An MP3 player can hold thousands of songs in its internal hard-drive memory. Some personal audio devices contain a hard drive of sufficient size to store an entire media center full of compact discs. Because the MP3 format compresses music tracks, a song might occupy 5 megabytes of space. That means an MP3 player with a 60-gigabyte hard drive could hold up to 12,000 songs. Getting all those CDs on an MP3 player requires a conversion step with the help of a computer and CD software.
Load the computer with a prerecorded CD and close the media tray.
Open the software that manages the CD drive by double-clicking the name of the program. Media Player is commonly used on Windows computers.
Click the "Rip" tab at the top of the screen and select "Format."
Highlight and click "MP3" under "Format," then click the "Rip" tab again and select "Rip CD" or the name of the CD, depending on the software.
Connect an MP3 player to the computer using a USB cable and a free USB port on the computer.
Click the "Sync" tab at the top of the CD software, then select the previously ripped CD by opening the "My Music" or "Library" tab. Click on the name of the ripped CD to upload the tracks onto the MP3 player.
- Double-click the name of a ripped CD to explore individual tracks from the disc. Press and hold the "Control" key while clicking selected tracks for uploading to the MP3. That way, there is no need to upload the entire CD unless desired.
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