FreeRIP MP3 Converter Basic
A really cool CD ripper, plus a converter and a tagger
Pros & Cons:
FreeRIP MP3 Converter Basic is a really cool CD ripper. It extracts audio tracks from CD to MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and OGG Vorbis. What's more? If you really need the feature, it can extract more than one track into a single audio file.
I used the same PC I used for FairStars to perform the extraction. Before that a quick word about the interface. To start with it is a little difficult to locate the encoding options: not just because of where it's positioned but because of the layout. It just seems a bit cramped.
That said, the program makes a clear distinction of whether you would like to go with a ripper, a converter or a tagger. Of course I chose the ripper and ended up with this screen.
As always I chose 44khz MP3, encoding at 320kbps. It's all in the same pane, so if you want to opt for OGG or FLAC, you can do it in a jiffy.
This took me a little longer than FairStars CD Ripper to accomplish the rip. A note on the sound quality: I found it to be a little closed as compared to the earlier rips but the vocals sound even more natural. It is quite as sharp as I would want it to be.
Apart from being a ripper, it is also a converter and a tagger which ought to enhance its usefulness, but haven't we seen all these features already? This is still rated what it's worth though.
And no crashes at all in reruns.
Caution: This application uses the Offercast APN Install Manager to install additional software you may not want. Users may wish to consider blocking this program with their firewall as it will attempt to connect to the internet when the installer is first run.
FreeRIP MP3 Converter Basic was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on