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    Best CD Ripper for Mac?

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    Best CD Ripper for Mac?
    just wondering what people use for ripping cds on their macs besides itunes.

    thanks in advance.

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    Best CD Ripper for Mac?

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    Itunes is pretty much it for me ... if you want a higher quality encoder you can always install the Lame Encoder for iTunes ....



    There may be some incompatabilities with using the Lame Encoder with iTunes 7.1 and later, I'm not so sure about whether this is across the board or if it's even a known bug ....

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    Best CD Ripper for Mac?

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    Can you rip as waves with i-tunes?

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    Yeah, go to iTunes ~> Preferences ~> Advanced ~> Importing, and set it to
    "Import Using":

    AAC Encoder
    AIFF Encoder
    Apple Lossless Encoder
    WAV Encoder

    When you are in the iTunes Library, right-click on any song and from the Contextual Menu select whichever option is showing:


    As my Import Encoder is set to mp3, this option is showing for me

    When you're done, just set the pref back to what you would like to use generally when you import stuff into iTunes.


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    I can't imagine anyone would have bothered looking for a CD ripping program let alone using one when iTunes does everything perfectly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukeh View Post
    I can't imagine anyone would have bothered looking for a CD ripping program let alone using one when iTunes does everything perfectly...
    There are a LOT of people out there that HATE iTunes for some reason. I am not one of them by the way and have been using it since the very first iTunes for Windows came out and slightly after that when I got my first Power Mac and 10.2.

    That is the only reason I can think of why someone would look for something else as for everything I do, iTunes does it and does it well for me at least and I am quite a picky person.

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    Really? I know people who use Windows and hate iTunes... but no Mac users. Not personally at least. Macs are kinda rare in Australia =P
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    Best CD Ripper for Mac?

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    It's common. not only her, many people,

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    iTunes rips are horrible, use a program with LAME 3.97 embedded.
    I use NMP3 Ripper.
    iTunes rips at 128 kb/s, whereas LAME 3.97 can rip at around 320kb/s VBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindGame2K6 View Post
    iTunes rips are horrible, use a program with LAME 3.97 embedded.
    I use NMP3 Ripper.
    iTunes rips at 128 kb/s, whereas LAME 3.97 can rip at around 320kb/s VBR.
    Lame is a great encoder but you say iTunes stock only rips at 128k. Here is STOCK iTunes, MP3 at 320K and AAC at 320k. This is stock. Nothing else installed. Just showing for to prove it goes much higher than 128k.
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    Yeah, itunes will rip at 320kpbs as dtravis said...the way to get the best possible mp3 quality is to go to Preferences-->Advanced-->Importing-->Import Using: MP3 Encoder...Setting: CUSTOM. Choose the highest possible sample rate (48.000 kHz). Do not select Smart Encoding Adjustments, and do not select Filter Frequencies below 10Hz.

    I believe that is the best way if using itunes, although LAME IS generally considered to be a much better encoder.
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    Why would you use 48 Khz to rip CDs? CDs use 44.1, so ripping them at 48 won't improve the audio quality, it will just take up more disk space.

    I understand that a lot of people hate iTunes, I hated it at first but that was because of the way it displays your tracks, but then I figured out how to display things differently. I do still hate the fact that it creates copies of audio files in the iTunes folder. Programs like Media Monkey manage to keep track of your 'library' without doing that. Also while it works fine on Macs it runs terribly on Windows.

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    Again check this pic. Uncheck "Copy Files to ITunes Music Folder when adding to Library" and it will not create a copy of your audio files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidcow View Post
    Why would you use 48 Khz to rip CDs? CDs use 44.1, so ripping them at 48 won't improve the audio quality, it will just take up more disk space.
    Because I was talking about ripping as mp3, not .wav. If you are going to rip as an mp3 file, which is already a lossy format, encoding at the highest sample rate will result in higher quality. If you are ripping as .wav, then yes, ripping at a higher sample rate than the original CD is pointless and will only take up more disc space. In that case you should use .wav encoder and keep the settings automatic. It will then rip at the same rate as the source.
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    I sometimes rip in Apple Lossless Audio format. Works perfectly (and even on the iPod). Much better than doing all that configuration for FLAC....

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