Posted: Sep 15, 2009 11:11 pm
Hopefully this is in plain English, its not as complicated as it seems. really!
In 10 easy steps:
1. Insert the CD and close iTunes if it opens automatically
2. Open up Windows Media Player (WMP)
3. In WMP, go to the Rip tab
4. Change/confirm rip settings:
(In my version of WMP there's a little arrow thingy leading to a menu on the highlighted Rip tab, on older versions you may have to go to the Tools > Options menu and select the Rip tab there)
- for Format select 'mp3'
- for Bit Rate select 192 Kbps
(Bit Rate is a personal preference - quality vs. file size)
5. Hit the 'Start Rip' button
6. WMP will by default put the mp3s into your 'My Music' folder, when its all done go there and find them.
(this puts all the mp3s into a nice little package easier to share on the internet)
7. You may already have ZIP capabilities depending on your version of Windows, if not google and download Winzip or WinRAR or 7zip or something and install (you can check if you already have the capability by seeing if you can complete the next step). I use WinRAR.
8. Select all the mp3s for the CD and right-click, there should be an option that says something similar to 'Add to archive...' or 'Create ZIP archive' or somethin.
9. The next steps will differ depending on what program is doing the zipping, but it should be straightforward. In WinRAR I just enter the ZIP filename, select the ZIP format and that's it. By default the ZIP you create will probably be sitting in the same My Music folder.
Now you upload the ZIP file to the internet somewhere where you can send your friends to download it.
I have a friend who sends me records as ZIPs using YouSendIt.com, but there's lots of file-sharing sites out there. Basically all you do is go to a file-share site and fill out their upload form and at the end they'll tell you the link to send people to. I don't really use any myself so I don't have any recommendations, but I'm sure others here can point you in a good direction.