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    Burning refers to putting data or music on a CD (or DVD).

    Ripping refers to copying data or music from a CD/DVD and either storing it on a harddisk or burning it, "on the fly" (concurrent with your ripping), to another media. Ripping a CD can be done with any type of optical drive (DVD, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW) whereas ripping a DVD requires a DVD drive of any sort.

    Specifically when ripping music, you need a special program that will copy the music from the CD and, almost always, convert the music from its uncompressed ".wav" format to a smaller format (such as .mp3, .mp4, .wmv, .ogg, etc).

    Disclaimer: Ripping music from your CD collection is legal according to current copyright law so long as you do not play the same copyrighted material in two different places at the same time and so long as you do not intend to "share" the resulting files. A popular practice amongst frequent CD buyers is to rip the CD and burn on the fly to a CD-R so that they can keep the original scratch-free and only risk damage to a $.15 CD-R.

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