best mp3 ripping software

schmintan

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Original poster
Mar 1, 2007
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on windows i use CDex and DAC to rip mp3s from cds. i dont wana use itunes as the latest version doesnt allow use of the LAME encoder. can anyone recommend a good ripper, that also will get the album/tracknames automatically from an online database?
 

PYR0M310N

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Aug 29, 2006
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Why do you need to use LAME encoder? iTunes is very quick at ripping, and i see no reason why you wouldn't want to use it
 

schmintan

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Mar 1, 2007
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LAME encoder provides better quality mp3's( this is debatable and im not getting into it now, but its my choice). I dont like using Itunes as it has nasty little habbits about where it stores the files and stuff. i know all this can be overcome, but its so much easier and flexible with a 3rd party converter like CDEx. Those are the two reasons i dont want to use iTunes.
 

wrldwzrd89

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Jun 6, 2003
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What I would do in your situation is use iTunes to make WAV files from the CD, then use LAME to turn the WAV files into MP3s. I do something similar to this when I make MP3s, since I prefer LAME over iTunes's MP3 encoder.
 

spencecb

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Nov 20, 2003
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Why would anyone want to use a codec called LAME...I think the name is self-explanitory.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
 

killmoms

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Jun 23, 2003
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When I'm concerned with audio quality and need MP3s, I rip using xACT's cdparanoia mode (it provides a useful log output), and encode with the LAME encoder in V0 mode in X Lossless Decoder (XLD). However, for my day to day needs, I prefer ripping and encoding to 192 VBR AAC in iTunes.
 

trombone dixie

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Jul 17, 2008
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i recently starting using XLD (X Lossless Decoder) for both my ripping and encoding. so far i've been really pleased with the results of both.
 
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