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Greg S
15-12-2003, 09:15 PM
Can anyone recommend a good (free) CD ripper to convert music to MP3 please? I've got Musicmatch, but it's limited in the bitrate it can convert, and I don't want anything to do with Real.

I've got the CD for my older Soundblaster card, but I can't work out which piece of software on I used to use for ripping previously (I no longer use that soundcard).


Susan B
15-12-2003, 09:20 PM
Hi Greg :-)

Cdex is the one I use and recommend for ripping from CDs to MP3. Install it as Shareware.

15-12-2003, 09:20 PM

Fully featured and free.

15-12-2003, 09:20 PM

Greg S
15-12-2003, 09:22 PM
Awesome - seems we have a concensus. Thanks heaps folks! :)

16-12-2003, 01:00 AM

Greg S
16-12-2003, 01:04 AM
Thx JM - that's where I found it.

Thx too to Suzzie Bee and others again... I got it earlier, used it and it's wonderful!

Greg S <= Happy Ripper Chappie

Greg S
28-01-2004, 02:05 AM
Now, anyone know of a ripper that will encode to Ogg Vorbis? Apparently it's a much better sound quality vs filesize than MP3

Greg S
28-01-2004, 02:18 AM
Hmm in retrospect I see according to this (http://www.litexmedia.com/article/comparison.html) chart that WMA format is almost as good, so I'll probably go with it

Greg S
28-01-2004, 02:24 AM
In retro-retrospect I'm gonna go for Monkeys as it's lossless! :)


Greg S
28-01-2004, 02:37 AM
Damn I can be thick at this time of night - Cdex does both Ogg Vorbis and Monkeys

28-01-2004, 09:29 AM
lol, yes I was going to say go with monkeys, but you figured that out for yaself ;)

29-01-2004, 09:51 AM
What sort of compatibility do these other formats have? For example, would an MP3 capable discman or car stereo be able to play the Monkeys or OGG Vorbis format?


29-01-2004, 10:15 AM

jin kazama
29-01-2004, 10:23 AM
if i recall correctly monkey sucks becasue the file sizes are freaking huge..

29-01-2004, 11:32 AM
Well yea if you rip a music track off the cd, it usually is about a 40mb wav file. Monkeys will make that about 20mb and thats lossless audio quality. So basically you have the exact same thing but half the size.

Now if you have mp3 you might get it down to 3-4mb but it might not sound as good as you've lost like half the quality.

Generally the mp3 player walkmans and iPods etc only allow you to play mp3 or the stupid DRM format. They haven't allowed for the better formats like ogg-vorbis or any lossless ones.

29-01-2004, 11:36 AM
> if i recall correctly monkey sucks becasue the file
> sizes are freaking huge..

what about OGG Vorbis? How big are its files?

29-01-2004, 12:19 PM
> what about OGG Vorbis? How big are its files?

Just a little bit bigger than .mp3 files in my experience but that depends on what quality setting you rip the mp3s at. I no longer rip as oggs since I plan to get an mp3 portable CD player soon and don't want to risk it not being able to play them or being restricted to those brands that do. ;-)