About.com: Free Rip and Encode

“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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