How can I rip MP3 files at high-quality data rates in Windows Media Player (WMP) 8?

A. WMP 8 includes a built-in, high-quality Windows Media Audio (WMA) ripper but includes only a low-quality MP3 ripper that stores audio at 56Kbps. To enable high-quality MP3 ripping, perform the following steps (you don't need to perform these steps if you've purchased third-party MP3 ripping software):

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Settings\MP3Encoding subkey.
  3. Create or modify the following DWORD values:
    • LowRate - 64000 (decimal)
    • MediumRate - 128000 (decimal)
    • MediumHighRate - 192000 (decimal)
    • HighRate - 320000 (decimal)
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Log off and log back on for the change to take effect.

A complete list of available data-quality speeds is

  • 320Kbps DWORD:0004e200
  • 256Kbps DWORD:0003e800
  • 224Kbps DWORD:00036b00
  • 192Kbps DWORD:0002ee00
  • 160Kbps DWORD:00027100
  • 128Kbps DWORD:0001f400
  • 112Kbps DWORD:0001b580
  • 64Kbps DWORD:0000fa00
  • 56Kbps DWORD:0000dac0
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