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    WANTED: CD ripper

    I know there are plenty of Google searches that can lead me to a CD ripper, but could use some first-hand advice from you loungers (folks I can trust a lot more than the usual net denizens). Do you have a faithful CD ripper you can recommend? I'd prefer something I can download and that will automatically name the files. I've tried EAC, but for some reason the tracks are blank.

    I just received a 7CD set and am keen to burn the tracks. I'm planning some big hikes and really want to listen to the stories on my MP3 player.

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    Re: WANTED: CD ripper

    I prefer and use EAC. The quality of the MP3 is superior (IMHO). But if you've scratched that program from your list, may I suggest the following:

    1. Windows Media Player 9 - has a Copy from CD function. You probably already have this program so no new download would be necessary. It is adequate and will recognize the CD and name the mp3 files for you. And you can select which tracks to rip (or rip them all). Further, you can control the compression / quality of the mp3.

    2. Another program that is very popular is MusicMatch Jukebox. It has a FREE basic edition which you can download and it has some of the same attributes I just mentioned for WMP. MMJB is also available in a souped up version for about $20 that will add a few features. The Plus version will rip & burn faster.

    3. WinAmp3 is a free download but you'll need to weed through the plug-ins to get to the features you need. I like WinAmp as an MP3 player. The sound output is exceptional. I don't really like it for other uses: burning, ripping, tagging, etc.. I consider it not very user-friendly and a bit clunky, but make no mistake, it is very popular and a bunch of people swear by it.

    There's 4 programs for you to consider. I've used them all, they're all fine and I know the first three will do what you need. Everything else being equal, you might just give WMP9 a shot.
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    Re: WANTED: CD ripper

    I strongly second the nomination for Exact Audio Copy (with the Lame encoder).
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    Re: WANTED: CD ripper

    I'll go for MMJB. Now, about the automatic naming of the files, MMJB used to be supported by a CD Data Base (CDDB). Now my MMJB version (5.10) somehow is no longer supported by this CDDB, but I believe the latest version is. It's just that I don't want to download the 7 / 8 Megs again.
    Now that you make me mention it, I think the download will be worth it. The CDDB feature looks up tracks information remotely and it appears as if you had typed it yourself. With their own arrangement, that is.
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    Re: WANTED: CD ripper

    Hay Mark, what's the "Lame Encoder?"

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Thanks gang. I had ripped one CD with Windows Media Player, but it created WMA files (which my antique MP3 player can't handle). I try to avoid WMP because I find it so ugly as compared to the more functional WinAmp. I'll have to look into Musicmatch Jukebox. I'm sorry to see that it has the same ugly look as WMP (sorry folks, I'm a "form follows function" kinda guy). Speaking of WinAmp, I couldn't believe that it didn't rip. I searched the web site but came up empty handed. It looks like I'll have to go back and search some more.

    It's a pity EAC didn't work. I actually ripped three disks before I discovered that I had a dozen MP3s with no sound. I may have to re-install.

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    Re: WANTED: CD ripper

    LAME is a freeware encoder to convert WAV audio into MP3 format. I've used several other encoders and never found one that matched the power, flexibility and most of all audio quality of LAME. More info at http://lame.sourceforge.net/ if you're interested.
    -Mark

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    Re: Thanks for the suggestions!

    Hmmmn, no sound? What options did you use with EAC? I've attached a screen shot of how my compression options are configured (I encode using high bitrate MP3s).
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    Re: Thanks for the suggestions!

    Looking on the FAQ on EAC, I came up with this. Maybe this pertains to you...
    <hr>Q:
    When I extract, the extraction proceed very fast, but when I listen to the resulting files, they are all silent. What did I do wrong?

    A:
    Sometimes EAC will autodetect a wrong read command. In this case it is possible that only silence is returned. Try to manually select a read command. In the Drive Options, go to Read Commands page and select the Read Command MMC1 manually (or any other that works). Test it with burst mode. If you tested all of them, but none of them worked, try to extract with another program like WinDAC or CDEx. If both also fails, make sure that your drive is capable of extracting digital audio at all.
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    Found: CDex

    Nobody mentioned this one, but I managed to stumble across it. It works as well as can be expected. Check out http://www.cdex.n3.net/ (note that it too must use the LAME encoder).

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