Whats a good MP3 Ripper

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  1. VegetaPunk macrumors 6502

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    I want to rip my CD Collection to MP3s on my mac (OS X 10.2.4) and I wanted to know a good ripping program It doesnt seem like there are any out there and suggestions....


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  3. VegetaPunk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :confused: How do you do it in itunes....If its through import I dont think it will let me for some reason.....
     
  4. Freg3000 macrumors 68000

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    Going on the assumption (which means I have to be wrong :), I'd venture to say that you will be using iTunes to listen to your msuic collection. Since that is true, I'd just use iTunes to rip all the CDs because they'll all go straight into iTunes and its respctive directories.

    iTunes just works. It a great app.

    (Sorry if you were asking for a ripping app other than iTunes, I couldn't tell from your question.)

    Edit: I see you say that you are having problems with using the "import" feature. What's up?
     
  5. VegetaPunk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOW i feel stupid now

    I was under the impression that you couldnt rip with itunes It never gave me the option UNTIL I selected a track(s) on the CD but thanks for the help guys...
     
  6. beatle888 macrumors 68000

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    check your preferences inside the itunes application under the edit menu, you can have itunes rip everytime you insert a cd if you want. also you can set the quality of the rip.
     
  7. comrade macrumors regular

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    No problem. I hit those rough spots every now and then. : )
     
  8. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    posting the same thread in multiple forums ain't wise...
     
  9. scem0 macrumors 604

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    I wouldn't recommend ripping at a high bit rate, because ripping
    a CD could take up mucho hard drive space.

    Also - iTunes 4 is probably going to come out soon enough. It
    will rip songs into AAC (mp4) instead of mp3, which means even
    better quality at smaller file sizes. So you might want to wait
    till iTunes 4 comes out before ripping all your CDs to save HD
    space, and to have better quality songs.
     
  10. comrade macrumors regular

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    If you got the space and you aren't ripping thousands of cd's, it's probably worth it to get the better sound. And then you can also set variable bit rate. I have not actually tried this but I'm assuming you can set a cutoff highest bitrate which might let you get better quality for the same or less disk space. Mp4 is exciting news. Do you think its possible to compress mp3 into mp4? I don't want to re rip my entire collection but for the space it may be worth it. Although right now its not a problem. Just hitting about 10 gigs.
     
  11. szark macrumors 68030

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    Possible: of course.

    Recommended: definitely not.

    Both are lossy compression formats. When you compress an mp3 into an mp4/aac, you will lose even more sound quality.
     
  12. comrade macrumors regular

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    Had a feeling that would be the answer... Well, I just got done reading Apple's site about mpeg-4, but didn't see that much information on the audio aspect and why the quality is better. If anyone has any links to further info, please share. :)
     
  13. alset macrumors 65816

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    This link will teach you more than you probably wanted to know, and when you're done you will be able to look smugly down your nose at MP3 with confidence in MP4.

    http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~lazzaro/sa/

    Also try

    http://www.mpeg.org/MPEG/index.html

    Dan
     

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