Changing settings for ripping music


You can use Windows Media Player to rip (or copy) tracks from your audio CDs onto your computer. After you rip the tracks, they become files on your computer. There are a number of settings that you can customize to make ripping work better for you.

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Ripping a music CD

There are two ways to change rip settings while in the Player Library. You can insert a CD into your CD drive and click Rip settings, or you can click the Rip Music tab in the Options dialog box. The Rip Music tab in the Options dialog box offers additional options that aren't available on the Rip settings menu.

For more information about ripping music to the Windows Media Player Library, see Rip music from a CD. For more information about the Player Library, see Getting started with Windows Media Player.

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To change rip settings in the Rip settings menu

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. Insert a CD into your CD drive.

  3. Click Rip settings.

  4. Click one or more of the following menu items:

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    Rip settings menu
    • Format. 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 compression at low bit rates for portable devices. Not all devices support this format.

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

      • Windows Media Audio Lossless. This format provides the best audio quality; however, the file size might 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 apply to tracks you rip in the future; it's not possible to 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 ripping to different formats and quality settings and then listen to the different tracks to help you decide.

    • Audio Quality. You can adjust the compression quality used while 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 have selected a lossless format, such as Windows Media Audio Lossless or WAV (Lossless).

    • Rip CD automatically. If you select this option, ripping immediately begins when you insert a CD. You aren't prompted to confirm your rip music settings, all tracks are selected, and ripping will begin whether or not you have an Internet connection. If no media information is found during the ripping process, the Player advises you to manually enter media information after ripping is complete.

    • Eject CD after ripping. If you want to rip several CDs in succession, you can select this check box, in addition to selecting Rip CD automatically.

    • More options. This opens the Options dialog box to see additional settings.

To change rip settings in the Options dialog box

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click Organize, and then click Options.

  3. Click the Rip Music tab.

  4. Make one or more of the following changes:

    • Rip music to this location. Click this option and then click Change if you want to store ripped files in a different folder.

    • File Name. Click this option if you want to use a different naming convention for ripped files. For information about how to apply changes to the naming convention or storage folder of previously ripped files, see Rip music: frequently asked questions.

    • Format. If you want to change the format for the files that are created during the ripping process, choose a 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 compression at low bit rates for portable devices. Not all devices support this format.

      • Windows Media Audio (Variable Bit Rate). This format can reduce the file size, but it might also take longer to rip a track.

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

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

      • WAV (Lossless). This format is an uncompressed format that produces very large files.

      Your selections apply to tracks you rip in the future; 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 ripping to different formats and quality settings and then listen to the different tracks to help you decide.

    • Copy protect music. Select this option if you want ripped files to be protected with media usage rights. For more information about copy protection, see Rip music: frequently asked questions.

    • Rip CD automatically. If you select this option, ripping immediately begins when you insert a CD. You aren't prompted to confirm your rip music settings, all tracks are selected for ripping, and ripping begins regardless of whether or not you have a connection to the Internet to get media information. If no media information is found during the ripping process, the Player advises you to manually enter media information after ripping is complete.

    • Eject CD after ripping. If you want to rip several CDs in succession, you can select this check box, in addition to selecting Rip CD automatically.

    • Audio quality. You can adjust the compression quality used while ripping tracks. Choose a quality setting that represents the best balance between quality and file size for your needs. If you aren't sure what setting to use, try ripping to different formats and bit rates, and then playing 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

  • Unauthorized 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, movie 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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