CD-DVD Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 2.21, by Dr. Herong Yang
Rip Music to WMA with Windows Media Player
This section provides a tutorial on how to rip music off an audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) to WMA music files with Windows Media Player.
New version of Windows Media Player can not only play music from an audio CD, but it can also rip music off an audio CD and convert it into WMA file. WMA, Windows Media Audio, is an audio encoding format which greatly compress audio sample data stored on audio CDs.
Here is what I did to rip music from my audio CD into WMA files with Windows Media Player version 10.
0. Create a folder C:\temp\wma on your hard disk to store ripped music files.
1. Start Windows Media Player.
2. Click the dropdown menu icon in the title bar, select Tools menu, and select Options sub-menu. The Options dialog box shows up.
3. Click the Rip Music tap, and make the following changes:
Rip music to this location: C:\temp\wma Rip settings - Format: Windows Media Audio Rip settings - Audio quality: Uses about 56 MB per CD (128 Kpbs)
4. Insert my audio CD into the CD drive.
5. Click the Rip tab. Select all tracks. Then click the Rip Music icon. Windows Media Player starts to rip all music tracks from the audio CD and convert them into WMA files.
Unfortunately, the ripping process failed on track #8 and #13 with this error message: "Windows Media Player cannot play the CD. The disc might be dirty or damaged. Turn error correct, and then try again." No WMA files generated for track #8 and #13.
This behavior is bad. I think Windows Media Player should pad the bad audio frame and generate WMA files. I need to search for a better music rip software.
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