Free Rip

I have a vast collection of music on CD. I remember buying my first CD in about 1989. 20 years later, I have hundreds of cd’s.

For the past couple of years, I have been backing up my cd music collection to FLAC lossless audio which basically copies the music without any discernible loss in quality.

FreeRip is a great cd file ripper that will copy a cd in not only FLAC, but OGG, Wave, WMA, and of course Mp3.

Like I said, I prefer to rip all of my music to FLAC because most of my listening is on my computer and home stereo systems, both of which support the FLAC audio format. If you prefer to listen to your music mostly on, say, an IPOD, you will need your music files in the Mp3 format. I also listen to music on my IPOD and have a mirror of my FLAC files in Mp3.

FreeRip will not only rip music files from a cd but will also convert the files back and forth to and from the various audio formats I mentioned above.

Although I prefer another program for tag editing, FreeRip also has a built in tag editor.

FreeRip is available as a FREE download. The user interface is simple and intuitive which means you can be ripping your cd’s in no time.


10 thoughts on “Free Rip

  1. I’ve used FreeRip for quite some time – works great for me. Fast, easy on resources, and rips to many formats. Last year I bought a 1TB external drive and used FreeRip to rip my entire CD collection to WAV.

    Great little ripper. Between that and Foobar, my music-management needs are pretty well covered.

  2. darev: It is now easier for you to rock!

    Norm: I used to use Foobar (and still do a little bit). I recently switched to Media Monkey which has the added benefit of being able to upload my music to my ipod and is easier to use than iTunes. It’s also great for tagging those files that somehow slipped through the tagging effort!

  3. gackster: no. For some reason SHN compression is no longer in development and has been superseded using more popular lossless audio codec’s such as FLAC, APE, etc.

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  5. Hey G,

    Good one.

    Since I use an IPod mostly, I’ll take your advice and mirror on FLAC for my home systems. Very cool advice. I’ll give Media Monkey a spin too.


  6. Bill: I’ve pretty much run the gamut of ipod friendly transfer programs. Media Monkey is Win7 friendly, organizes music nicely, plays all formats, and has the added benefit of being able to transfer your music back and forth to an ipod in a very straight forward fashion!

    If you have a decent stereo system, FLAC is a great format to save your music to.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I just wanna rip CD’s, but the shoemaker’s children have no shoes, apparently, and thus I still don’t have a program on my laptop. I will now!

  8. Mo3: I can’t remember the last time I bought any software. There are so many good open source free programs now days.

    I was recently tasked with creating a marketing brochure for work. In the old days, I would have been using the latest version of Photoshop and Illustrator. Now it’s Gimp and Scribus.

    Enjoy FreeRip – it’s a great little program.

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