How to Rip Audio CD?

The logical format of an audio CD (officially Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) is described in a document produced by the format’s joint creators, Sony and Philips in 1980. The document is known colloquially as the “Red Book” after the color of its cover. The format is a two-channel 16-bit PCM encoding at a 44.1 kHz sampling rate per channel. Four-channel sound is an allowable option within the Red Book format, but has never been implemented. Monaural audio has no existing standard on a Red Book CD; mono-source material is usually presented as two identical channels on a “stereo” track.

If you have a bunch of audio CDs that you bought years ago and want to enjoy them in you music player or mobile phone, you may need to extract them from the discs to computers. SpeedBurn Disc Maker provides an audio CD ripper tool to rip tracks on music CD. Now you have a digital and portable backup of your precious albums.


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Step 1. Activate the audio CD ripper

Insert an audio CD into your disc drive and launch SpeedBurn Disc Maker. Click “Audio CD” and choose “Audio CD Grabber” to activate audio CD ripper wizard.


Activate the audio CD ripper


Step 2. Select usable burning drive

The ripper scans your system and all the available drives are displayed in the list. Select the usable disc drive from the list (the system will select it by default if there is only one). If you plug in new devices or change the disc click“Refresh” to update the device list.


Select ripping device


Step 3. Choose output folder and tracks

Click “Browse…” to select the output folder to store the ripped audio files. Then check the tracks you want to rip. All the tracks are checked by default. Of course you can uncheck any track that is not needed.


Choose output folder and tracks


Step 4. Choose output quality

Choose one of the compression types from the available templates to fulfill your needs. Our Audio CD Ripper supports saving audio tracks in WMA format as well as uncompressed WAV. Click “Next” to start ripping. Please be patient. The ripping will be complete after the process bar reaches 100% and the disc drive will eject.


Choose output quality