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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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Best CD Ripper For OS X

Hi, looking to put all my music cd's onto my mac's external hard drive and I'm wondering what would be the best program to do that with? I know iTunes can do it however, I want total control over which directory the music is ripped to and what the song titles and names are. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 01:36 PM   #2
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iTunes can do exactly that. It goes online to find track names, and rips each CD into it's own folder. You can change the folder in the preferences, or write a simple applescript to move them.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:03 PM   #3
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I agree, use iTunes. As a note, if for some reason iTunes cannot find the names for the songs on the cd, once it is ripped you can go in and edit everything about the different tracks.
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:21 AM   #4
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Well leaving out the control freak thing, Itunes itself is a horrible ripper for audio. I am very picky when it comes to audio quality. You should use Max (http://sbooth.org/Max). It supports CD paranoia for error correcting, and set the quality to Mp3. For the options, Encoder Quality set it to Custom. Encoder target to Quality, engine quality High, stereo mode Default, slide the quality all the way to the top. Birate mode - Fast or standard, whichever you want. Select ok, and you are done. Enjoy, and stop using Itunes for ripping people!!!!!!
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #5
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Audiophiles don't do MP3...

Real Audiophiles don't do digital at all, unless their CD player comes with a separate DAC, and even then, it will be routed through a Tube Amp, or a high end solid-state amp from the 70's, like a McIntosh, Marantz, a B&O, etc...

iTunes can handle everything the OP wishes. If quality is of supreme importance, the tracks should be imported as AIFF - which is an image of the original.

FLAC is an emerging open standard, but iTunes does not support it - but a utility like XLD is entirely acceptable, and can convert FLAC to AIFF (or whatever).
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #6
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Funny I didn't claim to be an audiofile, I said I was picky. Itunes IS a horrible ripper always has been always will be. I had to rip a few xmas cds the other day, low and behold, using itunes it contained clicks and blips. Downloaded max and it ripped everything crystal clear.

If you want to start a flame war to get a hard-on, go ahead, I am just offering a suggestion to someone that was looking for help.



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Audiophiles don't do MP3...

Real Audiophiles don't do digital at all, unless their CD player comes with a separate DAC, and even then, it will be routed through a Tube Amp, or a high end solid-state amp from the 70's, like a McIntosh, Marantz, a B&O, etc...

iTunes can handle everything the OP wishes. If quality is of supreme importance, the tracks should be imported as AIFF - which is an image of the original.

FLAC is an emerging open standard, but iTunes does not support it - but a utility like XLD is entirely acceptable, and can convert FLAC to AIFF (or whatever).
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #7
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XLD (X Lossless Decoder) for lossless ripping.
Max for its range of supported formats (and converting FLAC to Mac-friendly AAC lossless format)

I like and use both. Also consider trying xACT, which gets good reviews too.
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Since everyone is going to get different mileage from each suggestion, I'll just say that I've never had a pop, click or other audio issue when ripping with iTunes. Sound quality is going to depend on your personal choice of settings.

I too am picky. Not a perfectionist, purist or audiophile but I do like my various types of music and strive to build my home audio systems to produce the best sound possible for my tastes. iTunes fits in just fine with the right settings.
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I find that iTunes, using AAC set to a high bitrate, is virtually indistinguishable from the source.

I never liked iTunes' MP3 ripper (Frauhofer?), so I used to use a LAME ripper set to a high bitrate and the difference was quite noticeable. But since AAC came about, MP3's weak points seem more pronounced. Try a track with a lot of high-hat drum and you'll see what I mean.
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