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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3588 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
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What software do you recommend for ripping CDs? I'm also looking for album art & info, possibly also filling in gaps were art and info is missing.

Is winamp any good?

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

The best (free) is iTunes. Does all of that; it has a large online database to pull the information from, including the album name, track info, and cover art.

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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8763 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

I can't even remember the last time I used anything but iTunes for converting CDs. If the codec doesn't have to be FLAC, you can use iTunes and choose the Apple Lossless codec for your encode.

If you do need FLAC, the only advice that I can give is that your encoding software should have access to the CDDB. IIRC, iTunes and many other applications use this database to add the information that you're looking for to the files and/or libraries.

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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6925 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

I don't use iTunes but I have trouble believing that an Apple product would make flac files (aka free software). Read them, sure, but make them ? Apple has its own apple lossless codec.

Personally I use EAC but it may not be the simplest to use, you have to install flac yourself.

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User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

iTunes offers AAIF full feature codec and Apples own Lossless format.
Plus AAC and MP3 (both compressed) and WAV as well .
By the way the built in MP3 encoder isn't the best quality however.

I have used iTunes for just about ever (From OS9 days !), mainly because i can't be a***d to download .ogg or flac software.
However its for background listening and to fill iPhones

Still use traditional separates system for true listening (Arcam amp/cd player/Rega planar record player and Mission speakers.

If you want flac encoding try this link


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

You could also rip to Apple Lossless and then convert that into FLAC. When it's encoded losslessly anyway, you can also convert compressions losslessly as well.

A direct ripper to FLAC may be more practical, but that's still a possibility.

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

The latest version of Nero will rip FLAC files to CD. That's what I use. But it's not free, however there is a 10 day free trial available.
FLAC files have much better musical fidelity than .mp3 files do. It's definitely worth the trouble.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 6):
FLAC files have much better musical fidelity than .mp3 files do. It's definitely worth the trouble.

AAC is a very good intermediate solution, however. It is a lot better than MP3 and very difficult to distinguish from a lossless encoding while taking only a fraction of its space. Which is not surprising since it is the official successor of MP3.

User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

I personally use Foobar for ripping to FLAC, I would use MusicBee (my preferred player as it is by far the leanest running player I've found that has all the features I want) as it is capable of doing it with the codec installed however I haven't been able to get the tagging to work in it.

Both of these are free programs, like itunes & co.

[Edited 2012-06-23 15:40:02]

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