How can I convert a CD into MP3 files with Windows XP and Windows Media Player 9?
At first sight it seems it can only save WMA files.
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There isn't a solution out of the box, since WMP version 9 doesn't ship with the MP3 encoder out of the box (later versions do).
No matter what you do, you'll need to install something in order to get this to work for you.
My suggestion is to install a program like CDex which runs on Windows XP, is straight forward to use and powerful if you need more encoding options later.
Simple solution: just install an mp3 codec for Windows Media Player! Works for WMP 9! No new software needed.
As of version 8, Windows Media Player contains a MP3 CBR encoder (
l3codec?.acm); however, this must be enabled manually in earlier versions by editing the registry.
You can do this through
regedit.exe; the key name is
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Settings\MP3Encoding in which you have to add four REG_DWORD values, each representing a position in the "Quality" slider:
HighRate. The data has to be in bps; for example,
0x1f400 (hex) or
128000 (dec) for 128 kbps.
.reg file, when imported, will enable 128/192/256/320 kbps:
Windows Registry Editor 5.0 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Settings\MP3Encoding] "LowRate"=dword:0001f400 "MediumRate"=dword:0002ee00 "MediumHighRate"=dword:0003e800 "HighRate"=dword:0004e200
This appears to be enabled by default on my system (Windows XP with WMP 11).
However, some sources claim that the
l3codeca.acm codec, used by earlier versions (up to v10), is rather limited in features – for example, 22050 Hz sample rate. (I could not verify this myself.) WMP 11 includes
l3codecp.acm, which does not appear to have such limitations. Since you are using Windows XP, you can (and probably should) upgrade to WMP 11.