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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, 05:50
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One of the things that drives me nuts is when so called "high end forums" try and convince people that $300 plextor drives are "more accurate" or give "better sounding rips". Total bollocks they read the same 1s and 0s as any $20 cdrom. As long as you use a cd that is in eacs database to determine your drives offset (I use gnrs appetite for destruction) and set eac accordingly you will get accurate rips every time. And you can spend the 280 bux you saved on some new music. There has been discussion that plextor drives can handle dirty/damaged discs better, but why would you want to keep such discs as archives? Its quicker to replace them or find an accurate rip flac download of the damaged tracks and burn yourself a new backup. A cdr or new copy is still way cheaper than an overpriced cd drive.
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