(updated 12/16/2012)

Create your own MP3 files from your CDs...

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"FreeRip MP3 is a free application which let you extract audio tracks from compact discs and export them to Wav, Ogg Vorbis or MP3 audio files. FreeRip MP3 can record digital audio tracks directly from compact discs, without going through your sound card (this process is known as "ripping"). You can save tracks as CD-quality WAV files or encode them to Ogg Vorbis or MP3 compressed format. Moreover, you can encode existing 16 bit WAV files to Ogg Vorbis or MP3 format.

FreeRIP MP3 supports CDDB, it means that it can automatically connect to an Internet database to download information about your CDs, such as songs titles, LP title, and so on. FreeRIP MP3 supports ID3 tagging so it can store track info into MP3 or Ogg files so that your player can retrive and display them. Finally, FreeRIP MP3 includes a monkey-proof installation for the Ogg Vorbis Plugin for Winamp so that you can let your Winamp play Ogg Vorbis compressed files.FreeRip MP3 is advertising supported, free to use and distribute.

The advertising that you see (which pays for the software) will NOT be drawn from your Internet connection. All the ad banners are contained in the distribution package."

You have the basic options...

Select the songs you want, and away you go.

For simple CD track --> MP3, this will do the trick. Installed easily, was a relatively small download, works without errors, and it's "free"... For multi-track medleys, it is not quite so nice. The only thing I don't especially like is the leading and trailing silence - a couple of seconds at either end. Better MP3 rippers give you control over the amount of added silence.

To learn how CD audio tracks are different from regular data files, go here...

To see about other comparable and more elaborate CD rippers, try here...

An excellent .wav file editor can be bought from Cool Edit. It can create MP3s, but cannot "rip" CD audio. (It records CD audio in an analog fashion instead.) A program like this can be used to fix any audio file, including MP3s (edit for length, fade in/out, amplify, reduce noise, etc.).


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