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Creating MP3 files

You want the following specs no matter what program you use:

  • File type: mp3
  • Bit rate: 192 kbps or 256 kbps
  • Be sure your embedded tags include your artist name and song title
  • Remove track number from file name

Windows Media Player

Put CD into drive

click on the “Rip” tab

WMP should automatically detect and scan it.

Media Player should then query an online CD information database to figure out album and track information. If it doesn’t find anything, it will ask you for track names and artist name. Be sure it is correct – it will encode the mp3 file with this info.

Change the settings before ripping:

  • Right click on the “Rip” tab. Select MORE OPTIONS
  • click on the Rip Music tab

Here you can change where the file is saved to.

Rip Settings

  • Format: MP3
  • Audio Quality: either 192 or 256 kbps

Click OK

click on Rip Music

I recommend you play each file to be sure it ripped properly.

Also, you might want to rename it to remove the track number that media player often inserts.

Here’s a YouTube video that’s pretty good:


I’m not a mac person, so I’ll let this guy tell you. Remember, 192 or 256 kbps, MP3 format.

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