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!
If you have never backed up your music by anything but WMP or ITunes software, you will need to understand going in, that there are multiple choices, on multiple choices. You should read up a little before going head-first into this program. There is a config wizard, use it.
My primary goal was to back up my CD collection, with the best (in my case) option for keeping the originally intended quality. I made a mistake after assuming I had set up FLAC, and had to redo about 20 CD's. This process takes time, but because it is doing the job VERY WELL. In a non-scientific way of explaining the process.. the software actually looks at your CD, and if it is damaged, goes out to a database and finds what is missing on your CD and fixes it from the database.
Your CD-Rom plays a major role in all of this. The speed, the firmware and type of CD-Rom has to be 'approved' by the software before you can start any of the above. What happened with me was, I kept putting in CD's (8 of them) and all I would get was a INVALID KEY error. I went to the website and found that every CD-Rom has to be 'calibrated' and all I had to do was keep feeding it CD's until (3) of them were of the right criteria, so the CD-Rom would then be setup correctly. It hasnt burped since. Once I found the 1st CD, the next 2 passed easily.. and I was good-to-go.
I recommend this software because it is free, functional, and thorough. Documentation and help is all over the internet... Google if you get stuck.
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