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Top 5 Free CD Rippers – Free Audio CD Extraction Software

Free Software For Ripping Your Audio CD Collection

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Standalone CD rippers are useful to use when you’ve got a large collection of CDs that you want to rip. They're also helpful when the media player that you use doesn’t come with a built-in CD ripper. Dedicated audio CD extraction programs also typically have more features than the ones that are built into popular media players such as Windows Media Player, Winamp,etc. Here are a list of free CD rippers that have been chosen for their flexibility and ease-of-use.

1. FreeRIP 3 Basic Edition

FreeRIP 3 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

An excellent free audio CD ripper for the Windows platform that has a good feature-set. 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’s 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

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. Free CD to WAV MP3 WMA AMR AC3 AAC Ripper

This freeware program for Windows is a bit of a mouthful, but is a solid CD ripper that supports a good selection of audio formats. It can output your CD tracks to MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, AMR, and AC3. Most of the audio formats have additional options that can be used to tweak the encoding - useful for optimizing audio quality versus file size. If you’ve got a cell phone that supports the AMR format then you may find this utility particularly useful for transferring audio CDs to your phone.

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