Posted: February 20, 2008
Blue Cow has been doing a lot of work lately with radio clients who are archiving CD libraries to hard drive. The process of copying CD's to digital audio files is usually called CD ripping, and lately some excellent free and open source CD ripping software for Windows has appeared.
Exact Audio Copy (EAC) is a free ripper which features a copy check mechanism, in that when ripping a CD it compares the file created to a on-line archive of rips of the same track by other web users. The result is that if the rip you made differs largely from others it alerts you to possible clicks or other audio problems, which otherwise you'd only discover once the file was playing on air! EAC is configurable in every way which makes it a bit daunting for the novice but it is an amazing tool.
CDex is an award winning open source CD ripper and a little less nerdy than EAC while still being incredibly powerful. It's a great programme for the radio station production people to get Cd audio to air quickly.
Both programmes will convert to any number of compressed formats: MP3, Ogg, WMA, MP2, AAC, Flac and more. Both support automatic naming from Freedb and can write file tags of the users choosing. Brilliant!