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Which CD DAE software is the most accurate for Mac OS X?, Is XLD the most accurate with feature set?
macman4hire
post Sep 1 2008, 22:45
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I would like to archive my CD collection and have chosen to use FLAC as my lossless codec. I believe FLAC's wide range of hardware support, comparable compression rates vs. other lossless codecs and the encode/decode rates are a par with its competition. I have tried the following software for DAE XLD, Max, xACT, iTunes and Toast. I am leaning towards using XLD with its new features of AccurateRip, disable cache and its log report. Please read the following questions posted below and give your answers and advice about XLD or any other DAE software for Mac Os X.

1. I have read CD Paranoia will not allow the cache to be disabled if the cache is larger than 1 meg. Is the this correct?

2. Does the disable cache feature work in XLD?

3. Can the AccurateRip feature be trusted in XLD?

4. Can the the error log report be trusted in XLD?

5. What about using VMware Fusion with XP and EAC. Would this method produce accurate results?


Thank you for answers and help. 500 plus CD's to rip!

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macman4hire
post Sep 4 2008, 06:37
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Click on this link Down Load XLD to down load XLD. This link is from the MacUpdate site. It appears the link on the XLD site is broken at the moment. Enjoy!

After launching XLD it should ask you if you want to update say yes and you will have the most recent version of XLD.

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Kees de Visser
post Sep 4 2008, 11:34
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That link works fine and so does XLD's built-in updater. Thanks.
There doesn't seem to be any help file. Is there any additional info or is this forum the best source for that ?

- I finally found my (MacBook's) drive offset on the accuraterip site. I'm not a programmer, but wouldn't this be easy to do automatically ? XLD's log lists my drive correctly, so that info is known. Can't be too difficult to do a lookup, would it ?
- The log looks rather comprehensive. This is a great advantage over Max, my favorite ripper until now.
- I inserted a (classical) cd and XLD displays the track info correctly. However, when I click on "Get CD Track Names", the info changes and the names now include Japanese (?) characters. Are there different databases being used ?

First impressions are very positive.
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tim.lance
post Sep 4 2008, 14:04
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QUOTE (Kees de Visser @ Sep 4 2008, 05:34) *
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- I inserted a (classical) cd and XLD displays the track info correctly. However, when I click on "Get CD Track Names", the info changes and the names now include Japanese (?) characters. Are there different databases being used ?

First impressions are very positive.
Has that CD been in your computer before? In iTunes? Or, in Max using the iTunes Metadata script? If so, what you first saw is the tags from Gracenote CDDB which is what iTunes uses. Apple pays Gracenote a fee. Max, XLD(?), and most others use Musicbrainz (free). Once a bunch of metadata is associated with a CD the OS remembers it. In your case, when you had it get names the previous were replaced. So, yes, there is in effect two different databases used.

I wonder if Max's script can be modified for XLD?
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- macman4hire   Which CD DAE software is the most accurate for Mac OS X?   Sep 1 2008, 22:45
- - Pepzhez   I have spent a lot of time in other forums rigorou...   Sep 2 2008, 06:09
- - Pepzhez   I failed to answer the main question, didn't I...   Sep 2 2008, 06:48
- - macman4hire   Thank you for your answers Pepzhez. The drives I ...   Sep 2 2008, 07:45
- - Tyashki   Um, does any Mac use those? Also, is there a way ...   Sep 2 2008, 10:05
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (Tyashki @ Sep 2 2008, 04:05) Um, d...   Sep 2 2008, 11:29
|- - Tyashki   QUOTE (tim.lance @ Sep 2 2008, 20:29) QUO...   Sep 3 2008, 13:49
|- - tim.lance   Sorry, no help here and I've checked three dif...   Sep 3 2008, 16:06
- - spoon   Matshita is such an unfortunate name here in the w...   Sep 2 2008, 13:00
- - macman4hire   I ripped this CD and XLD produce this log report p...   Sep 3 2008, 02:37
|- - tim.lance   To have more faith in the rip you might want to ch...   Sep 3 2008, 03:26
- - greynol   For tracks that AR verifies, T&C is a complete...   Sep 3 2008, 03:34
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 2 2008, 21:34) For t...   Sep 3 2008, 03:43
- - greynol   In EAC my advice is to copy, check AR and then tes...   Sep 3 2008, 03:53
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 2 2008, 21:53) In EA...   Sep 3 2008, 03:58
- - greynol   I'm interested in what is displayed in the GUI...   Sep 3 2008, 04:01
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 2 2008, 22:01) I...   Sep 3 2008, 11:24
- - Pepzhez   The only thing displayed in the GUI is a progress ...   Sep 3 2008, 05:01
- - macman4hire   How do you check to see if a CD is in the Accurate...   Sep 3 2008, 06:45
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (macman4hire @ Sep 2 2008, 21:45) H...   Sep 3 2008, 07:28
- - spoon   EAC & dBpoweramp will detect if the CD is in A...   Sep 3 2008, 10:49
- - macman4hire   Today XLD added an additional feature under the T...   Sep 3 2008, 21:21
|- - Kees de Visser   This thread made me curious, so I tried to downloa...   Sep 4 2008, 06:26
- - macman4hire   Click on this link Down Load XLD to down load XLD....   Sep 4 2008, 06:37
|- - Kees de Visser   That link works fine and so does XLD's built-i...   Sep 4 2008, 11:34
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (Kees de Visser @ Sep 4 2008, 05:34...   Sep 4 2008, 14:04
- - macman4hire   I have created a comparison for three CD rippers t...   Sep 4 2008, 21:37
|- - knucklehead   QUOTE (macman4hire @ Sep 4 2008, 12:37) I...   Sep 4 2008, 23:46
||- - macman4hire   QUOTE (knucklehead @ Sep 4 2008, 16:46) Q...   Sep 5 2008, 22:15
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|- - gloog   QUOTE (macman4hire @ Sep 4 2008, 21:37) I...   Jan 2 2009, 19:39
- - macman4hire   Today XLD added a new feature to recognize if a CD...   Sep 4 2008, 23:36
- - macman4hire   Just an update on Mac DAE. Today sbooth the devel...   Sep 5 2008, 21:46
- - macman4hire   Their seems to be some disagreement if the disable...   Sep 5 2008, 22:34
- - knucklehead   QUOTE (macman4hire @ Sep 1 2008, 13:45) 4...   Sep 6 2008, 17:16
|- - ffooky   QUOTE (knucklehead @ Sep 6 2008, 17:16) H...   Sep 6 2008, 17:39
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (knucklehead @ Sep 6 2008, 08:16) H...   Sep 6 2008, 23:27
|- - ffooky   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Sep 6 2008, 23:27) You d...   Sep 6 2008, 23:37
|- - tim.lance   QUOTE (ffooky @ Sep 6 2008, 17:37) QUOTE ...   Sep 6 2008, 23:44
||- - ffooky   QUOTE (tim.lance @ Sep 6 2008, 23:44) Yep...   Sep 7 2008, 00:03
||- - macman4hire   QUOTE (ffooky @ Sep 6 2008, 17:03) QUOTE ...   Sep 7 2008, 00:14
||- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (macman4hire @ Sep 6 2008, 15:14) Q...   Sep 7 2008, 03:57
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (ffooky @ Sep 6 2008, 14:37) QUOTE ...   Sep 7 2008, 00:04
|- - knucklehead   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Sep 6 2008, 15:04) QUOTE...   Sep 7 2008, 01:30
- - greynol   QUOTE (knucklehead @ Sep 6 2008, 09:16) H...   Sep 6 2008, 17:51
|- - knucklehead   Time for new glasses... The 8's were hiding i...   Sep 6 2008, 18:10
- - macman4hire   XLD updated via automatic update today with some i...   Sep 7 2008, 00:03
- - tim.lance   No sh*t. I have never seen such user driven (or an...   Sep 7 2008, 00:11
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (tim.lance @ Sep 6 2008, 15:11) Now...   Sep 7 2008, 01:17
- - greynol   Did we determine if the "Only when the track...   Sep 7 2008, 00:50
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 6 2008, 15:50) Did w...   Sep 7 2008, 01:04
|- - ffooky   Is it realistically possible for different pressin...   Sep 7 2008, 01:08
- - macman4hire   QUOTE (Pepzhez @ Sep 6 2008, 20:57) I not...   Sep 7 2008, 04:37
- - jhart71   I'm new to XLD - just downloaded and started l...   Sep 13 2008, 14:03
|- - Pepzhez   QUOTE (jhart71 @ Sep 13 2008, 05:03) My q...   Sep 13 2008, 14:22
- - jhart71   I just ripped the same track twice - once with the...   Sep 13 2008, 15:45
- - tim.lance   QUOTE (jhart71 @ Sep 13 2008, 09:45) I ju...   Sep 13 2008, 15:52
- - jhart71   QUOTE (tim.lance @ Sep 13 2008, 09:52) QU...   Sep 13 2008, 16:07
- - tim.lance   QUOTE (jhart71 @ Sep 13 2008, 10:07) You...   Sep 13 2008, 16:25


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