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Windows Media Player and CD Ripping

Windows Media Player is a convenient and reliable way to covert your CDs to MP3 on Windows. Our Step-by-Step guide runs your through the process and configuration settings.

This page is dedicated to asking questions and sharing tips about the CD ripping process in Windows Media Player.


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Every once in a while we rip a cd to Windows Media Player and the song title and artist are totally off. Why is this?

This happens primarily with compilation cds so I'm wondering if there's a compilation called something similar in the CDDB (cd database) and those titles are being used.

Just a guess though. Thoughts?


In your Recommended Configuration Options for Windows Media Player article, you said:

MP3, on the other hand, is owned by the public and is the most compatible audio file format known to man.

I'm afraid MP3 is owned by Thomson.

Major reason why Apple promotes AAC or MS WMA is to avoid paying licence fees to Thomson.

I do still stand by my recommendation of encoding to MP3 over all other audio formats unless you have a good reason not to.

Hmmmm, maybe.

I'm inclined to say that MP3 is a solution for a problem we don't have anymore.

The Internet is no longer the WorldWideWait, plenty of bandwidth. Storage, 100 Euro buys you 1 TB. So having your music in a lossless format and do transcoding on the fly to your favorite portable might be a better strategy.

Why tamper with sound quality?

I'll keep an eye on your website, the USB turntable stuff is great.

Please keep an eye on mine too and correct me if I'm wrong.

Using the error correction option probably gives you EAC style ripping in WMP.

The bulk of my collection has been ripped with CDParanoia, simply because the music server I owned at that time had this peace of software on board. Later I re-ripped a couple with WMP, can't say I heard any difference.


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Originally Published:  Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 5:00 PM PT

Last Updated:  Monday, June 27, 2011, 11:21 PM PT

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