Windows Media Player Files and Spotify - dummies

Windows Media Player Files and Spotify

By Kim Gilmour

Unfortunately, Spotify can’t play music that’s been saved in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. Avoid this problem when you rip (or copy) the tracks from your CDs by saving them in MP3 format, or in another higher-quality format that Spotify supports.

You can actually rip CDs in MP3 format by using Windows Media Player, but you need to specify that you want to use a format other than WMA either each time you rip a CD or universally in the settings.

Follow these steps to tell Media Player to rip your CD in MP3 format:

  1. Click the Start button, and then type Windows Media Player in the Search text box.

    While you type, a list of search results appears above the Search text box.

  2. Select Windows Media Player from the results.

    The Windows Media Player window opens.

  3. Insert the audio CD that you want to rip into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.

    Windows Media Player recognizes that your disc has been inserted, searches for track information, and displays that information in the main pane. The CD should also start playing.

  4. Choose Rip Settings→Format→MP3.

    The MP3 option becomes checked. During this session, all CDs you rip will be in MP3 format.

  5. Click Rip CD in the menu bar above the track listing.

    The ripping process starts immediately, and songs are saved by default to your Music folder.

To avoid having to choose MP3 every time you rip, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Organize→Options.

  2. From the Options dialog box that appears, click the Rip Music tab.

  3. In the Format section, select MP3 from the drop-down list, and then click OK.

Already have a load of WMA files? You can deal with the ones you’ve already ripped by converting them to MP3 or AAC by using any number of software solutions on the market, including the latest version of iTunes. The WMA tracks have to be unprotected, meaning they can’t have digital rights management restrictions coded onto them.