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Looking for fast and free CD Ripper

EdictEdict Registered User regular
Media player takes too long to rip entire CD to mp3. Does anybody know of a fast and free program that can do it quicker?

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The bottleneck isn't Windows Media Player, the bottleneck is your CD drive. Any program will rip a CD at roughly the same speed from the same CD drive.

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    wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Daedalus wrote: »
    The bottleneck isn't Windows Media Player, the bottleneck is your CD drive. Any program will rip a CD at roughly the same speed from the same CD drive.

    This.

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    EdictEdict Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I didn't know that. Thanks for the quick replies.

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    BasticleBasticle Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I use http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/ but like they said its not gonna be faster.

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    Brian4120Brian4120 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Yeah, CD drive will defiantly be the bottleneck. I used Exact Audio Copy for my ripping needs (mainly because of my mom's scratchy disks) All you need is the LAME mp3 plugin and you are set.

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    Rigor MortisRigor Mortis Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The bottleneck might also be the MP3 encoding code. LAME is also slow. Try using a Helix-based encoder. There might be a slight, probably imperceptible, quality drop. Although if you set it to max VBR and alter the settings to remove the usual lowpass filter it applies, it should be more than good enough.

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    wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The bottleneck might also be the MP3 encoding code. LAME is also slow. Try using a Helix-based encoder. There might be a slight, probably imperceptible, quality drop. Although if you set it to max VBR and alter the settings to remove the usual lowpass filter it applies, it should be more than good enough.

    If he's using WMP he's not using LAME.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The bottleneck might also be the MP3 encoding code. LAME is also slow. Try using a Helix-based encoder. There might be a slight, probably imperceptible, quality drop. Although if you set it to max VBR and alter the settings to remove the usual lowpass filter it applies, it should be more than good enough.

    If he's using WMP he's not using LAME.

    Plus any remotely modern computer is going to be able to encode to MP3 (pretty much regardless of settings or flavor of encoder) in pretty much "real time," which is to say as fast as the drive can pull the data off the CD. Like everybody else said, the bottleneck is almost certainly the drive and not the encoding software.

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    Rigor MortisRigor Mortis Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    wunderbar wrote: »
    The bottleneck might also be the MP3 encoding code. LAME is also slow. Try using a Helix-based encoder. There might be a slight, probably imperceptible, quality drop. Although if you set it to max VBR and alter the settings to remove the usual lowpass filter it applies, it should be more than good enough.

    If he's using WMP he's not using LAME.

    That's why I said "Lame is also slow".

    Notice the "also".


    Plus any remotely modern computer is going to be able to encode to MP3 (pretty much regardless of settings or flavor of encoder) in pretty much "real time," which is to say as fast as the drive can pull the data off the CD. Like everybody else said, the bottleneck is almost certainly the drive and not the encoding software.

    LAME tends to max out for me on my Phenom at 24x when modern CD drives can go up to 40x+. My Athlon 3500+ maxed at around 15x. The encoding software can absolutely be the bottleneck on modern computers.

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    GrimReaperGrimReaper Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    LAME is slow for a reason too, it doesn't do any short cuts. It's pretty much the best MP3 encoder out there.

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    UselesswarriorUselesswarrior Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    It should be noted that speed is often inversely related to quality when talking about ripping and encoding.

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    xzzyxzzy Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    iTunes is retarded fast for some reason that I've never been able to figure out.

    Either they harness the powers of evil to rip songs faster than mortal software, or they do some trickery to avoid doing a perfect rip, because they realize the mp3 encoding will make a "perfect rip" unnecessary.

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