I wish I knew how to explain it better. When I put the CD in, a little screen comes up and asks what I would like to do with multiple options, I choose rip music to the computer. I'm not sure if that is an MP3 or not. I wish I understood this better. If somebody could walk me through the steps to making the best sounding CD-rs that would be great. Hopefuly it won't involve having to purchase more stuff. I am mostly interested in copying or making mixes from store bought CDs I already have, not stuff from the internet, thanks again!