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Winamp Rip - How to Rip CD with Winamp

Winamp is a powerful free media player for Windows and Android. It can play lots of video and audio format, such as MP3, MIDI, MOD, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV, WMA, WMV, AVI, etc. You can also sync the unprotected to your iPod and other portable devices. If you have a music CD and want to play the songs on your iPod, you can use Winamp to rip the CD and then transfer the ripped songs to iPod for playback. In the below guide, you will find how to rip CD with Winamp.

How to rip CD with Winamp

First, install and download Winamp and the best codecs to work with Winamp, such as the K-Lite Codec Pack. Insert the music CD into your computer's hard drive and run Winamp.

1. Click "View" > "Media Library" to open Winamp Media Library. On the left bar, you will see "Audio CD (E:)". Click on it and you will see all the songs on the CD displayed on the primary window of Winamp. Then click the "Rip" button at the bottom of the window and choose "CD ripping preferences" to set the output file settings.

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2. Go to the "output file settings" tab to choose the destination folder to save the ripped tracks and set the filename. And in the "Encoder" tab, select the codec you want to use when ripping. You can either choose MP3 or MP4, which are supported by most MP3 players. If you want to play the tracks on your computer, you can choose OGG, which provides the best sound quality.

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3. Now click the "Rip" button again. You have two choices for CD ripping: Rip all tracks and rip selected tracks. If you just want to rip a few tracks, you can click on them (Hold down the Ctrl key and click one multiple songs.) and then click "Rip" and choose "Rip selected tracks" to rip the selected songs.

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Winamp will show you the ripping process with the status updated every second. The finished songs will be labeled as "Complete" and pending tracks will be labeled as Pending. After Winamp finished the CD ripping process, it will show you the track list. You can just find the songs in your defined output folder.


1. In this way, you have ripped CDs to MP3 songs with Winamp. You can also rip CD to MP3 with iTunes or WindowsMedia Player. For the detailed guide, please refer to Rip CD with iTunes or Rip CD with Windows Media Player.

2. You can rip CD with some free media players. However, you cannot rip DVD video with them. If you want to rip DVD movies to popular video formats like AVI, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, etc. or audio formats such as MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, etc., you can turn to Aimersoft DVD ripper software for Windows (Windows 8 compatible).

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