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Alright, so I am using CyberLink Power to Go that came with my new HP Laptop. If you think I should uninstall it and just use Windows Media Player, then say so, but here is my question.

There are 4 settings when ripping it to a WMA format.

  • 48000bps ( 5min(s)= 1.76MB)

  • 64000bps ( 5min(s)= 2.34MB)

  • 96000bps ( 5min(s)= 3.51MB)

  • 128000bps ( 5min(s)= 4.69MB)

asked Jun 26 '10 at 23:59

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edited Jun 27 '10 at 00:08

The majority of cd's use 256kbps so these settings are rather low

(Jun 28 '10 at 14:43) Louis Louis's gravatar image

I think you meant ripping.

Burning: adding data or items to a disc

Ripping: pulling data from a disc

For the best audio, stick with the most bitrate. But I think MP3 will be more supported on more portable players

answered Jun 27 '10 at 00:02

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You're right. I but burn in the question but rip in the tags.

(Jun 27 '10 at 00:09) John John's gravatar image

Also, I think you should go with MP3, WMP can play MP3 but some devices cannot play WMA. Most devices will play MP3

(Jun 27 '10 at 00:12) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

You have a couple factors to consider:

1) the size of your hard drive where you will store your MP3s, and 2) the bitrate of the MP3 that you want to rip.

You will note the lower the bitrate, the smaller the MP3 file, and the higher the bitrate, the larger the MP3. Many people cannot hear the difference between a 128 bitrate MP3 and a 196 bitrate MP3, but other people can hear the difference between the various bitrates. I recommend not using a bitrate lower than 128 for music MP3s, 48-96 bitrates are fine for talk radio. I say experiment. Make the same MP3 in all the available bitrates and then listen to each one to choose a bitrate that appeals to your ears and a size to reside your hard drive. BTW, WMP 11 offers bitrates of 128, 192, 256, and 320 (smallest file size to the largest).

answered Jun 28 '10 at 14:41

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