How to Convert CDA to MP3

This ementes teaches you how to convert the files on a CD to MP3 files on a computer. CDA files are CD-only song files that cannot be played on a computer without the accompanying CD, whereas MP3 files are audio files that can be played on nearly any platform. To convert CDA files, you can use iTunes on both Windows and Mac computers, or you can use Windows Media Player on your Windows computer if it was included in your installation.

Method 1 Using iTunes

1. Insert the audio CD into your computer that you want to convert. The CD must be inserted logo-up into the CD tray.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to insert a USB CD drive.

2. Launch iTunes. The multicoloured musical note on a white background is what it is.

If iTunes automatically opens, you can skip this step.

3. Allow MP3 conversions. iTunes can convert the songs on your CD into MP3 files, but you must first enable the MP3 encoder for it to do so:

Click Edit (Windows) or iTunes (Mac)

Click Preferences…

Click Import Settings…

Click the Import Using drop-down box

Click MP3 Encoder

Click OK

Click OK to return to the page.

4. Select the CD icon. This round, disc-shaped icon can be found in the upper-left corner of the window. This brings up the CD’s page in iTunes.

If you haven’t already imported the CD into iTunes, it will start importing automatically.

5. Select the CD’s songs. Click any song in the CD list, then press either Ctrl+A (Windows) or ⌘ Command+A (Mac). This will select every single song on the CD.

6. Select File. It can be found in the upper-left corner of the window (Windows) or on the far-left side of the menu bar (Mac). A drop-down menu will be displayed.

7. Choose Convert. This option can be found near the bottom of the File drop-down menu. When you select it, a pop-out window appears.

8. Select Create MP3 Version from the drop-down menu. It can be found at the bottom of the pop-out window. The files on your CD will begin to be converted into MP3 files.

9. Allow the CD to convert. This can take up to a minute per song.

10. Remove the CD. You can eject your CD once it has finished converting. At this point, you can listen to the MP3 files by selecting the Recently Added tab in the upper-left corner of the page and then selecting the album from the CD.

11. Look through the files on your computer. All of the MP3 files from the CD will be saved in a folder on your computer. You can access this folder by performing the following steps:

To select a song, click one of the song titles.

In the upper-left corner of iTunes, select File.

To open the songs’ folder, click Show in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Show in Finder (Mac).

Method 2 Using Windows Media Player

1. Insert the audio CD into your computer that you want to convert. The CD must be inserted logo-up into the CD tray.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to insert a USB CD drive.

2. Start the programme. In the bottom-left corner of the screen, click the Windows logo.

Windows Media Player is only available on Windows computers.

3. Start up Windows Media Player. When Windows Media Player appears at the top of the Start window, type it into Start and click it.

If your computer does not have Windows Media Player, it will not appear in the Start menu. Instead, you can download and use iTunes.

4. Choose your CD. On the left side of the Windows Media Player window, click the name of your CD.

If the information on your CD isn’t retrievable by Windows Media Player, you’ll see Untitled album or something similar here.

5. Rip settings should be selected. It’s a tab at the top of Windows Media Player. This brings up a drop-down menu.

6. Click More options…. You’ll find this in the drop-down menu. A pop-up window will appear.

7. Modify the save location. To change the location of your CD’s MP3 files, perform the following steps:

On the right side of the window, click Change…

Choose a folder.

Click the OK button.

Click OK after applying the change.

8. Rip CD by clicking the button. It’s a button near the top of the Windows Media Player page. Windows Media Player will begin ripping the files from your CD.

9. Allow the CD to convert. This can take up to a minute per song.

10. Remove the CD. When your CD has finished ripping, eject it and close Windows Media Player.

11. View the MP3 files on your CD. Your CD’s MP3 files will be in the folder you specify, which will be inside a folder containing the CD’s album, which will be inside a folder containing the CD’s artist’s name.

For example, if you ripped John Denver’s Poems, Prayers & Promises to your desktop, you’d open the MP3 files’ folder by going to the desktop, double-clicking the “John Denver” folder, and then double-clicking the “Poems, Prayers & Promises” folder.

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