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You can use Windows Media Player 7 to copy music files (tracks) from an audio CD to your hard disk, and you can listen to your CD while you are copying the music files. This article describes how to copy audio files from an audio CD to your hard disk for use with Windows Media Player 7, and includes the following topics:
The speed of your CD-ROM and the quality of your source audio CD may affect the quality of the files you copy. Because of these variables, you may not obtain an exact copy of the music even though you are copying digital information from an audio CD. Some minor flaws that you may notice are faint scratches or pops in the audio playback. This behavior is normal and is caused by the way your CD-ROM reads information from an audio CD. Although Windows Media Player tries to correct defects in the copied music, you may still notice minor flaws in the copied music.
IMPORTANT: By default, the tracks that you copy from an audio CD have associated licenses. The license enables you to play the tracks on the computer you used to copy the tracks and on supported portable devices. If you reinstall or upgrade the operating system, your licenses could be lost. Because of the importance of these licenses, you should back up your licenses periodically. For additional information about how to back up and restore licenses, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265473/EN-US/ )How to Back Up and Restore Media Player License Files
How to Copy an Audio CDTo copy an audio CD:
How to Listen to a CD While You Copy Music TracksIf you want to listen to an audio CD while you are copying tracks, digital copying must be enabled or your computer will use analog recording, and you will not be able to listen to your CD during the copy process. Note that you may not be able to listen to your CD while you are copying tracks if you are using digital speakers. Also, limitations of your CD-ROM may prevent you from listening to CD audio while you are copying tracks. To enable digital copying so that you can listen to a CD while you are recording music:
How to Choose a Folder for Music StorageBy default, all of the tracks you select for copying are copied to the "My Documents\My Music" folder and are listed in the Media Library. If you decide to copy a large amount of tracks to your computer, it may be useful to change the location of the folder you use for music storage to a drive that has a large amount of free disk space. To determine where your music is stored or to choose a different folder for music storage: