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Tips: How rip and copy audio CDs in Windows Media Player

One of the major advantages of Windows Media Player is that you can rip songs from your CDs to your computer. Then, you can sync the ripped songs with the portable music player like Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC, or other compatible portable media device; burn a customized music CD for enjoying at a party or in your car; or play the songs anytime from your computer without the hassle of having to find the original CD.
Follow the following steps to rip music from a CD to your computer
Once the songs are ripped, you can find and play them from your library.
1.    Make sure you’re connected to the internet and then start the player. If you’re connected to the internet, the player will retrieve the media information like album, artist name, titles etc. Then, the player will add the information to the files during ripping. If you find that the media information is incorrect or missing, you will change them even after ripping.
2.    If you wish to select a different format or bit rate for the files that are created during ripping, you can click the arrow below the Rip tab as shown in the screen shot. Then, you can make the selection from the format and bit rate commands.
3.    Moreover, you can also change the default settings later on the Rip Music tab of the options dialog box. The dialog box can be accessible by clicking the arrow below the Rip tab and the clicking More Options as shown below.

Now, insert an audio CD in the drive and click the Rip tab as shown in the following screen shot.
1.    By default, the player is capable of ripping the Cd automatically when you’re in the Rip tab or when your first switch to it after the CD was inserted. Moreover, you can also select the option to start the ripping process immediately upon inserting the CD. If you wish, you can also turn OFF the automatic ripping feature from the Rip Music tab.
Note that all songs are selected to be ripped if you have not previously ripped them.

2.    If the player begins ripping, make sure that your unchecking the boxes next to the songs that you don’t wish to rip or you can temporarily stop the ripping process to make your own selections. You can do this at the bottom of the List pane and click Stop Rip. After selecting the songs to be ripped, click Start Rip at the bottom of List Pane.
3.    In some instances, you may be prompted to manually add missing media information after once the ripping process is finished.

Once the songs are ripped, you can find and play them from your library.
How to choose a file format
By default, the Windows Media Player is capable of using the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format as it optimized the balance between the file size and the sound quality. Moreover, it is supported by certain compatible devices. You can also select any of the following formats.
•    Windows Media Audio Pro, which is designed to be used in low storage capacity portable devices, such as mobile phones, where the increased efficiencies of the format improve the audio quality at lower bit rates. Note that not all portable devices support this format.
•    Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate), which can reduce the file size, but may also take longer to rip.
•    Windows Media Audio Lossless, which provides the best audio quality but increases the file size.
•    MP3 and WAV (Lossless), which provide added flexibility.

Make sure that the selections apply to track you rip in the future and it is not possible to use the Player to change the format of a track you have already ripped.
How to choose a bit rate
It is possible to adjust the bit rate during ripping. However, the lower bit rate you choose, the smaller file size you will get. Moreover, it will also lower down the resulting quality of the audio reproduction. Therefore, Choose a bit rate setting that represents the best balance between sound quality and file size for your needs. Note that file size is typically a more important consideration for users who will listen to their ripped music primarily on devices, rather than on computers, due to their limited storage capacity.
What to choose?
If you’re unsure of the settings to choose, try ripping the same song to different formats and bit rates. Note that it is not possible to adjust the bit rate if you have selected a lossless format.
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