Maybe you don't get the full program with the trial period? Just a WAUSG.
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WMP has its quirks but I have no problems with the sound quality using .wav format to rip. Auto tagging is pretty good and improves over time. Classical CDs are most problematic with auto tagging. BE aware that the only way to fix metadata tags in .wav files is usually to re-rip the file. FLAC is more flexible in regards to editing tags.
It's my understanding that WAV files do not contain any tagging. The tagging is in your program library, that keeps track of the WAV file and associates information related to the files. That is why I use AIFF rather than WAV. As Mapman mentioned, FLAC is good for containing tags in the file as well. I agree that DB should pass off (non-tag) information associated with WAV files to WMP, maybe it doesn't. Try one of these other non lossy formats and see what happens.
Db Poweramp works great with FLAC files for metadata. But you need the full not trial version. Pay for the one that gives you lifetime metadata access. It's about 35 bucks or so. Computer audio is a pain at startup. Just pick a methodology that works and stick with it. Once everything is ripped you won't look back when your entire library is in the palm of your hand. Good luck!
I have always (4.5yrs) been able to use the trial version to do everything thing that is needed to rip, file and catalog over 625 GB of cd's using Wave uncompressed and Flac. The reason for two formats is that some files were native Flac 16/44.1, 24/96kHz or 24/192kHz and I felt no need to complicate the data by converting it to .wav.
Maybe you have a corrupted file or files relating to WMP?
I use JRiver Media Center 17.
Metadata/tag info is stored in.wav files by Windows Media Player. Squeezebox server recognizes them. However it is not in a standard format that can be easily edited afterwards, which is why the file must be recreated/ripped anew to apply changes. Editing .wav metadata with WMP, the changes are then applied to the separate library files and overrides what is in the file with WMP, however Squeezebox/Logitech server does not pick them up, only what was stored in the file originally.