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To start, I'm physically disabled and don't walk, so simply asking someone to retrieve a disc from my collection is a hassle.


I'm looking for a pc system that will losslessly rip the audio, while retrieving information about the album. The cover art (of course), but, if possible, any other disc art and credits associated. I'd also like this to be presented in a sortable, nice looking package.


Can anybody give me ideas on how to start? Keeping in mind that I hate iTunes with a white-hot rage!



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Foobar2000 and F(ree)L(ossless)A(udio)C(odec).
 

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Foobar2000 and F(ree)L(ossless)A(udio)C(odec).
 

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For years I used exact audio copy but there is a bit of a learning curve to get everything set up properly.


I've since moved to dBpoweramp. Great piece of software. Costs a little money but totally worth it. What I especially like is their automatic metadata retrieval with multiple sources including all music guide and that it also grabs high resolution album art as well.


High quality rip with complete meta data from good sources.
 

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Originally Posted by EJ  /t/1421449/ready-to-rip-my-1-or-2k-...rd-drive-using-a-lossless-codec#post_22242067


To start, I'm physically disabled and don't walk, so simply asking someone to retrieve a disc from my collection is a hassle.

I'm looking for a pc system that will losslessly rip the audio, while retrieving information about the album. The cover art (of course), but, if possible, any other disc art and credits associated. I'd also like this to be presented in a sortable, nice looking package.

Can anybody give me ideas on how to start? Keeping in mind that I hate iTunes with a white-hot rage!


Thanks,

EJ




The easiest program I have found is Windows Media Player in Vista or Windows 7. When you rip a disk using WMP, it looks on the net for album art and metadata. WMP has a lossless setting where you can enable or disable constant bit rate or variable bit rate. It just works. I would look into this.
 

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I have a bunch of Windows Lossless. The problem with it is that it isn't very portable. To get those rips into mp3 for my phone took a bit of work.
 

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FLAC is where it is at for lossless. I rip all my CDs in FLAC and V0 MP3 as well. dBPoweramp does it both at the same time.
 

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I took on the same project. Started using EAC (used it for years) until I found mediamonkey. Mediamonkey 4 now does secure ripping

like EAC and is much easier to use. It also has excellent metadata tools and the best on-the-fly encoder for any device sync I've ever used.

Leaves windows media player, iTunes and EAC in the dust IMO.


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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife  /t/1421449/ready-to-rip-my-1-or-2k-...rd-drive-using-a-lossless-codec#post_22243127


You might want to take a look at this (the ripper segment starts at about the 24 minute mark):
patricks-ripmonster-3000-batch-rips-cds

Anyway, dBpoweramp is a good choice if you're willing to spend some money.

+1 for DBPowerAmp, especially given the size of the OP's CD collection. Of all the ripping software I've used DBPowerAmp easily has the most accurate metadata retrieval system as it queries five online databases simultaneously and analyzes the differences between them automatically to produce the most accurate result. Further, it is very easy to see and correct if necessary, DBPA's metadata analysis before ripping occurs (rare as it has proven to be accurate most of the time). Further, the Accuraterip and DSP rip options have proven to be very useful. Finally DBPA also has very powerful transcoding capabilities for those who need it.


Yes, there is a nominal cost for DBPA but given its capabilities I personally think it's money well spent.
 

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Originally Posted by anleva  /t/1421449/ready-to-rip-my-1-or-2k-...rd-drive-using-a-lossless-codec#post_22243825


For years I used exact audio copy but there is a bit of a learning curve to get everything set up properly.

I've since moved to dBpoweramp. Great piece of software. Costs a little money but totally worth it. What I especially like is their automatic metadata retrieval with multiple sources including all music guide and that it also grabs high resolution album art as well.

High quality rip with complete meta data from good sources.
hey, no fair... that is exactly what I was going to say...

but I would add that dbpoweramp has a 30 day (or something like that) free trial... depending on how fast you work, you may get done before the trial period is up, and then decide if you want to pay...


also, no matter what you do, or how you do it, NEVER underestimate the value of correct metadata... make sure it is 100% correct before you end up with hundreds of CD's worth of songs that you need to go back and manually fix... everything uses metadata these days... and trust me on this one, but don't ask me how I know as I wont admit to anything, but fixing metadata on hundreds/thousands of songs by hand really, really, sux.... although Tag&Rename helped out a lot, I would still highly recommend getting it right in the first place...
 

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Originally Posted by Mfusick  /t/1421449/ready-to-rip-my-1-or-2k-...rd-drive-using-a-lossless-codec#post_22246694


not to track off subject but what do you people use to organize your music collection?

Like edit details and album art and such ???
nothing...

why would you edit it? DBpoweramp get the correct info/art all the time...
 

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Thanks for the help everyone! I'll let you know when I start, and how it's all working out.
 

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Also consider ensuring that your collection have some form of normalization applied to the metadata. e.g. foobar2k as a player reads replaygain information that would go some ways in avoiding the inevitable volume changes when switching between tracks from different albums. I prefer to apply replaygain on a per album basis. With the correct metadata that is not tricky. I've not used dbpa or mediamonkey so not sure, but I'd imagine they could apply that gain information post encode as part of their all in one processing.


With a large collection, not having to adjust the volume on individual tracks goes a long way to enjoying the jukebox nature of having your collection available on demand.
 

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Yes, good point. Replaygain is good to add to your rips. dBpoweramp has a number of DSPs/actions you can add during the rip and encode, replaygain is one of them. I add replaygain on an album basis on every rip.
 
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