Exact Audio Copy


Exact Audio Copy

It is outstanding in handling CD imperfections


Our rating: 

License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free CD Ripper
Categories: Disk & File, CD Ripper

Pros & Cons:

Handles CD imperfections and scratches with ease.
Requieres LAME Encoder to encode MP3's.

Our Review:

Though the other products reviewed here were capable, Exact Audio Copy (EAC) was outstanding in its ability to handle CD imperfections.

If you head over to any audio forum one of the most common tools discussed among experts would be EAC. There are so many options for editing from the command line, the list is virtually endless. If you are an audiophile, this is the ripper for you. At the same time, beginners would want to stick with some of the other rippers mentioned in this list which includes our top pick, Fairstars CD Ripper.

I recently started the long task of ripping my 1200 CDs to my hard disk. I'm now two thirds of the way through my ripping exercise. Of the 800 or so CDs ripped I've only had 7 tracks that EAC couldn't rip perfectly. Given the condition of some of my CDs, that's a mighty impressive performance.

EAC can rip to WAV, MP3 (using the LAME encoder), OGG, FLAC, APE and more. You could add any custom encoder from the Add encoder dialog in the Compression Options window.

This is one piece of software that may not require as many updates as it encourages the use of third party tools.

Additional software required: LAME Encoder - available here.

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