I've not used Windows Media Player in ages but I would think it stores the music files locally in a folder somewhere - just copy the files onto another drive where you want to store them for Linux. Assuming they're DRM-free this should be a simple thing...
Hi Mr Mucks thanks for the reading information very interesting, I have just finished reading it. Looks like Banshee is the one for me I will be looking to download my CD's tomorrow. Once again thanks for the heads up.
It may be an idea for future use to burn all your music to disc, it would only take about ten DVD's to store 40Gb or if you have a Bluray Burner, just a couple of 25Gb discs or just the one 50Gb disk. These discs actually only store about 22Gb and 44Gb respectively but they are convenient.
I'm using a Pioneer BDR209 Bluray burner which currently costs about £65.00.
Prior to the Pioneer I had an LG which only lasted 18 months, FWIW.
I'd recommend using flash drives rather than optical media. Discs are more susceptible to data loss. I've had many discs that were burned at low speeds and worked 3 months later, but 9 months later copying files from them resulted in CRC errors. Discs are also more vulnerable to mishaps like scratches or water damage. Discs also require an external device for reading them, while flash drives work with a variety of machines so long as they have a USB port.
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