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About.com: Free Rip and Encode

Jan 06, 2001, 13:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

"How would you like a piece of free, open-source software that can:

  • Rip your songs from CD without skips or pops.
  • Rip a whole disc with one command.
  • Name song files automatically.
  • Encode them automatically with the best mp3 encoder on the market today."
"If this sounds like it would work for you, allow me to introduce a series of three tools for Linux that all cooperate together to provide such functionality, at no cost, at high quality. ... The first is CDDA Paranoia, perhaps the best CD ripper available for any operating system anywhere."

"The next of our three tools is LAME, which stands for "Lame Ain't an MP3 Encoder." Oddly enough, LAME is perhaps the best mp3 encoder available for any operating system anywhere. ... Repeated analysis from around the industry suggests that LAME is among the least distortive of mp3 encoders."

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