A friend of mine, Lee Erickson, read my blog today and shared with me that Windows Media Player could, in fact, save files in the MP3 format. I realized as I checked into it that I was using Windows Media Player 9. With Windows Media Player 10 there is an option to save to MP3. Lee's directions are as follows: Windows Media Player can be forced to rip to MP3 format. Go to “Tools/Options/Rip Music/ Format” and select MP3.
Lee goes on to give some additional helpful information: But Media Player is not my favorite tool. When it creates a data CD it can only be read on computers. The Nero software on my new laptop ... can create data CDs of MP3 files that can be played on my car CD/MP3 player. The advantage of this is being able to get about 20 CDs worth of music on a single CD that I just leave in the car. Thanks Lee!