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    Need recommendation: good software to rip music CDs

    Hi,
    I have decided (or better my wife...) that having 400+ CDs around in the living room was not the best design statement, so I now want to copy all of them on an external harddrive (as mp3) and run my music from there and store the CDs in the basement.
    As there are quite a lot of CDs, I look for a fairly efficient software that
    1. gives good quality
    2. finds the album / song name etc. info directly from the internet
    3. gives good names to the files and the album
    Basically I want something where I just throw the CD in the drive, click a button and in a couple of minutes the MP3 are ready in a folder on the harddrive.

    Before someone suggests it: I know, Itunes can do this, but then the files are saved with some funny name and not very usuable, other than on an Ipod. So I would prefer another software, preferable freeware.

    Thanks in advance for all advice, rep will of course be left.

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    dbpoweramp

    audiograbber

    google.co.uk/

    why not just use windows media player??

    coerce86;8753004

    why not just use windows media player??



    Yep! :thumbsup:

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    coerce86;8753004

    why not just use windows media player??


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    csiman;8754130

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    +3 :thumbsup:

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    Boogie83e;8754185

    +3 :thumbsup:



    -1.

    Another vote for Windows Media Player for me. It can't be easier - just put the disc in and wait five minutes for it to eject. In between times, it will have looked up the CD, found all the tracks and artist info and cover detail, downloaded it all, and copied all the audio to disk. The only interraction you need is setting it up at the beginning, and swapping discs in and out. Don't even need the monitor turned on.

    Although, one point to argue - do it in WAV, not MP3. MP3's lossy, so you lose sound quality, whereas WAV is a perfect replica of what's on the disc. In days gone by it would be prohibatively disk-consuming, but nowadays, harddrives cost peanuts. 400 full-length CDs is a maximum of 700MB each, which works out at 280GB for the entire collection, tops. Probably less than even 200GB. That's about £15 worth of disk space, which is ******-all.
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