Exact Audio Copy(EAC) is a CD ripper, tagger, metadata searcher and burner which uses AccurateRip to verify the copy. It's fairly easy to use, but setting it up may be tricky if you don't know about the calibration well. You need a good standard legit CD to help calibrate it. If you use a CD that doesn't calibrate it well, EAC will spit out CDs and only copy certain ones. I had this problem and wrote an earlier review and gave a lower score, but I researched the problem more, found the solution and rewrote my review. The calibrating may be a problem for some who don't understand how to calibrate EAC and end up having problems with it, so it isn't that simple to set-up for everyone. But when you calibrated it correctly it's simple to use from there.
I prefer EAC over other rippers because I favor the AccurateRip feature that is rarely found in others. EAC will rip your CD perfectly or near-perfect. You can be at ease to know that your music files will have no crackling or distortions that may ruin your speakers(it happened to me once).
I can only complain about the GUI it's really old looking and needs an update, but it's functional. Overall, it is the best ripper to use. It's free and has all the tools others may have, but the AccurateRip feature is the main reason to have it.
The hardest part about using this software (unless you chose advanced mode) was getting the lame.exe download, which isn't that hard but yes, it needs to be installed prior.
It has an basic set up for those who are not advanced users and is basically as simple as click and do. I'm not a stickler for my music being so exact. That said, I am completely happy with the basic interface (but I am dabbling into more of course) and can't tell the difference between the copied music and the disk.
There is far too much to mention on how to use, what to do, etc... to cover in this area. This is probably the BEST copier out there. Get it and don't waste time with others.
I have tried a lot of different cd ripping software,to finally come to this conclusion: EAC is the ultimate application! Easy for rookies and a loaded weapon for the advanced user! Either way, the job gets done easily and professionally! Lots,lots,lots... of features that will satisfy even the most demanding taste! Feel free to combine it with an external compressor (e.g. LAME)to produce the ultimate mp3s, get freedb tagging of your metadata, instantly acquire album covers,export your cd audio to wav,flac,mp3 or a .cue image file, configure the program to make an exact copy of your disk, a secure and accurate copy, that is. Save your configuration on a profile etc. There are so many features that these few lines I'm writing are really really poor to describe the whole story! Even though I've been using this excellent piece of software for years, there hasn't been yet a single moment I would trade it for something else...The funny story is that it is still in a beta version. I wonder how the first regular version would be...if the beta is already the ultimate cd ripper. Give it a try! Worth your attention!
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