Transferring music onto compact disks--using a computer, sound card, and CD burner--takes about an hour from start to finish

1 CLEAN YOUR RECORDS

The dish rack is O.K., but hold the detergent

2 GET YOUR TURNTABLE UP TO SPEED

Inspect and, if needed, replace the stylus or cartridge

3 MAKE THE CONNECTION

All jacks look alike, so make sure you've plugged into the right ones

4 SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP

Record your tunes into the CD, and clean them up with audio-restoration software

5 BURN, BABY, BURN

Organize the tracks on your playlist, and write the CD

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