I can only answer your second question. Roxio's Easy Media Creator allows you to capture and convert to mp3, any song playing on your computer. It even has a pre-roll feature so you can begin capture several seconds later (after giving command) so you have time to move your mouse to the play control of your media player, to play the song.The older versions called Easy CD Creator, made it easier by a direct file conversion. I guess they had to change it to this method, to satisfy the RIAA.
I know there have been a few threads already surrounding this issue, but I have some additional questions. First, does anyone know of any legit websites where you can purchase mp3 (not wma) without a subscription service? This means actually being able to pay .99 cents or so to download the song and keep it. Second, does anyone know of any freeware that will disable DRM so you can download WMA's and then convert them to MP3 format? I downloaded a trial version but I forget the name now something converter but it was 19.99 after 14 days. And it actually worked. I had a few WMA's that had DRM built in and it decoded them as MP3.
Thanks for the help,