Learn how to rip audio CD contents as a music file to your computer with VLC Media Player. However, the extracted file can only be listened to on this software.
Part 1 of 2: Install VLC
Step 1. Go to the VLC Media Player download site
Type http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html in the address bar of your browser, or click on the link provided.
Step 2. Click Download VLC
It's the orange button at the top right of the download page. Click on it to download VLC to your computer (you may need to select a backup folder first depending on your browser settings).
- The VLC download site will automatically detect your operating system (Mac or Windows). If not, click on the ▼ to the right of the button Download VLC and select your operating system.
Step 3. Double-click on the VLC installer file
This is the white and orange traffic cone icon in the default downloads folder on your computer (eg desktop). On a Mac, you will need to open the VLC download folder instead.
You can find the VLC installation file by typing "vlc" in the Start menu (on Windows) or in Spotlight (on Mac)
Step 4. Install VLC Media Player
- On windows: click on Following at the bottom right of the window until the installation of VLC begins. Click on To end at the end of the process.
- On Mac: Drag the VLC Media Player icon to the "Applications" folder.
Step 5. Insert your CD into the computer
Usually, the process involves pressing a button on or below the CD player, placing the disc on the tray, and closing the player.
Newer laptops and Macs don't have a built-in CD player, but you can find external CD players for under $ 100
Step 6. Open VLC Media Player
Double-click the traffic cone icon. Once VLC is opened, you will be able to start ripping the contents of the audio CD.
Part 2 of 2: rip music
Step 1. Click Media
This tab is located at the top left of the VLC window. A drop-down menu will appear.
Step 2. Click Convert / Save
This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu and displays a pop-up window.
Step 3. Click the Disk tab
You'll find it at the top of the pop-up window.
Step 4. Select Audio CD
This option is at the top of the window and ensures that the audio ripping process is suitable for the contents of an audio CD.
Step 5. Click Convert / Save
This button is at the bottom of the pop-up window.
Step 6. Click the Profile box
It is to the right of the header Profile on the pop-up window and display a drop-down menu.
Step 7. Scroll down and click Audio - MP3
This option will allow you to save the content ripped from your CD in MP3 format which is a popular audio file type.
- Even if you can't listen to the ripped audio file with iTunes or Groove, you can burn it to CD if you want.
- You can also click Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4) to save the audio file in VLC format, which will allow you to listen to it with VLC as long as it is your default video player.
Step 8. Click Browse
This option is at the bottom of the pop-up window. You will be able to select the save folder for your audio file.
Step 9. Select a backup folder
In the left side panel, click on the folder where you want to save your file.
Step 10. Type a file name and click Save
Your audio file will be saved in this folder.
Step 11. Click Start
This option is at the bottom of the window. The extraction process will begin and should only take a few seconds. VLC will start playing the CD after ripping is complete.