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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics by Michael Miller

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34. Playing, Ripping, and Burning CDs

Your personal computer is a full-featured digital music machine. Not only can you download music from the Internet (which we talk about in Chapter 35, “Downloading and Playing Digital Music”), but you can use your PC to play music on CDs. Just insert a CD into your PC’s CD drive, and the music starts.

In addition, assuming that you have a recordable CD drive (called a CD burner) in your system unit, you can make your own audio mix CDs. You can take any combination of songs on your hard disk and “burn” them onto a blank CD—and then play that CD in your home, car, or portable CD player. You can also use your ...

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