How to make MP3 from Music CDs

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How to make MP3 from Music CDs


Software to be used: (Mac users click here)

dbPowerAmp Reference (has ripper and encoder and tagger built in one) Supports all unprotected (DRM FREE) audio formats (Flac, WMA and Mp3)

Step 1:

Start DBpoweramp and Put in the CD. Wait for the CD to spin up and for CDDB/freeDB to get the CD Data (Artist, Album, Song Title, etc) (What to do if your ripper doesn't have any Artist, Album, Track Number (Freedb) information on your CD)

Step 2. Select which type of format you want them in. MP3, FLAC, the lossless file of choice, or whatever.

Step 3: Set up how you want your music file name to be, it is suggested:

<artist> - <album> - <number> - <title>

Step 4: hit RIP

There are countless reasons why other numbering systems fail. This is the bare information you need to keep the system in tact. You want them to be in the order of the CD because some people say "I love that song on the CD that comes after this one" If you remove the <number> you will have destroyed this. Also many of your favorite bands do different versions of the same song, so you will need the album. And of course you will need the Artists and Song title, so I don't have to argue for that one. And it just keeps them uniform and easy to find. Track first is stupid because if you have even more than 1 Cd in the same folder, it will suck to try and find a certain song because the way file systems are ascendingly and alphabetically organized, you will get thousands of song "1 - XXXXXXXXXXXX"

You will also want the numbers to be padded, like this 01, 02, 03, not 1, 2, 3. otherwise filing systems will be like this 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.