FairStars CD Ripper

FairStars CD Ripper is an excellent utility to rip audio from a music CD in a variety of formats.


Summary
Our Score

License Free
Link http://www.fairstars.com/cd_ripper/
Lightweight; friendly interface; ID3 tags in options; query for info; good extracted music quality; auto-rename files; no crashes or freezes.
No auto-run option; doesn’t allow to tweak settings for an output format.
Details

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 Filename 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 mode enabled under the menu Options. It turned out to be pretty nippy. Thank you!

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 extraction, you could always do this again, and it will automatically rename the files if the files exist.

I reran the program. It is very light and doesn’t crash or freeze… far from it.

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