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So I was planning on setting up a RAID 0 array, but that plan went out the window and I'm now sitting here with over 1 terabyte of HDD space.

I figure I may as well rip my 100 or so CDs in a lossless format and try to take advantage of some of that space.



What program would be the best for doing that?
And which format would be the best?

Also, what program should I use to play them?

foobar? wmc? vlc?


Thanks
post #2 of 22
EAC for ripping. Here's a good guide with links and all: http://xs.vc/eac/Rip/rip1.html
Whatever you prefer for playing. I like foobar for its interface and components.

I'd rip in FLAC since it's currently the de facto (compressed) lossless standard, but there are a few competing lossless codecs that can give you a better compression ratio. HydrogenAudio has a huge comparison in their wiki: http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index....ess_comparison
Edited by heretic - 12/18/08 at 7:13pm
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Are there any more streamlined ripping programs?

EAC seems a little over the top for my needs.
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Are there any more streamlined ripping programs?

EAC seems a little over the top for my needs.
If you think that, then foobar2000 would probably be your best bet.
    
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foobar2000 has a built in ripping program? Or do I have to download a plugin?
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foobar2000 has a built in ripping program? Or do I have to download a plugin?
It does have a built-in ripper.

I also suggest giving Easy CD-DA Extractor a shot if you've already got a media player you like. It's easier to use than EAC, in my opinion, and still produces quality results.
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Not ripping with EAC is a bit like just skimming a book, instead of slowly reading and enjoying it (although some people like skimming it better). If you're gonna rip in .FLAC you might as well just rip in EAC. It doesn't take any more time than 2 minutes per CD of your own time. It will take probably 30 minutes to rip a single CD, though, and that's where multiple CD drives come in handy
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Rip with EAC or don't rip your music.

There is no better alternative. If you don't want 100% perfect loseless music, then you might as well just rip to wma since not ripping with EAC is pointless.
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Rip with EAC or don't rip your music.

There is no better alternative. If you don't want 100% perfect loseless music, then you might as well just rip to wma since not ripping with EAC is pointless.
Ripping with a non-secure program or without CRC error checks is pointless if you are looking for optimal quality, sure, but there are plenty of programs other than EAC that offer secure ripping.
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Ripping with a non-secure program or without CRC error checks is pointless if you are looking for optimal quality, sure, but there are plenty of programs other than EAC that offer secure ripping.
That's true, but of numerous different apps, I have never had as good of quality ripping with 0% errors with EAC.
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