How to rip an audio CD with Windows Media Player

Updated: 01/31/2019 by Computer Hope
The Windows Media Player logo.

Here's how Microsoft Windows users can utilize Windows Media Player to rip (copy) audio CDs to their computer. The steps below are for users who are running Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 10 higher. If you are unsure which version is on your computer, we have a page that can help you determine it.

Windows Media Player version 12

  1. Open the Windows Media Player.
Tip

To quickly open Windows Media Player, press the Windows key, type WMP, and then press Enter.

  1. Insert the audio CD you want to rip.
  2. Near the top of the window, on the left side, click the Rip CD button.

The Rip CD button in Windows Media Player.

Tip

If you only want specific songs, uncheck the boxes next to those that you don't.

Windows Media Player version 10 and 11

  1. Open the Windows Media Player.
Tip

To quickly open Windows Media Player, press the Windows key, type WMP, and then press Enter.

  1. Insert the audio CD you want to rip.
  2. Check the boxes next to the songs you'd like to rip. If you want the entire CD, you can click the "check all" box above the track listing so that every song is selected.

The option to check all songs in Windows Media Player.

  1. Locate your CD in the menu on the left side of the window.

The selector for a CD in Windows Media Player

  1. Right-click the CD and select Rip CD to library from the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector that allows users to rip a CD to their Windows Media Player library.

CD ripping tips

  • Internet connection - If you want Windows Media Player to automatically fill in the CD name, the artist who created it, and the names of the tracks, you must be online. Although not every CD will be listed in the CDDB, this feature can still save you a lot of time as opposed to entering the information manually.
  • Automatically rip - Windows Media Player has the option to rip audio CDs automatically when you insert them. Choosing this option can save you some time when you are ripping multiple CDs.