How To Rip A CD With iTunes

How To Rip A CD With iTunes

You may buy most of your music online these days, but many of us still have a big collection of CDs collecting dust in the cabinet. Here’s how to import those CDs to your computer using iTunes.Putting the music from a CD on your computer – or “ripping”, as it is more popularly called, is very easy with Apple’s iTunes:

  1. First, put your CD in your computer’s CD drive and open up iTunes. It may prompt you to import the CD into your library, in which case you can hit yes and let it go.
  2. If it doesn’t prompt you, look in the left sidebar for a CD icon. Click on it, and you should see the songs on that CD in the main window. Look to the bottom left corner of the window and you should see an “Import CD” button. Click that, and the CD will begin importing your tracks.
  3. You’ll be able to watch its progress from the information pane at the top of iTunes’ window. You can also look at the main pane, where the tracks are listed, and you’ll see a green check mark next to tracks it has finished importing. The track it’s currently importing will have an orange circle next to it.
  4. When it’s done, you’ll hear iTunes chime and you’ll see check marks next to all of your songs. You can now eject your CD, head to “Library” in the left sidebar, and find your newly imported CD in your library. If you have an iPod or iPhone, the album should automatically sync to to your device when you plug your device into your computer.

That’s probably enough for most of you – those tracks will be available in your iTunes library until you decide to delete them. If you ever need to do anything with the files, though – like copy them to a USB memory stick – you can select them in iTunes and drag them out of the iTunes window and onto your desktop or memory stick. To select multiple songs, just hold down Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on a Mac) and click on the songs you want to copy – it should select all of them at once. Enjoy having your music all in one place!


  • One note. iTunes defaults to AAC format. If you are looking to keep all your tunes as MP3 go to System Preferences -> General -> Import Settings. From there select your favorite format. You can also select your bitrate (the higher the better but the bigger the file gets).

    Any music you’ve purchased via iTunes is AAC encoded (m4a) at 256kbps.

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