Lisa, that CD-RW (assuming its a CD-RW, and not a CD-R) is a great toy, and a thousand times better than a Zip drive. The simple fact of copying CDs and downloading MP3’s will pay for it in a month. You need a CD Ripper to copy CD’s and to break it up into individual tracks. I recommend Real Jukebox. Download it here: http://www.real.com/jukebox/
The free one is fine, but I suggest using the full version to burn CD-R’s because you want to use as high quality sound as posibble. If you have a CD-RW drive you can burn a CD-R once, and CD-RWs as many times as you want. You need to buy the right type of blanks though. I got Real Jukebox’s full version for free included with one of my packages (not sure which) It could have been Natscape, Windows, Office, or something. I’d search your software before spending any cash.
If you do a simple search online you’ll find alot of info on how to use CD rippers, MP3 players, and downloading software. I found alot of sites that I download MP3s from and thereofore I get lots of One hit wonders free, I would post some links, but I imagine that somewhere in the fine print I’m breaking some laws, and the SD may not like that.
A couple of sites to look at for a start is www.real.com, and www.winamp.com Both are sites that provide MP3 players, and CD burners, but they have a nice beginners section. Thats how i got started. You can find lots of freeware CD Rippers, and MP3 Players online, but I’d say Winamp is the best free one, and Real Jukebox is the best and most user friendly, and customizable. If you have any ?s let me know.