Control ripped CD for skips

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bushi, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. bushi macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    I would like to rip my entire CD collection to iTunes but have a question. There are some CD's that are scratched and are causing my CD player to 'skip'. Is there a way to check for these skips in tracks ripped by iTunes? It's obvious that listening to each ripped track isn't an option because of the amount of CD's.

    Any thoughts?
  2. atoothelex macrumors member


    Mar 13, 2008
    i know where your coming from. I rip lots of CDs (some scratched) to iTunes. 2 things you should do. one, buy a skip dr. from the company digital innovations. It's the only thing that works at repairing disc scratches. and two, make sure error correction is turned on in the iTunes options. It should work for you!
  3. Dragn macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2008
    If you have access to a Windows PC, use a freeware ripper called Exact Audio Copy (aka EAC) to rip your CDs. It contains a number of internal codecs and supports any external codec but I suspect Apple has the AAC codec locked down to iTunes so your only viable choice might be MP3.

    EAC is a little tricky to set up at first because it's very flexible, but it's worth it. I've had a few CDs that were very scratched and skipped in any player I put them in. EAC will take a long time re-scanning and analyzing, so ripping a badly scratched track may take upwards of 20 minutes...but it WILL do an amazing job of recovering the audio and tell you to what % it was able to rip the track accurately. If there are no scratches it's as fast as any other program out there so it will deal with all situations.

    I've used many other programs which happily rip audio and on scratched tracks they will just result in blips and beeps and tell you they completed successfully. EAC is the only program I've run into that actually checks the quality as it rips and goes into deeper and deeper analysis to recover as much as possible and then always reports what it finds.

    I refuse to use anything else.

    If you want to try it, let me know and I can post some helpful links...
  4. Lunchbox16 macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2008
    +1 on EAC. I've been looking for a Mac equivalent for years, but none has surfaced. Use error correction if you're using iTunes, but for the best ripping results, EAC is the top program you can get. I've used EAC for years and have no complaints.

  5. bushi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Thanks for the input. I think I'll give EAC a try. I wonder if there's a way to check if correction is needed. In other words to check if a CD is skip-free or not? Any thoughts?
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Any idea whether it works with Bootcamp and/or Parallels (for people who don't have a PC around)?

    AAC should be available; if not you can probably rip to WAV and then convert to AAC on the Macintosh.

    Actually, when I ripped my collection, I had a Mac and a PC and used them in parallel. Twice the speed :)

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