Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by sticker, Dec 31, 2003.
Any recommendations for software to convert CD audio to MP3. I'm using XP home/pro.
Sorry, but I don't have a clue either. I am looking into this also as I am awaiting the arrival of my IRiver and will need to convert my CD collection.
Musicmatch seems quite popular. www.musicmatch.com
I tried a load of them last year and some were really cool and worked well. I think I burnt them all to a CD so I'll dig it out (if I find it) and let you know some of the programs I used.
Found the CD
AudioCatalyst : http://www.xingtech.com/products/audiocatalyst/
Audiograbber : http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net/download.html
Cakewalk Pyro : http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/Pyro/default.asp
I used Easy CD-DA Extractor V5 to convert most of my CD collection to 192kbps MP3s and found it to be fast and very easy to use.
Another vote for audiograbber.
Fast and reliable (especially reading copy protected CD's via a Pioneer A03 DVD writer drive).
Nice freedb integration to get track titles, artist, year, genre.
Can use LAME free high-quality MP3 encoder DLL internally or pre-defined call to Monkey's Audio APE encoder if you prefer to have a 600-850Kbps lossless audio library.
Haven't ever used anything but Audiograbber. Which I have never had problems with.
I personally use EAC (Exact Audio Copy) with Lame Mp3 .dll nice to get the cd track/titles from the freedb database too. I've just started to experiment with monkey audio with playback on foobar2000
I use DbPowerAmp (which uses Lame) and some people use Itunes from apple.
Both are free and XP compatible.
Audiograbber for me as well, never had a problem ever.
Thanks everyone for your recommendations.
2 questions with Audiograbber.
1) why can I not rip some tracks on a CD, some tracks have a tick against them which I can rip but other have no tick which I can't rip
2) How can I change the quality of the rip, ie a higher bit rate?
Hapy new year to everyone
The trial only allows you to select half of the tracks, you have to start the program again and it selects another half. Now this would be a pain but as from Feb 9th 2004 Audiograbber is going freeware so this restriction will be removed (or you can pay $20 for the full version now). If you click the MP3 button then a page is brought up that allows you to select which codac is used and its settings.
I use this too. It's entirely free as well as very accurate, also use the --r3mix switch on LAME for high quality VBR MP3s
Got my whole CD collection ripped !
I've got most of my collection as WAVs (for home listening) and MP3 for portable use.
I used EAC and LAME for everything - some CDs take ages to rip with EAC (it will probably be slower than most other programs, if set up properly) but its worth it for the quality of the rip.
There are many places offering EAC/LAME setup and config tips, so try a google search on them.
EAC, Monkey's Audio and Lame for me. Lossless compression for home and Lame at 192 for portable.
EAC, FLAC and Ogg for me !
FLAC with foobar2000 on the HTPC. FLAC, Ogg or MP3 on the Rio Karma ;-)
Winamp will do what you are wanting, it will convert your audio tracks to mp3. and its free.
Does recording from a quality CD player (Audio or optical) give better results with the iRiver?
In theory the better the transport the better the digital recording and the better the DAC in the CDP the better the analogue recording. In real life though it will depend on a lot of things such as the compression used (OGG, MP3 etc) and then the bit rate used, or if uncompressed (WAV) the differences could be very noticeable. Also the quality of headphones used and the enviroment in which you are listening to the recording. All things being equal I would recommend the best possible source available is used. Or better still rip the CD's on a PC with EAC & compressed with LAME (see earlier posts in this thread).
I use CDex which is free and can compress using Lame, WMA or Monkey's Audio. It also connects to CDDB to get the tracklists...
EAC and LAME (with --r3mix switch) or if you want lossless use FLAC or Monkey's Audio with EAC. But EAC everytime for ripping
EAC connects to freedb.
EAC + RazorLame (Lame with a frontend)
EAC and Lame for me too. EAC can take ages with all the checks it does, but if you are in a rush, you can easily turn these off and rip super fast.
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