In i Tunes you can set it to rip CD's in MP3 format: Edit / Preferences / Import Settings . I use MP3 Encoder 160 Kbps. If you buy iTunes from their store they normally are in M4P (DRM iTunes) unless you pay extra for MP3. You can easily burn a CD in audio format in iTunes. Create a playlist - say CD1 - then drag and drop about 20 songs to it and burn a CD in audio fornat. Do not forget to "Finalise" the CD so it will play on other CD Players. I use iTunes to burn rather than WMP.