Changing settings for ripping music

Ripping music lets you put tracks from your audio CDs onto your PC. When you rip the tracks, they become digital files on your PC.

There are two places in the Player Library where you can customise your settings and make ripping work better for you:

  • In the Rip settings menu (with fewer customisation choices).

  • In the Options dialogue box (with more customisation choices).

Here are some steps to help you get started:

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To change your settings in the Rip settings menu

  1. Open Windows Media Player:

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)

    2. Enter Windows Media Player in the search box, tap or click Apps, then tap or click Windows Media Player.

    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, tap or click the Switch to Library button Switch to Library button in the top-right corner of the Player.
  2. Insert a CD into your CD drive.

  3. Tap or click Rip settings.

  4. In the Rip settings menu, choose the setting that you want to change.

    Rip settings menu
    Rip settings menu

    The first two items in the menu might be confusing, so here's some information about Format and Audio Quality:

    • With Format you can choose a format for the files that are created during the ripping process. The default format is Windows Media Audio. Here are other available options:

      • Windows Media Audio Pro. This format supports a broad range of uses, from full-resolution, multi-channel audio for surround sound systems to highly efficient audio at low bit rates for portable devices. Not all devices support this format.

      • Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). With this format you can reduce the file size, but ripping music might also take longer.

      • Windows Media Audio Lossless. This format provides the best audio quality, but the file size will increase.

      • MP3. This format is older than the Windows Media Audio format and is supported by most media devices.

      • WAV (Lossless). This format produces very large, uncompressed files.

      Note

      • Your selections will apply to new tracks that you rip. You can't use the Player to change the format of a track you've already ripped. If you're not sure which format works best for you, try using different formats and quality settings, and then listen to the different tracks to help you decide.

    • With Audio Quality, you can adjust the compression quality that's used. Choose a quality setting that represents the best balance between the quality and the file size that you want. Note that you can't adjust the quality if you've selected a lossless format, such as Windows Media Audio Lossless or WAV (Lossless).

To change your settings in the Options dialogue box

  1. Open Windows Media Player:

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)

    2. Enter Windows Media Player in the search box, tap or click Apps, then tap or click Windows Media Player.

    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, tap or click the Switch to Library button Switch to Library button in the top-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, tap or click Organise, then tap or click Options.

  3. Tap or click the Rip Music tab.

  4. In the Rip Music tab, choose the setting that you want to change.

    • To save your ripped music in a specific folder, go to Rip music to this location, then tap or click Change. If you don't change this setting, your music will be ripped to the default folder location.

    • If you want to use a different name for the ripped files, tap or click File Name.

    • If you want to change the format for the files that are created during the ripping process, choose Format. The default format is Windows Media Audio. Other available options are:

      • Windows Media Audio Pro. This format supports a broad range of uses, from full-resolution, multi-channel audio for surround sound systems to highly efficient audio at low bit rates for portable devices. Not all devices support this format.

      • Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). With this format you can reduce the file size, but ripping music might also take longer.

      • Windows Media Audio Lossless. This format provides the best audio quality; but the file size will increase.

      • MP3. This format is older than the Windows Media Audio format and is supported by most media devices.

      • WAV (Lossless). This format produces very large, uncompressed files.

      Note

      • Your selections will apply to new tracks you rip; you can't use the Player to change the format of a track you've already ripped. If you're not sure which format works best for you, try using different formats and quality settings, and then listen to the different tracks to help you decide.

    • If you want to protect ripped files with media usage rights, select Copy protect music.

    • With Audio Quality you can adjust the compression quality when you rip tracks. Choose a quality setting that represents the best balance between the quality and the file size that you want. If you're not sure what setting to use, try ripping to different formats and bit rates, and then play the files. Note that you can't adjust the quality if you've selected a lossless format, such as Windows Media Audio Lossless or WAV (Lossless).

Note

  • Unauthorised use and/or duplication of copyrighted material may be a violation of copyright law in the United States and/or other countries/regions. Copyrighted material includes, but is not limited to, software, documentation, graphics, lyrics, photographs, clipart, animations, film and video clips, as well as sound and music (including when MP3 encoded). Violation of U.S. and international copyright laws may subject you to significant civil and/or criminal penalties.

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