Audio & video software forum: Advice needed for ripping a huge music CD collection

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) January 11, 2008 8:43 AM PST

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Advice needed for ripping a huge music CD collection

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 1/11/08 8:43 AM

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Hello everyone,
I am a longtime subscriber to several CNET newsletters but this is the first time I've submitted a question. I have a massive (1,000 plus) CD music collection and I have ripped many individual tracks from many of these CD's for my MP3 player. I have used Windows Media Player, iTunes, and other programs to rip the tracks, but I would like to start ripping ALL the tracks from my ENTIRE music collection. My question is, before I take on such a time-consuming project like this, I could use some advice on the BEST free or paid program to rip the CD's. What is the best format, bit rate, and/or other settings that will give me the best balance between sound quality and file size. I want the program to be able to do file naming, auto tagging, look-up, and download the album art, and do reports for collection management print outs. I look forward to reading all your answers and starting this digital music project. Thanks!

--Submitted by Dan M.

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