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Free MP3 ripper! Using Windows Media Player

Media Player ripping to MP3 for FREE!

Anybody who's been to this site before will know how big a fan I am of free stuff and tweaking software. Today I'm going to show you what I use for ripping my audio CDs to the MP3 format. Since I'm showing you how to do it you know it won't cost ya anything Maybe it's cause I'm cheap.... Maybe it's cause I'm BROKE! This is one of those rare times that we can get away with something without paying and without having to do additional work!

My favorite audio player WinAmp also has a good CD ripping system and it'll only set you back $15. I've been using Winamp since my Pentium 200Mhz system WAY back in the day.

Disclaimer: What you do with this instructions can potentially break laws. It is up to YOU to do the research and figure out what is legal and what is not. I am only doing this as a backup purpose to my original CD. Things suck as sharing these files with friends can quite easily get you into trouble.

Most of the Free applications that so many people use to rip MP3's suck big time.

You have the 30 day trials
You have the speed limitations
You have the 5 step, combine tons of apps method.
You have the spyware infested JUNK!
often times several of these combined in the same package.

Yes I know Media Player 9 has a lot of spyware packed into it, but I'll be showing you how to remove the junk in the near future.

Lets get down to business already, I hate writing long introductions. What will you need today? All you'll need to do is select your favorite MP3 codec and install it.

LAME LAME seems to be the most popular and widely believed to be the best on the market.
FranHofer Radium FranHofer Radium is the fastest and not very good for all of the quality freaks.
OGG Vorbis
BladeEnc BladeEnc seems to be better than LAME at higher quality settings.

Now that you have a codec installed we'll move onto the next step. You'll need to add this to your registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Settings\MP3Encoding]
"LowRate"=dword:0000dac0
"MediumRate"=dword:0001f400
"MediumHighRate"=dword:0003e800
"HighRate"=dword:0004e200

If you don't know what to do with this then here's a simple .reg file for you to import into your registry. MP3.reg

After using this registry setting you'll want to start Media Player and go to tools --> Options --> Copy Music Tab. You'll now see something similar to the image below. 128Kbps is very commonly distributed around the internet but for anybody with a decent sound system this quality is nowhere near what you want! 256Kbps is a decent balance of quality and storage space, but there's also 320Kbps available if you follow these instructions.

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If you want to further customize these settings then obviously the registry values are hexadecimal numbers. For example 0004e200 is 320000 AKA 320K. Now that you know this then simply make the calculations to adjust the settings to whatever you would like!

You can also add support for additional audio codecs by changing the MP3Encoding line to say AACEncoding and having the AAC Codec installed.

After you have that done and you select your quality settings then you can move on to the copy from CD tab on the left. The image below shows you what you will see. In this case I am putting the latest Third Day CD onto my hard drive. I believe in doing this with all of the CDs I purchase.

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It's been a lot of fun showing you guys another money saving tip today. If you know of some other things you'd like to see me cover please let me know. I'm always looking for some additional guide contributors if you'd like to see your guides reaching a large amount of people.

If you guys need help with anything please start a thread in the Software forum and somebody will try to help you as quickly as possible.