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How to Convert an Audio CD to MP3 at ZERO Cost
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This article is a tutorial that explains how to convert an audio CD to high quality MP3 files at no cost using Audio Grabber, a free CD ripper.

Mp3 files are the de facto standard of music players including iPod music players, Nokia phones and all digital players. In addition, MP3 files can not be protected by Digital Rights Management.

Windows Media Player 9 offers the option to convert to MP3 at a cost. Windows Media Player 10 allows it at no cost - but with not much customization.


Proceed at your own risk! The information here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will not be held responsible if this document causes your computer to explode or burst into flames. In real serious terms, if any corruption of data, hardware damage or any other kind of damage/losses/etc. arises from the use of this document, I will not be responsible for it. If you don't like this, please don't read any further.


First, head to and download Audio Grabber Audiograbber 1.83 (as of July 2010).

Download Audio Grabber

You will also need the Lame Encoder for higher quality MP3 encoding. Click the link in the same page labelled MP3 Plugin and download the plugin labelled "MP3 plug‍in - download now! (version 3.98.4 - freeware)".

You should end up with two files (depending on where you saved them).

  1. agsetup.exe
  2. ag_mp3_plugin_setup.exe

Let's install the main application first. Double-click the AGSETUP.EXE and follow default prompts.

You should see the Audiograbber link in your desktop after your installation. We're not done yet.

Now, before we launch the program, we need to install the Lame Encoder plug-in. This is as simple as double-clicking the ag_mp3_plugin_setup.exe you downloaded just now and installing it. NOTE: The latest version of AudioGrabber MP3 Plugin comes with Kikin adware. Click on "No, Thanks" if you don't want this adware as this is NOT required.

We're setup and done!

Configuring Audio Grabber

Put in an audio CD in your CD-ROM drive. Run the Audiograbber link in your desktop. This is what you should see:

The Main Window. The usages of (1) and (2) will be shown below.

Click OK. Click on the MP3 button indicated by the "1" box in the image above

MP3 Settings Window

Configure as follows

  1. Grab to: Direct Rip and Encode to MP3 file
  2. Internal Encoder: Checked
  3. Encoder: LameEnc DLL Version 1.32 (29/7/2004) Engine 3.96 (may be different if you have a newer version)
  4. Constant Bitrate: Select at least 128kbps. Select 192kbps for higher quality. Selecting more than 192kbps has little or no difference in quality.
  5. Quality: Joint Stereo

Click OK. The Mp3 button on the top should now have a checkmark. We're done configuring!

Mp3 Encoding Finally

The list that you see in the main window is the list of tracks. Place a checkmark on the tracks that you want to convert to MP3. If you see a blank list, ensure that you inserted an audio CD in your drive and perform a refresh by clicking on CD > Refresh Track List.

Hit the Grab button after you are done and encoding begins!

Encoding Status

You will see the status of the encoding. Depending on the number of tracks, CPU speed and CD-ROM speed, this can take some time.

After it is complete, you will be brought back to the main window.

Playing the MP3 files

You can find the files in the C:\audiograbber folder. Edit the names and properties by right-clicking the file, and selecting Properties. Click on Summary and you should get the following screen.

Click on the value column for the row you want to modify, add your text and click Apply. Your changes will be saved.



Why does it take so long for the encoding to complete?
MP3 encoding is a very CPU intensive process, as the program has to analyze bit by bit, decide which bit to discard and keeping track of the bits to use.

Last Updated 7th July 2010.

Errors? Omissions? Need Help? Know something? Post your queries in the comments below.

This document is Copyright(©) 2001-2010 by G.Ganesh.

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Unregistered Anonymous Once cd is copied how do I transfer it to the MP3 player?
posted 9 Jul 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin connect your Mp3 player in Mass Storage Mode. Go to 'My Computer' and there should be a new 'Removable Disk'. Copy the Mp3 files into there.
posted 9 Jul 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Zed Unregistered Anonymous Congratulation to the site, absolutely safe and usable tricks, good tutorials.
Only one comment: As a recording engineer, i recommend the "Stereo" setting instead of "Joint Stereo" at the encoder settings.
You will hear the difference in the higher frequencies. Treble section will be much clear (when you use joint stereo, you hear "shh" instead of clear "sss" sound, the difference is like a web radio compared to the original station - they use similar data - and quality - reduction), and the spatial image is much better too. Beside of these advantages, the file size increases only 2-3 percent.
posted 3 Jan 2009 - Reply - Permanent Link
DJ Unregistered Anonymous I don't use that much music. Wanted to share a cool song with a friend and you made it easy

Thank You
posted 26 Aug 2008 - Reply - Permanent Link
budubudu Unregistered Anonymous lol i only use windows media player to do the copy XD
posted 28 Jan 2008 - Reply - Permanent Link
Venoth Unregistered Anonymous Great tutorials. Im very happy now as I can convert my old LP's into mp3 format and listen to them on the go. Fantastic work.
posted 21 Aug 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
JP Unregistered Anonymous Fantastic tutorial. Found this while looking at the uTorrent speedup guide. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.
posted 25 Jul 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
Hov Unregistered Anonymous Works as good as it says.
posted 1 Jun 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
Lee Unregistered Anonymous Audiograbber works just like the man says it does. L'm very happy with it
posted 7 Apr 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link

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