If you want to organize the music you have on CDs or on your computer into one folder so that you can quickly find what you want to listen to, you must make a music library. Your library can have music that's already on your hard drive, as well as music that you "rip" from your CDs. You can add music you download from online music stores to your library, as well. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to create your own music library.
The first step to creating a music library on your computer is transferring the music onto your computer. Here are two ways to transfer music onto your computer.
- Rip CDs Windows Media Player 11 can convert any CD into a high-quality MP3 file or WMA file. Just put a music CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive. Open Windows Media Player, and select Rip at the top of the screen. In a few minutes a copy of the CD's music will be saved on your computer.
- Download music You can purchase songs you like over the Internet, and download them onto your computer. The advantage of buying music this way is that you don't have to buy the entire album if all you want are a few songs [source: Microsoft].
When transferring your music onto your computer, be sure to save it in Windows Media Player. Your music will automatically be saved alphabetically in a music library. Here's how to listen to music from your library:
- Open Windows Media Player.
- Select Library from the toolbar at the top of the screen. All your music will be listed in alphabetical order on the left side of the screen.
- Double click on the song you want to listen to, and it will start playing [source: Saltzman].