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What software to convert my CD's to MP3's?

Discussion in 'Music' started by Bob McElfresh, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Well-Known Member

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    What's the best/easiest software to use to take my collection of CD's and convert them to MP3's?

    Of course I have CD Creator that can rip tracks, but then I have to manually rename "Track01.mp3" to something more sensible.

    I have seen people with WinAmp playlists and I know Apple's IPod seems to some how figure things out - but my needs are simpler.

    I just want to:

    - Pop in a CD
    - Have the software rip off all the tracks
    - Have the same software look up the names of all the songs and re-name the files

    or

    - Have the software let my type/scan in the UPC barcode and it goes to the net to get the artist/album/song and names the files to match. (Yes, I have all the original CD's and jackets).

    Ideally, each file would look like:

    Artist - Album - Song Title.mp3

    but I would be happy if I just got the song title automatically.

    I know there is lots of shareware stuff, but I would be willing to go out and buy a CD Catalog software package for $50 or so if that would be more automated.

    So what is popular/works well for this?
     
  2. BrianB

    BrianB Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I use EAC, which is freeware, on the PC. When combined with the "LAME" plugin, it generates great quality mp3s.

    It will do all of the above. One thing to note, the databases of CDs online aren't exhaustive or perfect, so you may occasionally have to type in the details yourself.

    With EAC, you've got complete flexibility on what naming scheme/folder hierarchy you want to use.
     
  3. Michael K Hill

    Michael K Hill Active Member

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    Bob,
    MusicMatch is the software you want.
    It will do everything you ask and best of all...it's free.

    www.musicmatch.com
     
  4. MikeMeehan

    MikeMeehan Well-Known Member

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    another vote for musicmatch here.
     
  5. Todd Schnell

    Todd Schnell Well-Known Member

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    I'll 2nd Brian, & especially if audio quality is a priority, EAC & Lame is the way to go. May be a bit confusing at first to set up, but very easy to use there after.

    Here is a quick set up guide.
    http://www.ping.be/satcp/cd2mp3-en.htm

    Also here is a very nice freeware tagging program that may be of interest. http://www.id3-tagit.de/
    I'm still using an old version 2.something, but I have not
    found a tagging program that I like better.

    Todd
     
  6. Ken Seeber

    Ken Seeber Well-Known Member

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    EAC and LAME provide the flat-out best sound quality, and they're free. Yes, it's tricky to set up initially, but then it's idiot proof after that.

    When I'm home later I'll post some good resources, including a "profile" to load in EAC to automatically put your settings where they need to be.
     
  7. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Well-Known Member

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    Cool. Thanks guys. [​IMG]

    I am a little worried about MusicMatch - it came on some computers and it was almost like a virus/tickler - hard to get rid of it.
     
  8. Dustin Harrison

    Dustin Harrison Well-Known Member

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    ElevSkyMovie Well-Known Member

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    I like CDex. It's free and can be found at downloads.com.
     
  10. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for CDex: http://www.cdex.n3.net/

    This free program combines high-quality ripping with the Lame encoder (superior to the encoder found in MusicMatch, IMO) with greater user-friendliness than the EAC/Lame combination.

    If you choose CDex, make sure to read the brief but excellent user's guide at http://home.iprimus.com.au/alexanderino/cdex/

    Happy encoding. [​IMG]
     
  11. robertLP

    robertLP Well-Known Member

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    What about for Mac users? Any recommendations besides iTunes?
     
  12. EricSchulz

    EricSchulz Well-Known Member

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    I have used Musicmatch for about five years and would never part with it!
     
  13. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Well-Known Member

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    CDEX
    CDEX
    CDEX
    CDEX

    Used it to do my whole collection, used R3Mix present, can do file name templates like you said, fuckin' rules. Gets data from CDDB, one click, and one click to rip.

    I do mine as Artist/Year - Title/Track# - Title. Works wonderfully- creates the file names and does the ID3 tags for year, genre, whatever (useful for id3 exclusive players like the ipod!)

    Has customizable jitter detection (very cool method in fact)-- will let you know if you got a clean rip- uses LAME as it's encoder (but can be configured to use other stuff)-- has the excellent R3Mix VBR preset as an option in the encoder settings, sweet. Perfect.

    Can also rip to straight wav, or convert existing wav/mp3 using it's internal LAME based engine. Wonderfully simple UI, perfect.

    Nothing better, period. If you want instructions on exactly how to configure nce you d/l, just post what you wanna do and i'll give instructions.

    Perfect.

    FREE
    FREE
    FREE
    FREE

    [​IMG]

    -V
     
  14. John Wes

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    CDex is a very good ripper but if you have any scratched or even CD's with a lot of pressing problems....then EAC just does a better job of extracting those hard to rip CDs.

    As far as a compression program..aka mp3 type...there is only one that's been worked on to get the best quality out of your rips. LAME...The work that's gone into this encoder is like no other.

    For me,if I'm going to make an mp3, it's EAC and LAME.

    If I have my druthers, I'd rather use MPC.
     
  15. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Well-Known Member

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    cdex!!!

    it's *literally* the only program i use. it's simple, fast, and free. i've never had a single problem with it. i just love that bleepin' program....
     
  16. Neil White

    Neil White Well-Known Member

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    Okay Vince, can you let me/us know the key settings you use for ripping a CD? I followed the link given in this thread which is very useful and I just want to compare what you do. For example, following the other instructions, overall bit rate is high meaning higher quality but larger files. I always though 192 got you good results but these are coming out at 500+ (average from the VBR encoding I believe).

    Thanks
     
  17. Daniel_S

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    DBpowerAmp is the best, HANDS DOWN. Ok? Absolutely no argument.
     
  18. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Well-Known Member

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    Neil:

    I know you weren't asking me for my CDex settings, but here they are anyway:

    Ripping method: Paranoia, Full

    Encoder: Lame MP3 Encoder (version 1.32, engine 3.90 MMX)
    Quality: --alt-preset standard (bitrate min 128 kbps/max 320 kpbs), on-the-fly encoding
    VBR Quality: VBR 2
    Output Samplerate: Auto

    I find that these VBR settings provide a good compromise between file size and file quality. If you have any other questions, let us know.
     
  19. Neil White

    Neil White Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Angelo!

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