How do I convert my CD's to MP3's?
How do I convert existing audio files (such as WAV or AIFF) into MP3's?
While the Internet is a good source for MP3's, for many people, the primary source for their MP3 collection is from their existing music collections (audio files, CD's, and analog recordings). This is particularly true for audiophiles, who may have extensive collections of analog recordings which are no longer in print. Converting older media to digital is commonly done in order to preserve the recording, so that it can be enjoyed without risking damage to the record or tape.
Converting CD audio to MP3's is called ripping, as opposed to encoding, which refers to converting an existing audio file (such as WAV or AIFF) into the MP3 format.
Most MP3 player softaware (such as Winamp, Windows« Media and iTunes) offer the capability to rip CD audio into MP3 format, although the specific process, options and time required will vary depending on the player, your operating system and your hardware.
Encoding existing audio may be done through your player, but it often requires a separate conversion program. The support information for the player should cover file conversion if the feature is available.