stop saying "Downloaded" when refering to music extracted mfrom a physical disc.
"downloaded" refers to music you purchase as daata off the web and it goes directly to your computer.
Extracting music from a physical CD is refered to as "ripping" and the
music extracted is called "ripped"
USUALLY "Ripping" is done as wav/pcm files, then a seperate operation is performed to create "compressed format files"
the most common being mp3 files of vaious "bitrates"
How an mp3 files "sounds" (in regards to audio quality)
depends less on the bitrate than on the specific algorythm
used to do the compression.
I have no idea what alorythm Widows Media player uses
but I'm as sure it sucks as I am that it'll be cold in antarctica in july.
generally regarded as the best algorythm is "LAME" which is used by many different compression programs.
But LAME has it's limitations and at bitrates 160k and below
FHg probably works better.
Frankly I stick mostly to 320k mp3's, storage space not being much of an issue.