How Can I Change My Windows Media Player File Type?by Sonia Waring
Besides playing digital music and video files, Windows Media Player can "rip" (extract individual music tracks from a music CD) and convert them to a compressed format for storage on your computer's hard drive. Windows Media Player can play a large variety of formats, but you must choose a particular format for ripping, such as MP3, some flavor of WMA, or WAV. The latter is actually the uncompressed format you'll find on commercial CDs.
Open Windows Media Player.
Click the small arrow under the "Rip" tab at the top center of the window.
Choose "More Options...."
Click the drop-down menu labeled "Format" in the center of the resulting dialog box. Choose a format -- WMA, MP3 or WAV -- from that menu.
Move the slider under the label "Audio quality," if the format allows it, to adjust the sound quality and file size of the audio tracks.
- To learn more about the format choices, visit the CD Burner comparison site linked under "Resources."
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