View Full Version : Whats best method/prog to rip cd's

2nd December 2008, 05:11 PM
I'm about to start digtising my cd/record collection, and I'm thinking there's probably a better way to do it than just use WMP.

Any clues or tips from those who have been there ?


2nd December 2008, 05:16 PM
I havn't done it for a while but I used to use a program called CDEx (as in CD Extractor). It's a free program and will rip your CD to MP3s or WAVs and it can look up the titles of the tracks on cddb for you so you don't have to type them all out. I'm pretty sure it does the whole mp3 tagging thing as well. Plus once you figure out how the setup works, you can have it sort the CD's into folders according album artist etc. I found it to be great, but as I said, havn't done it for a while.

2nd December 2008, 05:22 PM
I use wmp and it does everything I want. (saves into artist / album folders, encodes as mp3, formats title, cover art, etc)

2nd December 2008, 05:57 PM
I use Audiograbber.. Great program.. Bitrate selection etc is totally within your control, and I think its now a freebie..!

2nd December 2008, 06:16 PM
Free for non-commercial use:


I've been using it for years. I like that it can connect to the internet and auto-tag


2nd December 2008, 07:31 PM
Definitely EAC, as Brad said. Used to be part of a 'Scene' group and they always used EAC with the "Lame" encoder (had to get LAME separately as it was apparently not legal)

It does, as the name implies, the most exact copies of the source you can get. And will give you an accuracy report at the end.

2nd December 2008, 07:34 PM
Awesome guys, thanks.

I like EAC by the looks of it, not sure if it will get album art though. (I cant make that happen yet)
Although maybe WMP could be OK as I can see no need for compression, with the price of HDD's atm.
I think I may just keep the collection in wav and reformat if and when required, i.e. I generally won't want the whole album on the ipod or mobile just a song or two and I'll convert those when the time comes.............I think :o

2nd December 2008, 07:36 PM
MediaMonkey is useful for album art :


2nd December 2008, 07:44 PM
Cheers Nige, got Media Monkey/ EAC /Lame and I'm ready to roll !!

2nd December 2008, 08:52 PM
Happy ripping / tagging :D

2nd December 2008, 08:54 PM
WMP's album art is usually so small as to be useless anyway. You want to download them separate.

also try the following for cover downloads:




2nd December 2008, 09:25 PM
old school i guess but i still use winamp with outlame...