How to change rip format and quality in Windows Media Player

Updated: 12/16/2018 by Computer Hope
The Windows Media Player logo.

Windows Media Player is a great place to store and organize your music library. When you rip audio CDs (copy them to your computer), you have control over which file format they're saved as and the copied song's quality. By default, Windows Media Player saves all ripped songs as WMA with a quality of 128 Kbps. If you'd like your songs saved in a different format or quality, follow the steps below.

Changing the file format and quality

  1. Open the Windows Media Player.

To quickly open Windows Media Player, press the Windows key, type WMP, and then press Enter.

  1. Press the Alt key to show the file menu.
  2. Select Tools from the drop-down menu that appears.

The tools selector in Windows Media Player

  1. In the Tools menu, click Options...

The options selector in Windows Media Player

  1. In the Options window, click the Rip Music tab (A).
  2. Select your preferred format from the drop-down menu (B) and drag the Audio quality slider to adjust the bitrate. (C)
  3. Click Apply (D) and then OK (E).

The menu that allows users to change the rip quality of their CDs in Windows Media Player.