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    Media Player Can't Rip (10 or 11)

    When the corporate IS folks set up our computers, we get Windows Media Player but a lot of the features are disabled, I can't rip music, there is no library, I can't create a playlist. I was told that it was all part of their setup and it can't be changed...but it's OK if we download ITunes, which does everything that I want, I just preferred to stick with MS. Is there a way to get in and activate these disabled items or is it possible that they just have it completely locked down? (I realize that it's hard for anyone else to know what they did, since I don't know myself and probably couldn't explain it if I did.) If I have to go to ITunes, can I rip music as MP3, or is it only in ITunes format? Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Media Player Can't Rip (10 or 11)

    Using iTunes:

    1 Launch iTunes
    First things first--open iTunes. If you're a Mac user, you'll find iTunes in your Applications directory; PC users who haven't yet installed iTunes can download it. You should also make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. Mac users, select Software Update under the Apple menu; PC users can click Help, then select "Check for iTunes updates."

    2 Configure your settings
    Next, let's configure iTunes' encoding preferences. Mac users can go to the menu bar and click iTunes, then Preferences; for PC users, click Edit, then Preferences.

    You can change the location of your music and tweak iTunes' MP3-encoding settings from the Preferences window.
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    File location: iTunes will automatically save ripped music in your designated iTunes Music folder. If you want to change the location of the folder (which may move all your saved music if the "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" check box is selected), click the Change button to select a new path.

    File format: By default, iTunes rips music to the AAC format. To switch to the MP3 format, click the Importing tab and select MP3 Encoder under the Import Using drop-down menu.

    Bit-rate setting: Just below the Import Using settings, you'll find the Setting drop-down menu; click it and choose a bit-rate setting for your ripped files. We think 128Kbps is the best compromise between file size and sound quality, but those with sensitive ears may prefer 160Kbps or even 192Kbps.

    Add the track number: If you plan on listening to your tunes on a portable music player, you'll probably want to append track numbers to your music files so that they'll play in the right order. To do so, click the "Create filenames with track number" check box.

    Error correction: Trying to rip an older or scratched CD? If so, select the "Use error correction when reading Audio CDs" check box. The ripping process will last longer, but iTunes will stand a better chance of fixing any errors from scratches or excessive use.

    Finishing up: Click the OK button at the bottom of the Preferences menu to return to the iTunes main menu.

    3 Get album and track info
    Insert your CD into your system's CD-ROM tray; iTunes will automatically display a list of tracks and grab album and track info from the CDDB. If the track names remain blank, make sure you're connected to the Internet, click Advanced, then "Get CD track names." If you want to make changes to the track/album names, select the label you want to edit and start typing. To make albumwide changes, select all the tracks and hit Command+I (or Ctrl+I for PC users), click the Info tab, then make your changes.

    Want to tweak track, artist, or album names? Just select the label you want to edit and start typing.
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    4 Pick your tracks
    Want to rip only some of the tracks to MP3? If so, go to the track list and clear the check boxes next to the tracks you want skipped. If you want iTunes to rip all the tracks on the CD, just leave everything as is.

    If you don't want iTunes to rip every track on your CD, just clear the check boxes next to the tracks you'd rather skip.
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    5 Rip your music
    You're ready to rip! Just click the Import button in the upper-right corner of the iTunes interface. To cancel ripping, click Import again.

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    Find your new files
    When iTunes is finished ripping, select Library in the left-hand column; you can then find your new tracks either by clicking Browse in the upper-right corner of the interface or by using the nearby Search box.

    Once iTunes has finished ripping your music, click Library in the left-hand column to find your new files.
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    Re: Media Player Can't Rip (10 or 11)

    In many companies you can get in big trouble by altering the default setup. You should try to get the 'IS folk' to change it for you or give you permission to change it yourself. They certainly should know what settings were modified. That said, if you can use the Group Policy Editor you can check and change various settings under both Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Media Player and ser Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Media Player. Once again, be aware many corporate IS/IT groups do not take kindly to messing with their defauly setup.

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