Windows XP with MP3 ripper?
According to Microsoft's product manager Tom Lammel, the group is still not clear about the extent to which the MP3 audio format will be integrated in the upcoming Windows XP operating system.
It seems certain that although MP3 is a competitor for the in-house Windows Media technology, decorders from third-party providers can also be imported into the new Media Player 8.0. With this step Microsoft seems to recognize the success of the quasi monopoly standard. However, the integration of an MP3 ripper with the help of which audio CDs can be saved directly as MP3 does not seem certain. Although the first 'builts' of Windows XP had this function, the feature is missing in the current releases. Even if there is an implementation, the quality, according to Lammel, will not be great. Since the patent for the MP3 standard is owned by Thomson and the Frauenhofer Institute, license fees and costs would be disproportionate to the benefits.