Ripping CDs to MP3 in Windows Media Player 11

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Posted on March 12, 2007 8:24 AM in Computers
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I needed to rip a few CDs today from a computer that didn't have iTunes on it. Turns out my next best option (without hunting for other software) was to use Windows Media Player 11. However, by default WMP rips in Windows Media Audio (.wma) format. I'd much rather have MP3s of course, so I went to the Rip Music tab in WMP's options and changed the output type to "mp3." At that point, though, it wouldn't let me rip my CD and gave the error "Windows Media Player cannot rip one or more tracks from the CD." Lame (pun not intended), right?

The link WMP sent me to for more information didn't offer much, other than to suggest I needed to find an MP3 encoder for my computer, but before I tried to do that I did a little extra hunting and came across this:

Let's look at a solution for you, first off try changing the bitrate to anything other than 128kbps, should do the trick without having to do anything more complex.

Sure enough, I went back into WMP's options and bumped the slider bar up 'til it hit 192 Kbps and WMP was able to rip to MP3 format without any other modifications.


Al on March 14, 2007 at 11:01 AM:

I downloaded Windows Media Player 11 for my daughters new Chocolate phone with MP3 format. I got the same lame error message. "Windows Media Player cannot rip one or more tracks...."

Found your website, changed the bitrate to 192 and voila! It worked for me!

Thanks Bernie, Al Lujan.


Sean Hearnden on April 09, 2007 at 6:46 AM:

Had the same stupid message.

Did what you said.


You're ace :P.


dallin on April 28, 2007 at 10:38 AM:

Got the same message, thanks for the fix!


Shane on April 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM:

Thank goodness for your tip! It worked wonders! thank you!


handsome on May 06, 2007 at 3:05 AM:

Thanks for the solution, it works


Steve Crye on May 14, 2007 at 8:26 PM:

Well, this tip works, but does not solve the underlying problem. I have an Olympus ws-300m, and it won't play any .mp3 ripped at a rate higher than 128Kbps! ARRRGH.

This is typical of why computers drive me nuts, despite being a professional and making my living off of them. Now, my only option is to rip at a higher rate and then open in Audacity, and export them at 128.

Why o Why, can Microsoft write even ONE piece of software that does not have an annoying flaw? When MP 11 installs, it defaults to 128.



Christian on May 26, 2007 at 9:20 AM:

Thanks Bernie, you are a genius ;)


Louise on May 29, 2007 at 3:18 PM:

I downloaded WMP11 because I've had this issue with WMP10 since I got my computer! I almost cried when the same error appeared. Your tip fixed all that. Goodbye to the days of ripping and converting....Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


M on June 03, 2007 at 3:15 PM:

I have this exact issue as well. Unfortunately your solution does not work for my problem. Thanks anyway.


Natester on June 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM:

Same thing here, although there is a better fix than increasing the encoding rate and driving the file size for WMP11 as well as 10...back up the registry key before making the change, just in case...

From MS FAQ below:
There may be a problem with a registry setting on your computer that is preventing Windows Media Player 10 from ripping into the MP3 format at a quality setting of 128 kilobits per second (Kbps). You can switch to a different quality setting, or you can delete the registry setting if you prefer to use the 128 Kbps setting. To switch to a different quality setting, do the following:

1.On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Rip Music tab.
2.In Audio quality, move the slider to a setting that is different than 128 Kbps.

To delete the registry setting, do the following:
Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. At the very least, you should back up any valued data on the computer before making changes to the registry. For information about backing up and restoring the registry, see Windows Help and Support.

1.In Windows, click Start, and then click Run.
2.In the Open text box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3.In Registry Editor, click the following registry key:


4.In the pane on the right, right-click the LowRateSample value, and then click Delete.
5.If you get a message asking you to confirm you want to delete the value, click Yes, and then close Registry Editor.

If you get a message "Are you sure you want to delete this key and all of its subkeys?", then that means you are trying to delete the wrong item. Click No, and then repeat step 4.


Robert L Gordon on June 17, 2007 at 10:03 AM:

I installed Media Player 11 on XP last week after MS kept nagging me to upgrade. I had to go to 256 before before they would let me rip in MP3. Why does MS have to keep swimming against the defacto standards?? I don' think their format will ever become a standard.


kh on June 18, 2007 at 1:56 PM:

Thanks for the fix! Works like a charm.


Adrianian on August 12, 2007 at 8:11 PM:

Thanks for the info....did the temp fix and then did the registry fix....there' a free program from NCH called "Switch" that'll convert almost any format to any speed MP3...or back for that matter


Jennifer Hull on September 27, 2007 at 3:46 PM:

we had that error on a client's laptop and the funny thing was it would give us that error in one identity but not others. So we checked the properties of both media player and the CD rom and one of them said analog and one digital. so when they both matched it worked! maybe that will solve your 128 problem.


Sebastien Mortaud on October 06, 2007 at 6:15 AM:

Thanks heaps, it only took me about 6 hours to figure this out, as they say its always in the last place you look.


Matt White on October 29, 2007 at 1:57 PM:

Thanks Natester, deleting the registry key works.


FinGerS on January 01, 2008 at 3:52 PM:

i'm running wmp 11 and i don't have an mp3 option for ripping, how can i add it as an option?


Cecilia on January 08, 2008 at 8:07 AM:


I get a different message on Windows Media Player and I would appreciate any help. It is a cd I recorded in Argentina and it plays in cd players in the US but not on my computer. When I insert it it says "Windows media player encountered an error when reading the cd drive in digital mode" then it changes it to "analog mode" but it still cannot read it!! And when I try to rip it it says "error". I changed the bit rate and everything but have no idea how to solve this.

This is a demo I recorded with me singing, does anyone knows what can I do to be able to make a copy of it?? Many thanks!!!


DJ SOULO on January 14, 2008 at 9:20 PM:

Try this.

click the small arrow under sync, then select more options, then highlight audio Cd, click properties, then tick the "use error correction box" and apply. It worked for me.

Good luck.


Tomás de Lara on January 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM:

A message to: Natester on June 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Man, thank you very much, you helped me a lot !!!

It´s so nice to know that exists people like you to help other people !!!!

Best Regards from Barcelona !!!!


Stevo on February 09, 2008 at 7:28 PM:

Yeah, thanks so much for the post. Sure did the trick after I upgraded


Vincent on March 06, 2008 at 2:02 PM:

Very cool! At times, where I work - we have a need for audio (voice recordings) with a smaller file size. Thanks to Natester's post about the registry location (see post above)- you can get WMP 11 to rip lower than 128kbs!!!

How? Again- refer to Natester's registry location post....

Right-Click on "LowRate" select "Modify". Click "Decimal"
Enter in whatever encoding you need (we're okay with 64kbs).

When you open up WMP 11 and select bit rate- 64kbs (or whatever rate you set up) can now be selected and used.

Cool- thanks all.


Den Shahadat on April 12, 2008 at 10:46 AM:

I can't seem to sort it out when I go into options and burn I get M3U or WPL only, I have been trying to find a solution to burning MP3 and when I saw this I was excited but unfortunately can't seem to fix it. Am I looking in the wrong place?


Kim on April 18, 2008 at 7:01 AM:

Thanks for the useful tip.


Amanda on May 11, 2008 at 3:56 PM:

Thanks so much for the bitrate tip. It worked perfectly. :)


Candice on May 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM:

I tried removing and re-downloading my media player. Even the website was no help. You have no idea how awesome you are!! Thanks a million!


Sandy on June 06, 2008 at 8:47 AM:

You have no idea how much time you saved me with your tidbit on raising the bitrate in WMP 11 to rip. Mine had somehow defaulted to the minimum and since moving it to 192 - it's good to go!! Thank you very MUCH!!


2SNguyen on June 11, 2008 at 8:17 PM:

Great, was looking every where until I found the answer here just that simple. two thumb ups


Wayne on June 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM:

that sounds like a good fix but how do you change the format of the music that is already ripped into Media Player 11 to MP3?? And I have about 14GB of music that is on my computer that I cannot get into Media Player 11 for some reason and I don't know how to import it.


chuck on July 03, 2008 at 5:44 PM: works!!!!!!!!!


tjokoko on July 15, 2008 at 9:25 AM:

Thank you and to Natester as well.


yorgo on November 10, 2008 at 4:01 PM:

thank you!
I can't believe the morons and microsloth don't include this very simple fact in their inept help....


Denise on December 05, 2008 at 8:11 AM:

Encountered the same issue, used your advice, everything's working like it should be. Thank you!


jeff on December 07, 2008 at 11:40 AM:

this web page sucks nutts


Isaac Krionde on December 30, 2008 at 7:19 AM:

Doode, thank you very much for that tip: I had the same problem, changed the bit rate as you said and my WMP 11 started ripping MP3 format


josh on January 03, 2009 at 8:01 PM:

wow thanks random blog!!


Ryan on January 21, 2009 at 1:16 PM:

The registry deletion trick worked like a charm! Thanks!


Tota on January 28, 2009 at 1:33 PM:

Me too! 192 works a treat!


gloreo411 on February 19, 2009 at 12:29 AM:

Thanks! Worked for me too.

Windows XP Professional 2002
Windows Media Player 11


Linny on June 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM:

Worked great! Found your solution after looking for LAME CODEC for an hour...sheeesh!!


jude on July 10, 2009 at 1:47 AM:

Me my default bitrate is 128kbs. but i can't change it to a higher one. I like 192kbs for mp3 ripping. how can i do that? Thanks!


Joey on October 16, 2009 at 2:21 PM:

I had the same problem. Switching higher than 128 worked.
I wanted to use 128, so I deleted LowRateSample in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-Software-Microsoft-MediaPlayer-Settings-Mp3Encoding
Worked like a charm!!


riq on November 22, 2009 at 4:48 AM:

I have music saved in a portable hard drive and my Windows Media Player 11 will not play it. can you help


PUPA ROV on November 26, 2009 at 8:47 PM:

Oh yes you saved me a return lable from UPS... i wanted to send back my digital voice recorder but once i sew your tip and i tried it even i have a olympus voice recorder model# WS-510M and they clame that it works only with128kbps it worked


Xavier Santistevan on December 13, 2009 at 5:21 AM:

Your solution worked for me. I'm so glad I used it before looking for a free MP3 encoder online which no doubt would have just caused more problems. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Ed on August 01, 2010 at 6:59 AM:

Does anyone here know what MP3 encoding engine WMP11 uses?

Thanks in advance


grandad72 on October 08, 2010 at 9:53 AM:

Thanks NATESTER worked for me in Windows XP 32 bit. Oct 2010


kamas716 on November 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM:

Thanks for the help. The Windows help and WMP help were absolutely useless - go figure.


Frustrated on January 08, 2011 at 12:04 PM:

how do you rip a mp3 disk onto wmd11


Rachel on April 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM:

Thank you so much! You're simply the best!


piinkraiin on August 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM:

I tried that it didnt work and i don't know what else to do..


Ron on November 05, 2011 at 7:37 AM:

HI, i have ripped my cd into 128k just now..
then it's auto eject after finished.. and i tried insert again the cd and going to rip into 320k.. but i can't, because the button rip change to "cd already rip" and it's gone grey..
what sould i do..
Thanks in advance..


Josh on November 06, 2011 at 7:05 AM:

My WMP all of a sudden would not rip cd's. Instead it would give me a "WMP cannot rip one or more tracks from the cd" prompt. I struggled for months trying to find it and yesterday figured it out. I clicked on Music in my WMP. Then i double clicked on Library. At that point it gives you a list as follows: Recently added, artist, album, songs, genre, year, rating, and finally the title of the cd inserted into the cd drive. I right clicked on that title and clicked on properties. In the rip section marked digital, the "use error correction" box was unchecked. I checked it and WAMMO! I have been able to rip cd's ever since.


Cuckoldplace on November 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM:

Thanks for finally saying that. cuckoldspace


torres on November 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM:

I was not connected to the internet, but
I was able to rip a few dozen until something came up and I could,'n rip
No more, all settings seem to be set
Properly. I don't know what to do to
Fix the glich please help.......


Chuck on January 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM:

I have been struggling with this for "AGES" and have just resorted to using a different computer for ripping.

But, alas, my wife has retired and is using her computer 24/7 to play solitaire, so I hate to bother her all the time when I need to rip. So, today was my day to fix this damned thing!! And I did.

WinXP-Pro SP-3
WMP-11 (11.0.5721.5280)

I examined my registry and found the following entry:


The value of that string was:


So I searched for l3codecp.acm and found it but NOT where it belonged!

I found two versions of it; both of them were in places named C:WINDOWSRegisteredPackages...

I copied the newer of the two (dated 1/28/2005) and pasted it in the folder C:WINDOWSsystem32 where the registry was saying it should be.

I then started WMP-11 and ripped my CD and have no further problems.

I know this is old, but maybe it will help someone.



Marti on August 09, 2012 at 2:11 PM:

I got this same message, none of this worked.
Problem ended up being that my library "rip to" location was unavailable (I had changed my user name to join a domain ages ago, so lost write permission to those folders.

Duh right!? I could play my music just fine so it never occurred to me to be a folder permission problem.
You'd think they could put up a better error message... what a waste of my time to hunt this down


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