Instructions on copying/ripping your audio file off a CD using Windows Media Player

If your audio file (meeting, lecture, seminar, story recording, personal recording, etc.) is on a CD, sometimes you cannot find the file on the CD because it was made to be played in a CD player. If this is the case, you may need to "rip" your audio recording off the CD to make a computer file, from which we will make your transcript. (Definition of "ripping" from Wikipedia.) Here are some instructions for using Windows Media Player (WMP) to "rip" your audio off the CD. Your version of WMP may look different than the one shown below, but the functionality for ripping should be available somewhere in your version.

First, put the CD in your computer's CD drive. Usually, if the CD contains an audio auto-playing file, your computer will start up Windows Media Player and immediately start playing the audio recording. If it does not automatically play, use Windows Explorer to look at the contents of the CD. You might find a single small file like "Track01.cda". If so, just double-click the filename and WMP should start up, and start to play the recording.

If you don't want to listen to the recording, just click the pause button to stop the sound.

First, you'll need to set the rip settings. Set the format; we prefer MP3.

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Set the bit rate to be the best quality.

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Make sure you know where the output file will be put on your computer. Change the setting if you don't like where WMP is planning on putting your output file.

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Now click the big "Rip" button to start the ripping process.

Your file should take a little while to rip, but WMP will show you a progress bar. When it is finished (when the bar reaches 100%), then your file should be ready. Send that MP3 file to us.

If you tried ripping it once already, and you don't like the results or you need to change the settings and do it again, you will probably need to remove this recording from your WMP "library" before you can re-rip it. Here's how to remove it from the library so you can re-rip the CD.

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Now that your file is ripped off the CD, send that file by email.