How to Rip CD Music with VLC Media Payer (Single & Batch)

Last Updated: December 21st, 2023By Categories: Rip CD

VLC media player is an open-source, cross-platform, and free multimedia player, you can play almost all types of multimedia files with it including DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and many other video formats. VLC is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Ubuntu, Chrome OS, and even Debian GNU/Linux.

Besides playing multimedia, we can also apply VLC to rip audio CD songs to MP3 or WAV. In this article, I will show detailed steps to rip CD with VLC to digital audio formats, so that you can enjoy your favorite CDs on your computer or phone.

Rip CD with VLC Media Player

Step 1

First, you have to get your CD put into your PC disc drive. While your PC is detecting the CD, you can create a new folder on the desktop named whatever you like.

Step 2

Open This PC and you will see the CD is listed under your drives. Right-click the CD and select Play with -> VLC media player.

Open File With VLC

Then on the interface of VLC Media Player, the first thing you should do is go to the Media option on the left of the top menu bar. Then, go to Convert/Save. On the pop-up Open Media window, select the Disc tab under which you will check Audio CD and set up the Starting Position by entering a number. Click Convert/Save.

Set Up Conversion Parameters

Step 3

In the Convert window, you can set the output file formats with other parameters like codec, bitrate, channels, and sample rate. You can set it to rip CD to MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and more. The settings are totally up to you, so I won’t give any suggestions here, you can just set it up according to your needs.

Start to Convert on VLC

Step 4

Then specify the destination folder, I will set the location as the folder I created on my desktop. Click Start. You will see the play bar move which means VLC is ripping your CDs to your PC. You will have the selected track ripped to the folder you set, in other words, if you want to rip all tracks from the CD, you have to do it one by one.

How to Batch Rip a CD with VLC

To rip CD tracks one by one is exhausting, so, I am showing you how to rip CDs in batch, so that, you can save time by repeating the operation mentioned above again and again.

In the method, we will create a bat file to run the ripping automatically. Here are the steps:

Step 1

Create a new txt file on your PC (Windows only).

Step 2

Follow the annotations to edit the codes as below and copy codes into the txt file and save the file as a .bat file.

Copy to Clipboard

Step 3

Run the .bat file on your computer (If you are on Windows 10, you have to run it as Admin). You will have the CD ripped in at a super-fast speed.

Tip

Is it complicated to rip a CD with a VLC Media Player? Try to rip your CD with UniConverter.

UniConverter is a one-station tool for all your multimedia solutions. It can gracefully handle video codec conversion, video editions, video downloading, DVD/CD burning, video transferring, and even more.

What format should I rip my CDs?

There are 4 output audio formats on VLC when you plan to rip a CD with VLC.

Apart from the common MP3 and CD formats, you will find two unfamiliar ones: FLAC and OGG. As someone who may have yet to learn what they are and how they differ, you may have trouble selecting an output format for your CD ripping on VLC.

Here, we will try to unveil the pros and cons of these 4 audio formats. And hopefully, you will find out the best format for your CD audio.

MP3

This is the most popular and widely used audio format. Considering compatibility, MP3 is the king. You can play and save an MP3 file on almost all player and storage hardware like an MP3 player, phone, tablet, computer, USB stick, and others.

As for the audio quality of an MP3 file, it’s lossy. It’s not a lossless audio format so some quality decrease will happen once VLC finishes ripping your CD. However, since the MP3 encoder will not largely downgrade the audio, most people cannot tell if there’s any difference between the CD audio and the ripped MP3 file.

FLAC

Full as Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC is the most popular lossless audio encoding format for manufacturers of hardware and music fans.

Since it’s the first lossless audio format that’s free and open source, many music producers will apply this format for music production and publishing. Hardware manufacturers will surely add the relative codec and source codes to the devices. And the result is? FLAC is the most compatible audio lossless format that can play only almost all devices.

Besides, FLAC is a compression format which means the output file size will be smaller than the original CD content. This is good for storage and transfer, it won’t take up so much space on your phone or computer.

OGG

Only a few of you may heard about this OGG format. This is a free and open-source container format that supports multimedia. Besides the audio data, an OGG file may also be compressed with video, text, and metadata. In this case, this audio format is less compatible to play on devices. You need to install an eligible media player to stream OGG music on phones or computers.

Be aware that OGG is not a lossless format, it will compress the source data into one output. The quality of the audio will drop slightly and only fewer people will notice the decrease.

CD

This is not recommended for CD ripping with VLC. You can convert other digital files into CD format and then burn the output files to a CD. While the source files are from a CD, this option is never a wise choice.

FAQs

FLAC is for sure a good choice to rip a CD. It will convert the music from the CD without any quality loss. You can still enjoy the original songs. By the way, many devices can play this format and you don’t have to download a specific FLAC player most of the time.

So, if you fancy a ripping that causes no quality decrease and also want to play the music on phones, computers, or other devices, FLAC is an excellent choice.

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