VLC is one the best free multi-platform media player. Besides playing videos, DVDs, converting videos, etc. you can also use VLC to rip audio CDs. Here we will teach you how to rip CD with VLC for free. Follow on to transform your favorite CD albums in digital format for playing with your MP3 players so that you can listen to them on the go.
First, download VLC from its official website: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. Follow the wizard to install the program and launch it.
1. Insert the CD disc you want to rip to your computer's disk drive and open VLC media player. Click "Media" on the toolbar and choose "Convert/Save" from the drop-down menu.
2. After that, you will be presented with an "Open Media" window. There are four tabs in this window. Now select "Disc" and click "Audio CD" under "Disc Selection". For "Disc device", click "Browse" to choose the source CD disc. And for "Starting Position", just hit the "up" arrow button to choose the track where you'd like to start. Eg. If you set it as 1, that means you want to rip the CD from the first song. When you finished the settings, click "Convert / Save" button to continue.
3. What goes next is the "Convert" window, where you can choose the destination folder and output audio settings. Choose "Profile" and click the tool icon to open the form window, where you can set the output audio codec, bitrate, channels and sample rate. Click "Save" to apply the settings.
4. Then you will go back to the "Convert" window. Just hit the "Start" button to converting CD to digital audio format. MP3, FLAC, WMA, WAV, etc. After the conversion, you can play the CD songs on your portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.
That's all about how to rip CD with VLC. Very easy, right? Besides ripping audio CDs, you can also rip DVD with VLC. For the detailed guide on ripping DVD, you can follow Use VLC to rip DVD.
In addition, when you want to convert audio CDs to MP3 for free, you are not only confined to VLC. Some other free media players such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc. can also rip CDs to MP3, WMA, etc. You can find the tutorial at iTunes rip CD, Windows Media Player Rip CD, Winamp Rip CD respectively.