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Old 10-24-2003, 22:36   #1 (permalink)
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Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

I've decided to throw my CD's onto my computer, makes life a bit easier than constantly changing CD's.

Anyway, I've tried Windows Media Player and Real Player converting to WMA and MP3 repectively, but they both screw up the starts and ends of songs, either too early or too late which really pisses me off...

So am I doing something wrong, or is there free software out there that does a decent job?

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Old 10-24-2003, 23:10   #2 (permalink)
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If you grab winamp I think theres a plugin for it that'll do the trick + Winamps a much better app than real player or winmedia.
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Old 10-25-2003, 00:21   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

I use AudioCatalyst. It's a 2-in-1 that comprises of AudioGrabber and the Xing MP3 Encoder.

It's an old program (1999 vintage) but it does a bloody great job. It has CDDB support and it has filters to name the files based on a specific format. Alas, it can only set the ID3v1 tags since ID3v2 tags didn't exist back then, but I don't use tags anyway so I don't mind. It also supports normalisation and can encode the MP3 upto 320 kbps.

There are others like MusicMatch and WinAmp but I like AudioCatalyst because it does what I need it to.
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

AudioCatalyst has since been taken over by the evil Real Networks empire, and the free trial only lets me rip one track at a time, not handy at all.

Anything else?
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

Evil Real networks. Winamp is the best bet IMHO.
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

I use Easy CD-DA extractor.. simple and good
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Old 10-25-2003, 03:08   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

I used to used a CD ripper from Birdcage software and it was brillant until I changed to Windows XP then it wouldn't work.

Do a search on the net for a program called Goldwave, it will do everything you want.

I use that and Easy CD creator 5 Platinum to convert all my audio files.
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

Exact Audio Copy works a treat!
then get the lame mp3 codec and put that into the EAC folder, and off you go!
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Re: Trouble converting CD's to MP3 or similar

CDex is good and its free :)

http://www.cdex.n3.net/
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CDex is good and its free :)

http://www.cdex.n3.net/

Agreed cdex is the best
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