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.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 Rip Music to MP3 with Windows Media Player

 Checking MP3 Files Generated by Windows Media Player

Rip Music to WMA with Windows Media Player

 Checking WMA Files Generated by Windows Media Player

 Installing FreeRIP

 Rip Music to WAV Files with FreeRIP

 Checking WAV Files Generated by FreeRIP

 Rip Music to MP3 Files with FreeRIP

 Checking MP3 Files Generated by FreeRIP

 Rip Music to WMA Files with FreeRIP

 Checking WMA Files Generated by FreeRIP

 Rip Music with FinalBurner

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

 Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

 VCD (Video CD) Standard

 DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

 MPlayer - The Movie Player

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

 PDF Printing Version