How to Play a CD on a Desktop Computer

This emindsca teaches how to play audio CDs on Windows and Mac computers.

Part 1 Playing a CD in Windows

1. Eject your disc drive by pressing the Eject button. This is usually found on the bottom-right corner of the disc drive’s front plate.

2. Place the disc in the tray label-side up.

3. Close the tray by pushing it or pressing the Eject button once more. Unless it’s a spring-loaded notebook drive, the tray’s motor will usually handle the closing.

4. Select what happens with audio CDs by clicking the Select button. If you don’t see this notification, it means you’ve already decided what to do when an audio CD is inserted.

You can change the programme that opens automatically when a CD is inserted using the Control Panel.

5. Click the Play audio CD button. The programme that will play the CD will be displayed beneath. You’ll see a list of programmes that can play audio CDs if you have more than one installed. Windows Media Player is the default programme that comes with all versions of Windows.

6. If AutoPlay does not appear, launch Windows Media Player. If nothing happens when you insert your disc, you can manually launch Windows Media Player.

Enter “windows media player” into the Win key.

In the list, select Windows Media Player.

7. In the left menu, double-click your audio CD. The CD will start playing, and all of the tracks will appear in the centre of the window.

8. In Windows Media Player, drag the volume slider. The volume of the CD will be adjusted as it plays. Please keep in mind that this volume slider is independent of your system volume. Before adjusting the Windows Media Player volume, make sure your system volume is loud enough to hear.

Part 2 Adjusting Windows AutoPlay Settings

1. Navigate to the Control Panel. For Windows 10 and 8, the procedure is slightly different than for Windows 7 and earlier:

Windows 10 and 8 users should right-click the Start button and choose “Control Panel.”

Windows 7 and earlier: Click the Start button and then choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu.

2. Select AutoPlay from the drop-down menu. If you don’t see this option, select “Large icons” or “Small icons” from the “View by” menu in the upper-right corner.

3. Scroll down to the CDs section.

4. Click the Audio CD drop-down menu.

5. Click the action you want to take when an audio CD is inserted.

6. Click the Enhanced audio CD drop-down menu.

7. Click the action you want to take for enhanced audio CDs.

8. Save your work by clicking the Save button. The actions you specify will become the computer’s new default actions when an audio CD is inserted.

Part 3 Playing a CD on a Mac

1. Insert the disc into the disc drive on your Mac. As you insert the disc, make sure the label is facing up.

Most Mac laptop computers have a disc slot, and some Mac desktop computers have a slide-out tray.

2. Click the iTunes button in your Dock if it doesn’t open automatically.

3. Click the CD button. You’ll see this along the top row of buttons in iTunes.

4. Click the Play button. The CD will begin playing.

5. To change the volume, drag the Volume slider. The volume slider is located at the top of the window, next to the playback controls.

The volume slider in iTunes is separate from the volume slider in the system. If your system volume is completely turned down, adjusting the iTunes volume will have no effect.

6. Eject the disc when you’re done. There are several ways to eject the disc on a Mac:

Press the Eject button on your keyboard.

Press ⌘ Command+E.

Click your desktop, then click File → Eject.

Drag the CD icon on your desktop into the Trash. This will only work if icons for discs are visible on the desktop.

7. If the CD automatically ejects, update iTunes. Some users of older versions of iTunes have reported that audio CDs automatically eject, despite the fact that other discs work. This issue is typically resolved by updating to the most recent version of iTunes.

Part 4 Adjusting Your Mac’s CD Defaults

1. Click the Apple menu.

2. Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu. Click the Show All button at the top of the window if you don’t see all of the System Preferences options.

3. Click CDs & DVDs. You’ll see this in the second section of the System Preferences menu.

4. Click the When you insert a music CD menu.

5. Select the action you want to take by clicking it. Select “Open iTunes” if you want the CD to start playing right away in iTunes.

6. Launch iTunes. You can now specify a more specific action for iTunes to take when an audio CD is inserted if you have iTunes set to open when an audio CD is inserted.

7. Click the iTunes menu.

8. Click Preferences.

9. Click the When you insert a CD menu.

10. When a CD is inserted, select the action you want to take. You can start playing the music, import the songs to your library, or view the CD’s contents.

11. Click OK. Audio CDs will now automatically play in iTunes when they are inserted.

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