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MaynardKrebs
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Anything better than iTunes for ripping lossless?

Are there any better apps to use to rip music into lossless format (WAV, AIFF, FLAC) than using iTunes?

By better I mean creating a better quality ripped file.


e_dub
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Exact Audio Copy -> »www.exactaudiocopy.de/

I didn't iTunes ripped FLAC

MaynardKrebs
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It doesn't


Hall
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Most apps out there actually just use the same common "plug-ins" (they'll either make you download/install them yourself and look for them when you run the app or they'll include a copy). If that's the case, the quality won't change between apps -- it's just the interface, which is easiest to use, and so on.

I've used EAC (Exact Audio Copy) for years and a few others, including iTunes (I rip to 256k + MP3).


darcilicious
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Third thumbs up for EAC, especially once you've calibrated it.


StyxKee

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reply to MaynardKrebs
If you are running Windows OS, then you can try the freeware CueTools

»www.cuetools.net/wiki/Main_Page

robbin
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reply to MaynardKrebs
Another vote for Exact Audio Copy for ripping FLAC.


dib22

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reply to MaynardKrebs
I have used windows media player for a very very long time... it creates WMA Lossless.

My current library is around 250GB

The downside is WMA Lossless isn't universal... but it sure sounds like the original while saving a bit of space.


darcilicious
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Wait, by definition, either a rip is lossless or it's not. If it's lossless, how do you improve the quality?
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robbin
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By making sure the copy was exact? If the reading of the CD is flawed, then even if it is lossless it may not be of the highest quality. Isn't that why a good copy program can sample multiple times? Never tried with iTunes, but doubt there are many user settings.


darcilicious
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Ah, that's why hubby won't rip until EAC has been fully calibrated against a "known CD" from "the list". Thanks!
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Jehu
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reply to MaynardKrebs
EAC all the wav


Vchat20
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reply to MaynardKrebs
Another vote for EAC. Set it up right (which isn't that difficult to do) and it will get the best results you can accomplish, period. Set up in secure mode, calibrate/verify the drive with a known AccurateRip disc, boom. Good to go.


Count Zero
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reply to MaynardKrebs
If you are on a Mac checkout Max
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