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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:48 PM

Free CD's to mp3 file converter recommendation?

At one time, I used free Win Amp to convert CD's to mp3's, but it's way too complicated now. I want something simple and free. Can anyone recommend one? I went to download.com and there's way too many. I have Windows 7. Thanks!

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Reply Free CD's to mp3 file converter recommendation? (Original post)
Holly_Hobby Apr 2012 OP
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #1
Holly_Hobby Apr 2012 #3
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #5
Dead_Parrot Apr 2012 #2
Holly_Hobby Apr 2012 #4
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #6
Holly_Hobby Apr 2012 #7
ManiacJoe Apr 2012 #8

Response to Holly_Hobby (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:21 PM

1. There are 2 parts to the process...

1 - getting the audio files off the CD to your computer (called 'ripping')

The standard, excellent, freeware program for this is Exact Audio Copy (EAC)
It can be downloaded at: http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/weitere-seiten/download-from-alternative-servers-2/
(EAC homepage: http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ )

2 - converting the audio files to .mp3s.

The standard, excellent, freeware program for converting to .mp3 is LAME
If you download and install EAC above it can automatically install LAME for you via it's configuration wizard and you can use EAC to do the
ripping and converting entirely within EAC.
( LAME info page http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=LAME )



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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:23 PM

3. Thank you, exactly what I was looking for :) n/t

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Response to Holly_Hobby (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:26 PM

5. Note that once you set EAC up the first time converting is very simple...

1 - Put your music CD in the CD drive
2 - Start EAC
3 - Click on the 'CMP' (Copy Selected Tracks Compressed) icon on the left and watch it work.

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Response to Holly_Hobby (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:23 PM

2. You should be able to do it with Windows Media Player...

...you just need to set it to mp3. There's a how-to here: http://portables.about.com/od/newsandviews/ss/how-to-rip-with-WMP.htm

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Response to Dead_Parrot (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:24 PM

4. That looks simple as well, thanks n/t

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Response to Holly_Hobby (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:34 PM

6. Windows Media Player probably wins 'simplest' (since you probably already have it installed)

whereas EAC/LAME probably wins in 'best quality'.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 06:52 AM

7. That's good to know too, I will try both. Thanks again n/t

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Response to Holly_Hobby (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 03:11 AM

8. http://www.audiograbber.org

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