All versions of vista come with the ability to rip music to mp3 files for free. Many music players, including Apple’s iPod, will not play the default wma format. By using the mp3 format, you ensure that you can listen to your music on any music device.
The XP days of hacking around to get the Windows Media Player to rip to MP3 is over. With a couple of easy steps, Vista will always rip to mp3 files.