You can do a quick rip if the "Auto Play" menu comes out when you insert a disk in your computer's DVD/CD drive.
One of the options under Auto Play is to "Rip Music From CD (using Windows Media Player)" which will automatically launch Windows Media Player and the Rip menu.
This brings us to the "Bit Rate" button, which basically lets you pick the quality of the rip. Note that the higher the bit rate you pick, the better the quality you'll get, but you'll also get a larger file size. Clicking "More Options" brings up, even more, choices.
Under "Rip Options" you can change the destination folder for your ripped music by clicking the "Change" button under "Rip music to this location." If you haven't done so, you can also change your format (e.g.
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The MP3 format, meanwhile, offers wider compatibility with portable music players and smaller file sizes but sacrifices a certain amount of quality depending on the bit rate of your file.
Even if you don't have Windows Media Player 11, however, recent versions of WMP (i.e.
the aforementioned Windows Media Player 10 and Windows Media Player 12) basically use the same steps, so ripping with other WMP versions will not be a problem.
You'll also have an option to use your Internet connection and have Windows Media Player automatically find details about the CD you're using so you don't have to fill out album and song details yourself (for this tutorial, let's assume that you're not connected to the Internet, which means you'll end up with an unknown album with unknown songs).
You'll know the ripping process is done once all the songs show "Ripped to library" under "Rip status."By default, Windows Media Player will rip your tunes in WMA format and save it in your "Music" folder.