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    Default Ripping CD's and converting to MP3's with minimal effort...

    Hi all

    I want to convert an audio CD into MP3 format and save it on a USB drive.

    Windows Media Player 10 says I can't do it because I don't have a compatable MP3 encoder/decoder on my system. It gives me options as to what program to download...But of course.. being Microsoft... you have to pay...

    Does anyone know of a really good, easy to use FREE MP3 encoder/decoder?

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    I hear good things about Audacity. It's open source & free. Not sure if it will do exactly as you need though.

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features

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    There are 1,567 CD rippers out there in cyberland.
    Many are free and do the job.
    CDex is free, does the job well. http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdexos/
    As for copying to a flash drive simply copy the mp3 files over to it. I hope you mean a flash drive when you say a USB drive.
    Ipod and other players may need some form of file conversion.
    Anyhow if it is one of those flash/usb/pen drives then just copy them over like you would moving them around a hard drive.
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    Thanks.

    I've downloaded CDex before. I couldn't for the live of me figure out how to use it. So I got frustrated and killed it. The help files didn't help much either.

    I am really looking for a program in a 'Wizard' type format. One that's idiot proof. All I want to do is convert CD tracks into MP3 files to store on my PC or Flash Drive etc.

    I'll try CDex again after I've had a few drinks...I'll give it another shot. It's not exactly what I would call user friendly (to someone who has never 'ripped' anything before.


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    with cdex...
    - start the program
    - throw in your audio cd
    - on the menu click cddb, select submit to remote cddb to get the song/album information added to the files
    - select the tracks you wish to rip
    - on the far right there are buttons going down the screen. The second one down says "extract cd tracks to compressed audio files" otherwise known as mp3 click that button
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    I used to use MusicMatch Jukebox to play my music, etc, and that had an intergrated music Ripper and Burner. Only thing is that the free version has restricted ripping/burning speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osc
    Thanks for this tutorial. Ill run throughit & let you know how I went.

    Cheers

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    Thank you all but CDex just isn't for me... I found one called Audiograbber www.audiograbber.com-us.net/ It's more intuitive & easy to use.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Media Monkey is another good one and fairly easy to use.

    http://www.mediamonkey.com/

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