Originally Posted by zbrett
All kinds of them: http://blowfish.be/eac/
DBPoweramp is a little more user friendly, and does perfect rips. It isn't free, but it does allow you something like 14 days of full use.
Thanks for the info. I just finished reading through this entire thread. I think dBpoweramp is well worth the price of admission to me.
A few more questions please...
I have about 100 of my CD's already ripped on my computer, but they are all 320kbps MP3.
If I want to re-rip them to FLAC using dBpoweramp (and I do), should I delete all of the current rips and start again fresh?
Also, I have iTunes and Mediamonkey (free version) on my computer and I get really confused by the way they organize my music. It seems they grab music from all over my HD and scatter them alphabetically sometimes instead of keeping albums all together. I'm tempted to just delete iTunes and Mdiamonkey and all my music and start over again.
I like things organized and all I want is a folder for each album containing the tracks of that album - in the folder and nowhere else. Instead of using iTunes or Mediamonkey or something else, why can't I just rip albums to windows folders and use Windows Explorer to rename and drag/drop songs where I want them. For example, if I have a few stray songs, I can create a folder called "Various Artists" or "XMas Music" and drag/drop songs into them as I please.
If I do this, it confuses iTunes and Mediamonkey, although I have figured out with Mediamonkey that I can go into the properties and if I fill in the boxes exactly the same, then they can be grouped together.
Is this how dBpoweramp and EAC work too? Are they another skin over my library like iTunes and Mediamonkey?
And what is the relationship between these layers and the Squeeze Server software. Is it another layer on top of a layer on top of my music?
Sorry if this is too obtuse. If there is a tutorial somewhere, I'll gladly teach myself vs. asking someone to explain it to me.
Thanks for a very helpful thread. I'm getting there...