I have decided that I'm going to rip my cds to the computer in a lossless format so that if I ever decide to switch lossy formats in the future I'll be able to encode the songs without ripping from the actual cds again. I planned on using itunes and ripping my music to apple lossless since this gives smaller file sizes than other lossless formats and is compatible with itunes and my ipod. I've heard that some people don't use itunes ti rip their cds into apple lossless, they use EAC instead. I've never used EAC and am by no means an expert on it so I just know that it has really nifty error correction and reads a damaged sector of a cd repeatedly to get as much information as possible. My question: is it really worth it to use EAC instead of itunes to rip my cds to apple lossless? It seems like a lot more effort than just using the encoder in itunes. My cds are all in pretty good condition with some having some minor scratches, smudges. I'd like great quality lossless files, but is EAC really going to make much, if any, difference at all?