How to Take Music Off of a CD

By Wesley DeBoy
Erase a rewritable CD using software on your computer.

Taking music off of a CD is a task that you can complete on any computer. This process is similar on both PC and Macintosh computers. Once erased, you can write new music to the CD. However, only a CD-RW, or CD rewritable disc, can be erased. Other CD formats cannot be erased.

PC

Place the CD with the music you want to take off into your CD burner.

Click “Start” then open “Computer.”

Click the “CD Burner” icon.

Choose “Erase this disc” from the toolbar and follow the steps provided in the wizard that appears. When complete, the music will be erased from the CD.

Macintosh

Place the CD with the music you want to take off into your CD burner.

Click “Finder,” then open “Applications.”

Open the “Utilities” folder.

Double-click “Disc Utility.”

Open the “Erase” tab of the Disc Utility.

Highlight the CD you want to take music off of.

Click the “Erase” button and the music will be erased from the CD.

About the Author

Wesley DeBoy has been a writer since 2004. He has a variety of arts and entertainment articles published on various websites. DeBoy specializes in writing about professional audio, music and computer technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications production from Ball State University.