How to Copy Music from CD to USB

This emindsca shows you how to use your computer to transfer or copy music from a CD to a USB flash drive.

Method 1 Using a Windows PC

1. Put the CD in your computer. Insert the CD into the CD drive slot. To open the drive, you may need to press a button on the side.

Use an external drive if your computer lacks a disc drive. You might have to buy one separately. You can connect it to your computer’s USB port.

2. Start up Windows Media Player. Click the search or the windows icon in the start menu and type “Windows Media Player” to find it.

You can also use iTunes if you prefer.

3. Select More options from the Rip settings menu…. This is located in the upper right corner.

4. Choose a location for the music to be saved. Change the location on your computer by clicking Change in the “Rip Music” tab.

5. Modify the format. Select a format from the drop-down menu under “Format” in the “Rip Music” tab.

If you’re not sure which format to use, go with MP3. This is done to ensure the best possible compatibility between music players.

6. Click OK. This saves the settings.

7. Rip CD by clicking the button. This is located in the upper right corner. When finished, the music will automatically begin ripping and save to the folder you specify.

8. Insert the USB drive into your computer. Place the drive into a USB port.

9. Open File Explorer. Hold ⊞ Win+E to open File Explorer, or look for the folder icon on your desktop or taskbar.

10. Click on the folder where you want to save the ripped music. If you can’t remember where you put the folder, use the search bar at the top to find it.

11. Choose the music you want to duplicate. Select the file or folder by clicking on it.

Hold down Ctrl while clicking each file or folder to select multiple files or folders.

12. Hit Ctrl+C. This copies the files.

Alternatively, you can right-click on one of the selected files or folders and select Copy.

If you wish to move the music over to the USB and take it off the CD, hold Ctrl+X instead, or select Cut instead of Copy.

13. To open, click the USB drive folder in the left panel. Look for the drive with the USB icon, which resembles a three-pronged fork.

14. Hit Ctrl+V. This pastes the files into the USB drive’s folders.

Alternatively, you can right-click in the window and choose Paste.

If you want to put the music in a specific folder, open it first by double-clicking on it, then paste the files in.

Method 2 Using a Mac

1. Put the CD in your computer. Insert the CD into the CD drive slot.

Use an external drive if your computer lacks a disc drive. You might have to buy one separately. You can connect it to your computer’s USB port.

2. Open iTunes. Look for the icon on your desktop, which looks like a musical note.

3. Click on the CD icon and select Import CD. This can be found near the top of the window.

4. Modify the format. Select a format from the drop-down menu under “Format” in the “Rip Music” tab.

If you’re not sure which format to use, go with MP3. This is done to ensure the best possible compatibility between music players.

5. Click OK. This will start ripping the CD.

6. Navigate to the album’s location in your iTunes library. Click Albums on the left, then on the album.

7. Click on a song and click File. This is in the top left.

8. Select Show in Finder. This will open the album in Finder.

9. Insert the USB drive into your computer. Place the drive into a USB port.

10. Select the music you wish to copy. Click on the file or folder while still in Finder.

  • To select multiple files or folders, hold ⌘ Command while clicking each file or folder.

11. Hit ⌘ Command+C. This copies the files.

  • Alternatively, you can click Edit when a file or folder is highlighted select Copy.
  • If you wish to move the music over to the USB and take it off the CD, hold ⌘ Command+X instead, or select Cut instead of Copy.

12. On your desktop, double-click the USB drive icon. This opens the folder window for the USB drive.

13. Hit ⌘ Command+V. This pastes the files into the USB drive’s folders.

  • Alternatively, click Edit then select Paste.

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