Computer Audio 101: Ripping and File Conversion Software

Copying your CDs onto your storage device of choice is a relatively simple process. While you can use iTunes (make sure you have Error Correction checked under Preferences > Import Settings), we recommend the following ripping software because we do not find ripping to be much fun so we want to do it once and we want to do it right.

The same holds for file conversion, something both of these programs also do.

Recommended Ripping and File Conversion Software

For PC Users
dbPoweramp ($39 see review)
For MAC users
XLD (free)
Both of these applications employ AccurateRip which ensures your rips are error free by comparing them to an online database.
DVD Audio Ripping
DVD Audio Extractor ($38.50)
Rip Your Vinyl
For PC Users
Vinyl Studio ($29.95)
For MAC Users
Pure Vinyl ($279 see review)
Vinyl Studio ($29.95)

JR_Audio's picture

This software is also available for Mac OSX, and does rip CDs and convert file formats with ease.
It does this safe and correct.

monetschemist's picture

Michael, for Linux users most good ripping tools use "cdparanoia" as their internal engine.

I've had good results with the Asunder application.

pbarach's picture

Exact Audio Copy is freeware for the PC that uses AccurateRip, just like the $40 program you're recommending. Save that $40 and buy some music with it?!

Michael Lavorgna's picture
MarkM.'s picture

I have been considering retiring my 2010 mac mini with super drive setup and building a NAS based system with micro rendu and roon, your reviews have been very informative and I thank you for your continual exploration and experimentation with computer audio. I saw a Bryston BOT 1 which is a disc transport and at first glance seems to require Bryston dac to rip to nas. I will need a way to rip cds to nas and I wondered if there is something similar to use to rip my cds to a nas?
In relation to sound quality what are your experiences with Optical drives/ transports? Have you experimented with different drives? In your current setup what do you use to rip cds?


oliverwoods's picture

I also