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Old 12-02-05, 10:04 AM
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Ques on ripping my CDs to Hard drive...

I have bought a new computer and now I have tons of HD space and would like to begin ripping some of my CDs to the HD. In most cases, the entire CD will be ripped but in a few cases, I just want to get select songs. What freeware utils can I do to get good quality MP3 and that is easy to use?

I have Win XP SP2.

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Old 12-02-05, 10:20 AM
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Errrrr.. I mean... What Minor Thread said, or iTunes. Both free. Just check the settings before you rip so you don't end up with AAC files, or the wrong bitrate.
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Old 12-02-05, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
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Awesome thanks guys....now I feel like a doof! Never realized that Media player had the ripping built in. Thanks again!!
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Or Audiograbber, which is now freeware. You should download the Lameenc.dll [the help files give you info and a link to it.]

Since I got a new computer that can handle the greater resources needs of WMP, I have just been using Windows Media Play 10. I have also been a lot less anal about my naming and organization of tracks.
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iTunes works too.
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Old 12-02-05, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by ngp
now I feel like a doof! Never realized that Media player had the ripping built in.
Now, if you can only realize that we have a Tech Forum, and not post things like this in Hot Deals.
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Old 12-02-05, 11:19 AM
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Yep....move to Tech

Media Player is great though, easy and quick. I've been ripping lots of my CD's....since I don't want them to get scratched anymore (I was/am a DJ)
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Exact Audio Copy produces the best quality IMO.
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Now, if you can only realize that we have a Tech Forum, and not post things like this in Hot Deals.

Good point...sorry! I do normally plead cases at the Tech Forum and mistakenly eneded up posting here! ; )
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Exact Audio Copy produces the best quality IMO.
That is what I use.

I also thought Media Player requires a 3rd party plugin to rip to Mp3s? Is this no longer the case?
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Originally Posted by sureAV421
Exact Audio Copy produces the best quality IMO.
Great quality, and the process is essentially automated once you set up the program.
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Originally Posted by sureAV421
Exact Audio Copy produces the best quality IMO.
that is what I was told, and have had no problems with it...
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I thought Media Player incorporated DRM into everything it ripped?

EAC for me, all the way baby!

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I love itunes. very quick and simple, and a great mp3 player to boot
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I usually have used CDex, using the Lame mp3 encoder, usually with constant bitrate (CBR) of 192 kbps, or variable bit rate (VBR).

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HIGHLY recommend Exact Audio Copy

The name says it all.
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Originally Posted by ngp
I have bought a new computer and now I have tons of HD space and would like to begin ripping some of my CDs to the HD. In most cases, the entire CD will be ripped but in a few cases, I just want to get select songs. What freeware utils can I do to get good quality MP3 and that is easy to use?
What would the mp3 be used for?

If it is just to listen to in a portable player, then the Windows Media Player, MusicMatch, iTunes, or the likes will do just fine. It's the easy, you get all the tags automatically, and it's all organized automatically too.
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The best way to rip high quality:

http://www.ubernet.org/?p=UberStandard
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