FairStars CD Ripper
An excellent utility to rip audio from a music CD in a variety of formats
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FairStars CD Ripper is the best ripper on our list. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
FairStars CD Ripper is an excellent utility to rip audio from a music CD in a variety of formats including WMA, MP3, FLAC, OGG, APE, WAV and the not so common VQF.
In contrast iTunes wouldn't allow support for open source codecs such as OGG.
What pleasantly surprised me was that FairStars CD Ripper doesn't feature an autorun option. This means that you can pop in an audio CD and expect to rip without launching the program directly. Although this can be a short toe, it wouldn't really bother the average user who would have a handy desktop shortcut.
The program doesn't allow a user to tweak the settings for an output format on the same pane; you have to click on options and then browse down to the required format in the tree and adjust settings there.
It allows you to query for info. The button is nicely placed. This can be a life saver! It also allows you to enable ID3 tags in options.
Let me now go into the details of my extraction. I have a Realtek HD sound card... not very high end and ripped at 320kbps in MP3 format, Constant Bit Rate, 44khz sampling rate. Again the extract button is nicely placed and follows up in a nice order to the buttons from the left.
There's an 'output file name preview' if you're interested.
My desktop has a Core i7 processor and I was done with ripping in around 3 minutes, which is a good speed. I used the encode with high speed option under options. Turned out to be pretty nippy. Thank you!
Another very amusing fact is that it chose to rip into a separate 'My Music' folder in my 'Local' drive rather than the regular 'My Music' folder in 'My Documents'. This can be a good thing. I can always check on the quality of the ripped music before I finally move everything into my 'My Music' folder to sync with my iPod. Most CD rippers do this anyway.
The quality of the extracted music is very good and up to what is expected. The music sounds natural; there are no alterations. The volume level can be adjusted again in options, although I didn't find it necessary for the CD I was ripping.
If you're unhappy with the the extraction you could always do this again and if the files exist it will automatically rename the files.
I reran the program. It is very light and doesn't crash or freeze... far from it.
FairStars CD Ripper was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on