How to Convert CDs to WMA Files

By Stephen Lilley

WMA files are the standard files used by Microsoft's Windows Media Player. They are just like a standard .MP3 audio file, except they are used primarily in conjunction with Windows Media Player. Instead of ripping a CD to the .MP3 file format, you can easily rip it to the .WMA file format to take advantage of Windows Media Player.

Step 1

Open Windows Media Player. You can do this by pressing the "Start" button, selecting the "Programs" menu and clicking on the "Windows Media Player" icon.

Step 2

Put the CD you want to rip into your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Step 3

Click the large "RIP" button at the top of the Windows Media Player window. This will bring up a list of tracks on the CD. If your computer is connected to the Internet, it will also bring up a list of track names and album art.

Press the smaller "Rip" button towards the bottom of the main Windows Media Player window. This will copy all of the tracks on the CD to your computer and encode them in the WMA file format.