When transferring audio files to the Sansa using Windows Media Player, remember to check your Rip settings when transferring the music from audio CD.
Using WiMP11 at the moment, click on the bar at the bottom of the Rip button, and you will find the More Options button. Select the Rip tab. For Windows Media Audio, uncheck the Copy Protect button to disable DRM when ripping your CD. DRM transfers require the Sansa to be in MTP mode to access the secure components of the device.
There are several versions of Windows Media Audio available. WMA Pro or WMA Lossless are not supported on the Sansa, and you’ll have a rough time trying to play those files. Unprotected media will transfer in either MTP or MSC mode.
Incidentally, you can quickly select the format and bit rate via the button at the bottom of the rip tab, but the Copy Protect option will not be seen. You can choose between various bit rates and even MP3 as your codec.
I have found that wma is a wonderful codec with equivalent sound quality to MP3, but at a lower bit rate, saving you memory space for more music. I use 192 kb/s for MP3, and 160 kb/s for wma. Don’t believe that stuff about using crazily low bit rates for that quest between quality and space. Your ears will be your guide.
I go all the way down to 16 and 32kb/s for narration, monaural, but then again, I grew up listening to some transistor radios still using a 22 1/2v battery. Some of us still remember the elation at using the new 9v “transistor” battery. Just to torque the kids up, I sometimes stroll into the local Radio Shack and ask for a “transistor battery”, just to see if they understand it.
To recap, if you select the wee tab at the bottom of the Sync button, basic WMA is the first choice in the list.
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 10-17-2009 07:20 AM