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What does rip a CD mean?

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To rip a CD means to copy data from the CD to a hard disk or similar destination. The process generally involves changing the original file format to one more suitable for general use and sometimes compressing the data.

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The formal name for the process of exacting audio files from a CD is DAE (Digital Audio Extraction), though ripping can refer to the process of obtaining both digital and analogue material. A file which has been obtained in this way can be described as a rip. In comparison, the process of copying, or writing, data to a disk is called burning.

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