An outstanding product works with most CD hardware


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free CD Ripper
Categories: Disk & File, CD Ripper

Pros & Cons:

Capable of transcoding one file format to another.
Requires LAME Encoder to encode MP3's.

Our Review:

CD rippers usually interact strongly with your CD hardware and so it's possible that they may not work with your particular CD drive.

If that's the case, take a look at CDex, an open-source digital audio CD extractor. While its performance with scratched CDs is not as good as Exact Audio Copy (EAC), it's still an outstanding and capable free product.

It can convert to WAV, MP3 (using the LAME Encoder available here), OGG, APE, and more.

An especially nice feature of CDex is the ability to transcode one compressed file format to another, while EAC does not have this option. It also has the feature of recording straight from analog in.

Caution! CDex contains the OpenCandy wrapped installer. See here for more information.

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