What’s the ‘best’ CD ripper?

Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo December 22, 2012
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Now, I know that saying ‘best’ might be a bit wrong, considering there’s probably no ‘best’ CD ripper, but I would like to know which software/program would be best to rip songs off a CD in good quality, i.s. FLAC or mp3.

Here on MakeUseOf I’ve tried to find an answer, but it gave me a list of various options, rather than a decisive decision.

On the Best of Windows Software The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More page I see CDex and Exact Audio Copy.
An article 3 Best Dead Simple Programs To Rip CDs [Windows] Read More suggests CDex as well, but also iTunes, fre:ac and in commentary WMP and EAC.

Which would you guys suggest for good quality files?

  1. Robert Kügel
    February 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    When it comes to easy-of-use and quality I would choose Helium Audio Ripper and rip to FLAC. http://www.imploded.com/products/helium-audio-ripper.aspx

  2. Jagbir Sembhi
    January 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I use iTunes its not the best but it works and its free and almost everybody has it.

  3. Justin Ellenwood
    January 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Itunes or Windows Media Player. They both rip just as good as the other options out there, and chances are you already have both on your computer. Why install extra software that you don't need. Also use whichever one you have your media library in already. I say this because it will rip the songs and add them directly to your library.

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    December 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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  5. Jane Franklin
    December 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I would vote for the Aneesoft DVD ripper, it can extract audio from DVD and CD, I used it to convert my videos and extract audios from my DVDs, cds. the speed and quality are OK.

  6. Tom tomtom
    December 26, 2012 at 1:53 am

    It depend if your a computer geek or not.
    EAC is the best but is not easy to configure.
    Easy CD-DA extractor if your a newbie because it's really easy to configure.
    On WIndows XP there is the old Audiograbber wich is really good.
    ;-) Good luck

  7. Hazin Shereef
    December 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Use ashampoo burning studio,

    its easy to create a multimedia disk using ashampoo burning studio..
    i think this is helpful to u

  8. Er Singh
    December 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm


  9. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Exact Audio Copy is the standard for rippers. It's capable to rip the disc with the highest quality possible.

  10. Vishal Mishra
    December 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

    "The best CD ripper", by this i think you mean the best user-friendly interface, because the quality of the CD written 'mostly' depends on 'the CD' itself and the CD-writer (i.e CD drive) you are using. Not making the answer too long here are 2 softwares .

    If you want to burn CDs you can use InfraRecorder ( http://infrarecorder.org ) because it's very easy to use and free. It also supports recording to dual-layer DVDs.

    If you want to make images and mount image you can use Virtual CloneDrive, again it's easy to use, free and does not require restart of the system. ( http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html ) on MUO:- ( //www.makeuseof.com/tag/extend-the-life-of-your-optical-discs-with-iso-backups-virtual-clone-drive/ )

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    December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

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  12. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Mp3 use Windows Mediaplayer rip. Or use the jetaudio

  13. Jan Fritsch
    December 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Unless you are more specific about what you want to do or use the ripped files for you won't get a decisive answer here either.

    If you just want to store (backup) them to your hard drive use FLAC. It's a free lossless codec and files will compress to about 50-60% of it's original size which is about 10MB per minute of stereo audio.

    If you use an iPhone/iPod you already have your answer in front of you: Use iTunes to rip the CDs and use either the Apple LossLess encoder or AAC with the iTunes Plus setting.

    What you have to keep in mind is that not all software and hardware players support all formats. For example the above examples only make sense if the "things" you use support them.

    mp3 for example is widely supported so this would be an option too if you are unsure about the future of the files or want highest compatibility. If you use the LAME mp3 encoder at 256bit VBR you get decent audio files too ~ not lossless but small in file size with good quality.

    Examples on which software to use can be found on both projects homepage:

    • Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
      December 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for answering.
      I suppose I should have been more clear on that. I think I'd like a good general idea of like, one which would be good for sharing(so apparently, mp3, since it has best compatibility) and storage(which would mean FLAC?).

      Also, an answer(by Kishan Makadia) below also added an interesting question.
      Is there something I should look at besides getting the files I want?

      • Jan Fritsch
        December 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

        As for storage FLAC will use the most hard drive space but therefor you'll get the best quality out of it. A high quality mp3 is usually <10MB wherein a FLAC will be anywhere between 10-30MB.

        I wouldn't really be too worried about cataloging sorting and stuff as there are very capable tools to do so. First thing that comes to mind is MusicBrainz Picard. It creates a fingerprint of the song, compares it to a huge database and then suggests you which album, artist and song it is. It also has a setting to automatically sort things into a folder hierarchy. You can even get the information from the CD you just ripped if it's stored on it.

        I agree that an all in one application would be the best but so far I have only used iTunes with LAME to rip CDs and it's results in terms of properly tagging and stuff were mixed.

        In comparison I used MusicBrainz on my old library (or collection) of music and it identified songs I didn't even know I had.

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