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Old 06-27-02, 10:38 AM
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Good software for ripping cds to mp3?

Can someone please recommend some good softwares to convert cds to mp3s? I understand that using VBR (Variable Bit Rate) makes a difference than a constant bit rate. If this is true which are the softwares that allow you to rip VBR?
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Old 06-27-02, 12:50 PM
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This question has been asked here a million times. Anyway...try searching next time and you will find the answers you need.

Read through these threads...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/search....der=descending


EAC and LAME is, IMO, the best to use. I have a website where you can download the software and it tells you how to configure and use but my site is currently down. It should be back up over the weekend.
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Old 06-30-02, 11:13 AM
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The best software, hands-down, is Audiograbber. It's not free, but it's worth it. It automatically syncs to freedb (the "new" CD Database, sorta like the CD version of IMDb) for track names. It grabs however you like, and grabs reliably. I've owned it for about a year and a half, and I've been infinitely pleased with it.

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Old 06-30-02, 12:27 PM
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I use audiograbber. I've heard that EAC is better, but I've never tried it.
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Old 06-30-02, 01:53 PM
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I like MusicMatch Jukebox just fine. It at least used to be free, easy to use and provide good-sounding mp3s. Then again, I'm running an old version so who knows where it is today
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Old 06-30-02, 02:21 PM
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Originally posted by Jepthah
I like MusicMatch Jukebox just fine. It at least used to be free, easy to use and provide good-sounding mp3s. Then again, I'm running an old version so who knows where it is today
Musicmatch is fine with me because my ears aren't as sensitive to how exact music is ripped. Some people really can tell the difference. I just want a program that works and leaves everything else alone.

Musicmatch is decent at both ripping and burning cds.
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Old 06-30-02, 03:38 PM
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A very experienced audiophile and radio engineer has sworn to me up and down (at least years ago) that Musicmatch mp3s sounds every bit as good as anything else.

It's the mp3 PLAYER inside, said he, that sucks donkey balls. Well, that's why I use that wonderful Winamp.
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Old 06-30-02, 10:59 PM
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Originally posted by Jepthah
A very experienced audiophile and radio engineer...
Next time you talk to him, ask him if he's tried out DFX. It's an absolutely incredible plugin for Winamp that just breathes all the life back into MP3s. Supposedly has some very intense maths based on acoustic theory, but that might be bunk I've been amazingly impressed by this app for several years and I use it at all times.

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Old 06-30-02, 11:32 PM
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I've tried MusicMatch, EAC and CDex, the latter two of which are free.

MusicMatch is OK, except it costs you. EAC is probably the best as far as correcting for errors if you're trying to burn a scratched disc, but if your discs are in good shape, there's eally no need.

My favorite by far is CDex, which uses the LAME plug-in for MP3 conversion. You can search Google for CDex and LAME and download both completely free. CDex's interface is extremely user-friendly, too.
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at r3mix.net

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Old 07-01-02, 08:58 AM
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The latest version of MusicMatch (7.2) that just became available on their site offers support for the new MP3Pro codec from Thomson (who licenses Fraunhofer's technologies). This offers greater compression and higher fidelity than older MP3 formats (especially at the high end). So if you want higher quality playback and smaller MP3 files, you might want to check out the new release they have. They've also ramped up the features for tagging MP3s with album art, etc.

MP3Pro files are also backward compatible with older MP3 players too.

You can also get DFX plugins for the Musicmatch player as well.
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Old 07-01-02, 09:39 AM
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Originally posted by sfsdfd
The best software, hands-down, is Audiograbber.
I don't see how Audiograbber is "hands-down" better than EAC.

If you're just doing a couple of CD's at a time, any of these methods are probably fine. However, earlier this year I encoded my 400+ CD's, and the fastest way I found by far was to rip a couple dozen at a time, then run a batch encoder (like lameb) overnight.
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