Is there one that does'nt take over your PC...
dbPoweramp works well, very flexible, rips to virtually any format, converts between formats, can run nicely in background mode.
Thanks Philip, Do you know much about WMA Lossless...does it keep the tags?
I suggest you stick with FLAC for lossless as more units support it than WMA lossless.
I use Fairstars CD Ripper to rip my CDs, as it does everything required as well as being free.
Hope this helps
I have a question about dbpoweramp - what do the numbers mean after the rip status (accurate or inaccurate)?
I use Exact Audio Copy, which was free, and works very well.
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I don't know a lot about WMA I'm afraid. I rip into two formats; Apple Lossless for my main system and 256k mp3 for iPhone and ipad. DbPa does both at the same time, writing them to both my laptop and NAS. I think Flac is generally felt to be the best for tagging, althoug ALAC doesn't cause me any problems. I use itunes, hence not going for Flac.
re what the numbers mean, I think, stress think, it's how many instances the rip has been checked against in their database. But I could be wrong; anyone more knowledgable know better?
there's a good article on ripping strategy on computer audiophile website by the way, worth a read even if you don't follow it slavishly. I've adopted most of it, including holding three copies of all my music, one off site (I've got over a terabyte now and really don't fancy ripping it all again,)
EDIT - agree on WMA lossless though, don't use it. It's proprietary and not enough systems use it, whereas FLAC an ALAC are both now open source and therefore much more commonly supported.
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Exact Audio Copy here as well. Used it for a very long time. Once set up it's very simple indeed.
EAC is what I prefer though, but it is not without its weakness, but only if you need to create cue files and such things. Specifically, the paths in the cue files are absolute and not relative, and there's no way to change that in EAC so you have to edit each cue file manually after it is created and remove all the paths. Simple enough using 'replace' in a text editor, but when you've got hundreds and hundreds of discs it is a pain to be sure.
The album artwork search feature won't always provide you with the correct artwork, or any artwork often, and sometimes the quality is naff as well. I tried it when it was first integrated into EAC but abandoned it in favour of using google images after ripping. I use Irfanview to batch convert the downloaded cover images to 475 x 475 jpegs and this also strips out all the embdeed exif stuff and comments and other rubbish. More time but better result.
Sometimes when EAC looks up the CD in the freedb it doesn't return any results....so not in the database. 99 times out of 100 you can get around this by using this free media 'Player' (it's called Player) as it uses Gracenote. Once disc is inserted and tracks appear from the file menu, choose export to cdplayer.ini. And then close it. In EAC choose to import the tracks from cdplayer.ini. Sounds like a pain but it's very simple and quicker (a lot quicker) than typing it all out manually.
You can combine multi-disc sets in one folder easily. You basically feed each disc in one by one making sure that you keep the album title exactlty the same as the previous one (and the year if you have folders prefixed with the year as well). There is a counter on the right side of the main EAC window that allows you to continue numbering from the previous CD so you click that each time you insert the next disc and the track numbers change accordingly. If you are creating cue files, be careful though: after you rip each CD in the set and create the cue file, rename the cue file to album name [CD1] or something before ripping the next disc or the cue file will be ovewritten with the next one. Do the same for the auto created .m3u playlists.
As I say, not without it's foibles, but does the job of ripping CDs well, and it's free.
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