When you want to store your music digitally or transfer music to a portable music player, you need to copy that music from a compact disc to your computer's hard drive. This process is called ripping; and if you have a large enough hard disk, you can rip an entire library of CDs or individual songs. Naturally, you use Windows Media Player for the entire ripping procedure. It's easy to do.
Technically, copying a digital audio file is called encoding—although everybody calls it ripping.
Before you begin copying, you first have to tell WMP what format you want to use for your ripped files. You also have to choose the bit rate for recording.
Let's start with the file format. As you learned previously, ...