Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I use MusicMatch on a notebook computer?A: Using the MusicMatch program, you can:
- Play music CDs
- Create MP3 music files from your music CDs
- Use your music files to build a music library
- Edit music track information
- Listen to Internet Radio
How to Play Music CDs with MusicMatch
In Microsoft® Windows® XP:
- Insert the music CD into the CD/DVD drive on your computer. The first time you insert a CD, the Audio CD dialog box opens.
- Click Play Audio CD using MUSICMATCH Jukebox, click to select Always do the selected action, and then click OK. MusicMatch opens, the CD begins playing, and the names of the music tracks appear in the playlist area.
The next time you insert an audio CD, MusicMatch plays the CD automatically.
In Windows 2000:
- Double-click the MusicMatch JUKEBOX icon on your desktop. MusicMatch opens.
- Insert the music CD into the DVD drive on your computer.
- In the MusicMatch window, click the CD tab. The names of the music tracks appear in the playlist area.
- Click the play button.
How to Create Music Files
Using the MusicMatch program, you can copy tracks from a music CD to your computer hard drive as MP3 files.
Here are some terms that you need to know before you get started.
- Bit rate - The number of bits required to store one second of music. CD quality is 128 kilobits (128,000) per second (Kbps). A high bit rate gives you better sound quality but the file size is also larger.
- MPEG Layer 3 (MP3) - A standard for digitally compressing high-fidelity music into compact files without noticeably sacrificing quality. MP3 files end in the file extension .mp3.
- Ripping - The process of copying a music track from a music CD and storing it on your hard drive.
How to Create (or Rip) MP3 Files
- Insert a music CD into your DVD drive.
- If an Audio CD dialog box opens, click Play Audio CD using MUSICMATCH Jukebox, and then click OK. If a dialog box does not open, from the Start menu, point to All Programs, MusicMatch, and then click MusicMatch Jukebox.
- In the MusicMatch window, click the record button.
- Click to clear the check box for any track you do not want to record (rip).
- Click REC.
- When a message appears that tells you the CD drive needs to be configured, click OK.
After you add a CD track as an MP3 file to your music library, you can edit the track’s information.
How to Edit Track Information
- In MusicMatch, click My Library.
- In the library window, right-click the file, and then click Edit Track Tag(s).
- In the Edit Track Tag dialog box, enter information such as track title, lead artist, album, and genre.
- Click OK. The new track information appears in the MusicMatch playlist, music library, and recorder window.
For more information on using MusicMatch Jukbox, reference the Using Multimedia section of the Gateway 450 Notebook user guide or MusicMatch Jukebox Help files. In MusicMatch, on the menu bar, click the Help option.