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    I am looking for a free program that takes songs off cds and converts them to mp3 , I have musicmatch jukebox and it works great but i dont want to pay for the updgrade? any ideas? Also I want it to retain the names of the artist and song?

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    Re: program?

    Jordan--

    10 days ago you asked the same question on the Windows XP thread and I linked a program to do this:

    Roxio Post 293778:

    September 14, 2003 XP Thread: "I get so many errors with roxio but if i use musicmatch jukebox it works fine every time, is there any shareware out there that i can copy cd to cd and make music cds??"

    Exact Audio Copy on Tech TV's site seemed to be one candidate

    Exact Audio Copy Site and Download <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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    Re: program?

    A few tips:

    The program you're looking for is called a "ripper" or a "CD Ripper". There are tons of them available for free and low cost. If you're hoping for a good quality MP3, I think you're going to find that you'll get what you pay for. Free will sometimes result in an inferior reporoduction of your original CD.

    If your PC has a CD-Burner or "CD-RW drive", you may already have the ripping and burning software.

    If you go to any search engine, including Google and type CD RIPPER in the search field, you'll stay busy most of the day clicking through the available programs. I just tried to search on FREE CD RIPPER and immediately found one you may like: CDex

    Lastly, any program that has support for the CDDB can identify your CD. It will recognize the artist, album title, track names and more... The CDDB is an internet database and most good rippers will support its use. The program I've linked you to, includes such support.
    - Ricky

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    Re: program?

    Here are tips on choosing programs to rip CD's to MP3's Scroll to Bottom Also

    One Stop MP3 Resource

    See mp3.com Top 10 product picks
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    CD Rippers: I want my MP3 plus Artist and Song Names

    db PowerAMP
    dbpowerAMP Speed Comparison plus names of other rippers you can hit with google and a mouse click

    Free Audiograbber 1.82

    Focus Soft Free CD Ripper

    These should get you goin'.

    SMBP

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    Re: program?

    > I want it to retain the names of the artist and song

    This is funny. Before Real Jukebox make this information downloadable from the web, I don't think anyone ever imagined that you would be able to show artist and title while playing a CD. You had to enter the information manually into a database. Now we take it for granted that it will be there when we pop in a CD, and demand that our software support it. Who says the Internet hasn't changed everything? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Hi crottyjd,

    In addition to the suggestions already made, you might want to try Quintessential Player. It supports CD ripping and is REALLY cool. I had mentioned it in a previous post but I hadn't tried it at that time. After reading repeating good comments I decided to try it and it's nice in its unique way. I don't know if it will overthrow Winamp but it's giving it a hard time at the least <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.
    If you ask me, I haven't tried ripping with Quintessential Player yet. My all-time fave is MusicMatch (what is it that you don't like?) because it's lightning-fast. Other Loungers like Mark prefer quality over speed, so they recommend using the lame encoder with another app (I don't remember which).
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    Re: program?

    hey everyone, thanks for the input, i got good input!

    thanks
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    Re: program?

    <hr>so they recommend using the lame encoder with another app (I don't remember which).<hr>

    That other app would be EAC which SMBP also suggested. I too, think it's the best for producing a very high quality MP3. It just depends on what the user wants... I haven't found ONE program yet that does everything I like (where MP3's are concerned).

    I think each of these are at the top of their class in the ONE thing they do right (and each offers either free software or trial software):

    Ripper = EAC LAME
    Player = WinAmp
    Catalog / Database Display = Music Match
    Tagging Utility = Tag & Rename
    Burner = NERO
    Labeler = AudioLabel
    - Ricky

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    Re: program?

    Thanks Rick.
    I've just ripped a CD with Quintessential Player and if there's any difference in speed with MusicMatch, it's not noticeable. It seems it admits various encoders so maybe I can make it work with Lame, but I suspect the speed will vary.
    I gotta check the difference in files size too.
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    Re: program?

    I came across this today you might find worthwhile:

    Rip Your CD Music to Wave or MP3

    CDex 1.5 from Source Forge's Downloads

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    Re: program?

    Thanks for the link, SMBP.
    CDex was one of the first rippers I tried. It worked just fine those days, but it was... outsped? by MusicMatch. On occasions MusicMatch (the current version those days) would hang when ripping certain tracks (I can remember Gun's and Roses' Coma to name one), and that's when I would resort to either CDex or Simple MP3 (which has never been mentioned here as far as I can remember).
    It's to expect that the latest CDex release is better than the oldie. I'll check it out.

    Reviewing my post on ripping CDs with Quintessential Player, one thing I don't like is the way it handles ID tagging. Maybe it's just the way it picks the info from the CDDB it checks, but it crams, for example, Artist and Album into the same tag. The result is a description too long to read, at least in Winamp. MMJB remains my fave.
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    CD Ripper Software

    I am posting here ONLY so I can try to change the SUBJECT to something more meaningful than "...program..." for I want to add this to my post reminders. There's some excellent links in this thread!

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    Re: program?

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> SMBP

    Now I know you are an MP3 buff.

    OK two questions:

    1) One of the links is broken, the one for "mp3.com Top 10 product picks". If you could check it out that would be great.

    2) Do you know of any WinMX tutorials? I have started my sister on WinMX, and she is asking way too many questions. An FAQ, or even something that would describe the interface. I gave her version 3.31 of WinMX and I guess this is the latest version.

    Thanks

    Wassim
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    Re: program?

    Wassim--

    When this thread was started the link was alive. Unfortunately most of mp3.com has been shut down and the links have gone with it. I tried searching for that particular link, but couldn't come up with it. If someone can find the right web archive site, it may be located.

    mp3.com considerably reduced today
    mp3.com To Close November 14, 2003
    Google Hit List for WinMX Tutorials

    hth,

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    Re: program?

    The content of the mp3.com site has been taken over by Vivendi and is now being used for muzak. HTH
    Gre

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