A while back I posted this thread regarding major problems I had encountered with CD Playback from iTunes: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=613838 I had opted to use dBpowerAMP Reference (DBPA) as my ripping software and I experienced some problems after I'd been toying with a number of players (MediaMonkey and Foobar etc). The problem was when playing a CD directly back through iTunes. Not something I usually do but I use iTunes to load the songs I rip to FLAC and then convert to MP 3 Lame with DBPA. I noticed one day that when I played a CD direct through iTunes the playback speed was slow, the track sounded echoey and full of clicks and loads of interference. As MediaMonkey had crashed on me a few days before, causing a major blue screen lock-up, I put it down to that. Despite uninstall and re-install of iTunes etc nothing I could do removed the problem and, while I don't play back through iTunes, I didn't want the cause of this problem to be messing up something somewhere else. Ultimately I had to do a 'System Restore' to a time before ANY of these rippers/players were installed. The problem then sorted itself. Since then I have only loaded DBPA. Taking it step at a time I installed DBPA, loaded in the codecs I use, ripped a few CDs, each time checking the CD playback of iTunes and it was working fine. Last night however the problem arose again. Clearly it is not MediaMonkey or Foobar. While it may not be the cause of the problem, I noticed it after DBPA couldn't identify a few tracks from an album at first. I double clicked the track inadvertently and it started to play back from the CD through DBPA wrong with the same problems that iTunes had, but worse. Windows Media Player plays the whole album fine. On selecting iTunes the CD playback was 'broken' again. Now I'm still not sure whether it is DBPA that has caused this but nothing else on the PC has changed. All was working fine, including iTunes and CD playback after ripping with DBPA but it SEEMS that since inadvertently playing back through DBPA something has gone wrong. Not being too sure of the relationship with the various pieces of software, the PC and codecs etc I'm wondering if: a) On playing back with DBPA a codec or software relationsnhip has been created which doesn't work and with which iTunes is not compatible? b) Whether the problem had crept in before and I just didn't notice it? c) Whether I could fix by changing codecs or settings somewhere? d) Whether there is something I need to set in DBPA which might prevent or fix this? It may or may not be DBPA, it may be my PC but unless I can fix this I may have to resign myself to unistalling DBPA and using another ripping and converting software as I'm not really happy that this problem is arising. If I have to fix again by a system restore I doubt I'll load DBPA again as, after time, other programmes wil be installed after it and I can't be bothered to keep re-installing. I'd like to fix this if I could because while Im quite happy using EAC I do like the album art/embedding capability of DBPA and, while I know I could do this with yet another programme, I have to say that ripping and filing music to me is a real chore and something I want to get over and done with ASAP. DBPA does the lot, inlcuding converting from FLAC to MP3 and sorting the filing without the need for another 8 pieces of software and another 8 tasks to do. I suppose I could just live with it and just never try playing CD through iTunes but somehow the PC has developed a problem and Im not sure what affect that problem might have on other apps in the future so I think it best to fix it. If it is DBPA and hitting playback I don't realy want to risk the fact that I might mistakenly do it again and encounter the same problem. It's a ******* nuisance though!!! Any comments/thoughts appreciated.