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Digitalizing my CD collection, EAC/dBpa/fb2k?
post Jan 12 2013, 01:45
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Hey there,
I want to digitalize my CD collection, and thus, I am looking for software to convert CDs into FLAC and ALAC file formats. As I've read though a couple of threads, it appears that Exact Audio Copy, dBpoweramp and foobar2000 are the most populare ones. Most users seem to choose EAC/foobar2000 over dBpoweramp because they are free. However, I don't realy care whether the software is free or not (38$ is not that big of a deal). So I am wondering, if the main differences between EAC and dBpoweramp is just the more simplified and polished user interface, since both use AccurateRip and therefore should have the same ripping quality?

Thanks for your help!
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post Jan 14 2013, 05:22
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I'm no expert, but I'm guessing the fact it's a BluRay drive might help - perhaps not because of the blue diode (as many BluRay drives also have a red diode for when they're reading CDs or traditional DVDs), but simply because it's a newer drive.

I'll also mention this: I got a slight performance improvement on my laptop drive when I upgraded its firmware. Turns out the stock firmware was four generations old. So be sure to do that when you get the drive.

Finally, here's a question for those who responded earlier: excluding metadata and ripping speed as criteria (i.e. taking ripping accuracy primarily into account), would EAC be considered as good a tool as dbPowerAmp?
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