Well, VLC is close to being a universal player and has a Mac version. It plays multi-channel sources on my PC and I would think it would do so on a Mac. Ripping is another matter and I'm not familiar with what is currently available on the Mac. I use DVD-Audio Extractor along with other ripper's on my PC. I don't use VLC for much besides video, Foobar is my player of choice but isn't available for the Mac.