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Ripping entire CD as one WAV or MP3?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by KraGorn, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. KraGorn

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    I've used a variety of rippers in my time, currently I use Winamp5 because I like it's media playing and I got sick of MusicMatch's incessent phone-homes .. anyhow, point being none of those I've used would rip a CD as one single file, they all insist on creating one file per track. This means that for many CDs any track which cross-fades into the next gets a 'blip' when the files change in the player, except for Winamp which does cross-fade but that's sort of artificial.

    Does a ripper exist which rips a CD into a single file? Ideally it'd be nice to be able to get a WAV or MP3 but I'll settle for anything to start with. :)

    Oh yes, one other requirement would be that the resulting files are playable by a Squeezebox, which can handle .WAV and .MP3s among others.
     
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    All you need is the gapless plugin for winamp and you can play a cd of many tracks so that they appear as one. If you pm me an email address I can mail it to you if you dont find it easily. I'm using it with winamp 2.8 (ish) and haven't tried it on anything newer.
     
  3. KraGorn

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    Thanks for that John, however I'm wanting to play the rips with a Squeezebox so I need to be able to record seamlessly.
     
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    Do a search for a program called AlbumWrap, this program will allow you to 'stitch together' all your individual MP3's into one big file :)

    Should prove just what your looking for.
     
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    Thanks, I've just had a peek and it's not clear if the combined file is playable as a single MP3 or not, or is it just a simplistic archiver? Will have to experiment.
     
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    Albumwrap does let you play the combined file as one mp3.
    Not sure how.
     
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    Kragorn

    Use Audiograbber (freeware - yay! :clap: ).

    Select the "Copy Image and Create Cue Sheet - Compressed" option to create one big .mp3 file based on your setup preferences, or the "Uncompressed" option to make one big .wav file.

    As mentioned by dgc you can then use musicutter to split them .mp3 or .wav into the separate tracks, or indeed join such split files back into one big file again.

    Hope this helps

    dr_m
     
  9. KraGorn

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    dr_m:

    many thanks for that link .. I have a feeling I've heard of that app. before but there are so many MP3 rippers that it gets tiring browsing their descriptions to see if it does the slightly more specialised ripping I'm looking for.

    dgc:

    Appreciate that link too .. not for the task I'm wanting to do immediately but that MP3 manipulator could well be useful for something else I'm doing.


    Thanks for all the suggestions .. easier than trawling endless programs on Tucows et. al.

    :smashin:
     
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    "Specialised Ripping" aside, Audiograbber will rip to any bitrate you want (or variable) into one .mp3 or .wav file that is playable in most apps (haven't got or tried the one you mention, but all the mp3's I've made with audiograbber have played on everything I've tried).
    I messed for ages trying to find a ripper that would do this, as I was coverting mix CDs, and they sound just crap with a "gap". Trouble is, the actual mp3 file structure adds a tiny "gap" itself, so going to one file and slpitting is the only way I've found to get these tracks to play seamlessly.

    Cheers

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    SqueezeBox is a network device that plays MP3s and WAVs off a PC and out through an SPD/IF to an amp .. it means one can play PC-based music without the need to actually use a PC. It's presumably based on Linux or some other free O/S with GPL media player.
     
  12. MarkE19

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    I use EAC (Exact Audio Copy) and compress to MP3 with Lame. Full download and setup details for these 2 free progs can be found Here
    EAC has the feature of ripping a CD as an Image file - that is the whole CD as one MP3 (or WAV if not compressed). Great quality rips, but not the quickest.

    Mark.
     

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