I absolutely love CDs. I can’t really explain why — perhaps I’m old-fashioned, or maybe I grew up in a weird time — but I remember going to the local music store to pick up new CDs on Tuesdays, and listening to it on the car ride home, or plopping it into my Discman. (Yeah, I had one of those.)
Nostalgia or not, I think they’re still of great use: CDs are physical backups of all the music that you can’t live without. Also, they’re a source of great, high quality, lossless music. Now you’ve ripped CDs before, and they’re far from lossless. Can you make those digital files copied from your CD sound better? You bet.
Exact Audio Copy (EAC) calls itself an “audio grabber” for audio CDs. I think that’s an accurate way description — basically, it copies (or “rips”) music from your CDs to your hard drive. Why use this over default ripping software like iTunes or Windows Media Player? Exact Audio Copy reads and copies files almost exactly perfectly. I’ve run into occasions when iTunes and Windows Media Player have failed me (apparently they have failed others as well), whereas EAC has proven to be reliable, especially when it comes to grabbing music from damaged discs.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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