Can I record music from CDs for my MP3 Player?
Yes, if you have a CD collection and would like to convert songs from your CDs into MP3 files, you can use ripper and encoder software to convert your favorite songs. A ripper copies the song's file from the CD onto your hard disk. The encoder compresses the song into the MP3 format. By encoding songs you can play them on your computer or take them with you on your MP3 player. The ripper and encoder software may come with your MP3 player.
AudioCatalyst is a popular ripper/encoder that you can use to do the job. This page from MP3.com contains an extensive list of other rippers and encoders.
To convert your CD songs into MP3 format, you will need:
- a computer
- a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, or CD-RW drive (internal or external)
- ripper/encoder software
The specific instructions will vary with the individual software programs, but the following steps will definitely take place:
- Place the CD from which you want to convert songs into your drive.
- Select the track(s) that you want to convert to MP3 format.
- Convert the selected track(s).
- Copy the new MP3 files onto your computer's hard disk.
Now, you are ready to download these files into your portable MP3 player.