What is CD ripping? Well, ripping a CD is simply copying music from an audio compact disc (CD) to a computer. If you are going to rip your music CD to audio files on your computer, then make sure that you have a CD drive in your computer. If not, you can buy CD drives that connect to a laptop or any other computer over USB. Apart from CD drive, you also need to choose a program that features CD-ripping capabilities. In this guide, we’ll show you top 5 CD rippers that can let your rip music like a pro.
1. FreeRIP 3 Basic Edition
FreeRIP 3 Basic Edition has a well-designed interface that is intuitive to use. This free CD ripper can extract the audio from your music CDs to MP3, WMA, WAV, Vorbis, and FLAC formats. The program supports CDDB query which is used to automatically fill-in the information for your digital audio files. FreeRIP 3 can also be used as an audio format converter and a tagger. When converting from one audio format to another, you can either add files manually, or drag and drop them using your mouse. If you’re looking for a free CD ripper, converter, and tagger, then FreeRIP is recommended.
2. Kat CD Ripper
Kat CD Ripper is an excellent free audio CD ripper for the Windows platform. As well as being able to generate MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio, and a few others, Kat CD Ripper can also be used to convert compressed audio to WAV or vice-versa. It has a built-in media player and you can also record from analog sources such as a microphone. Finally, Kat CD Ripper can use FreeDB and MusicBrainz Internet music databases to automatically tag the created digital audio files.
3. Koyotesoft Free CD Ripper
Koyotesoft Free CD Ripper is Microsoft Windows compatible and supports the creation of MP3, OGG, and FLAC digital audio files. It has a good interface that is easy to get to grips with and also has a built-in CD player; useful for previewing audio CDs before ripping them. What makes this CD ripper so different from most other programs of this type though, is its ability to create and burn Audio Bin/Cue images. This is a useful feature if you need to work with audio CD images. Overall, Koyotesoft Free CD Ripper is a good solid CD ripper that does a good job.
4. Spesoft Free CD Ripper
Spesoft Free CD Ripper is another simple but effective CD ripper that can quickly extract audio CD tracks to MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, and FLAC formats. The program is compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista and only needs a small amount of hard drive space to install itself. After you have ripped a CD, it queries FreeDB (Internet CD database) for tag information, and also downloads album art and lyrics if available. This program is one of the fastest rippers available and is a good tool if you have a large audio CD collection that you want to rip.
5. Streaming Audio Recorder
Streaming Audio Recorder is able to extract audio from CDs to MP3, AAC, WAV,etc. And it lets you burn your music files to home CDs or Car CDs. Besides, you can use it to record any audio played on streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, SondCloud, Deezer,etc. You can even capture your own voice from the microphone or voice call from Skype, Yahoo Messenger and Google Talk. You can do whatever you like to the recordings including converting them to MP3/WMA/FLAC and more or burn it to a CD for playback.
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