on Audio CD/Rip.
  6. If you receive an error about Open Socket Fail, please check your proxy settings. If you are not using a proxy server, make sure these settings are not set up as if you do.

  7. When you are ready to rip the music CD, select the tracks that you want to rip, and then click on the Rip tab in the menu bar.
  8. When the ripping process starts, it will display a progress window.
  9. Once it is completed, close the Now Transferring window.
  10. Repeat the process to rip additional music CDs.

Ripping with Creative Centrale:

  1. Insert a DVD or CD into your computer's DVD/CD drive.
  2. On the Task toolbar, click the Rip button.
  3. On the next screen, edit the information or settings.
    You can click the Addbutton to insert an image as album/cover art.
  4. When you have finished, click the Start Rip button.

Ripping with Creative Media Lite:

  1. Launch the Creative Media Lite from your programs
  2. Insert an Audio CD into ur CD/DVD Rom drive
  3. Click Rip

  4. Edit any settings you may want such as the song titles, genre name etc. Once you are done, click Start Rip

  5. The ripping process will start and the status window will be displayed as below:

Ripping with Windows Media Player 10:

  1. Click on Start, (All) Programs, and then double click on Windows Media Player 10.
  2. Insert a music CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  3. Click on the Rip tab
  4. If this is the first time you are ripping the music CD, all songs will be selected (checked).

    If your PC is connected to the Internet, it will download CD information from an online database about your audio CD.

    If your PC is not connected to the Internet, or if it can not find any relevant information in its online database about the audio CD being ripped, it will label album, artists, or genre as "Unknown", for example, "Unknown", for example, "Unknown Artist".

  5. If there are any songs that you do not want to rip, clear the check box next to the song, and check the songs that you want to rip.
  6. Click on the Rip Music tab
  7. .

  8. If this is the first time that you are using Windows Media Player 10 to rip a music CD, you will be prompted about your preferences about "copy protection" (DRM) and file format
  9. Select "Do not add copy protection to your music", so that the songs that you copy to your computer can be played on your portable music player.

  10. Read the copyright agreement, select the check box if you agree, and then click Next.
  11. Select "Keep my current format settings. This default option enables you to use the Windows Media Audio format for your music files, which optimizes the balance between file size and sound quality.
  12. Click Finish.
  13. Windows Media Player 10 will begin to rip your songs, and will display a progress window.

    To transfer music tracks to a portable player, please refer to Transferring music tracks to a portable MP3 player

Ripping with Windows Media Player 11:

  1. Click on Start, (All) Programs, and then double click on Windows Media Player 11
  2. Insert a music CD into your CD-ROM drive
  3. Click on the Rip tab
  4. If this is the first time you are ripping the music CD, all songs will be selected (checked)

  5. If your PC is connected to the Internet, it will download CD information from an online database about your audio CD
  6. If your PC is not connected to the Internet, or if it can not find any relevant information in its online database about the audio CD being ripped, it will label album, artists, or genre as "Unknown", for example, "Unknown", for example, "Unknown Artist".
  7. If there are any songs that you do not want to rip, clear the check box next to the song, and check the songs that you want to rip.

  8. Click the Start Rip Button

  9. Windows Media Player 11 will now start to rip the songs which you have selected

Further Suggestions

SID 6598 - Transferring music tracks to a portable MP3 player
Last updated: June 5th, 2009