Originally Posted by Brian B
dBpoweramp is the way to go if you are planning to rip a bunch of CDs. I also use EAC, but dB is much faster. At most I can get 8x with my drive for secure with EAC, while with dB I can get 40x and faster. The label selection with dB is better and the ability to edit the metadata directly in the software allows for more choice.
Occasionally I'll have a rip issue with dB and EAC will work--I'd say 1 out of every 100 discs (on a particular track).
If your time is important to you then dB is the way to go.
Just read through this thread (mostly).
Using a MAC for about two years to do ripping (moved completely away from the semi-proprietary Olive system about a year ago).
Here is what works for us:
1) XLD - free. Does a good job overall but can be slow. Links to Amazon web services for an amazing way to locate artwork, esp. for older CD's. Provides data on the accuracy of rips (jitter, retries, bad secotrs, etc.)
2) JRiver version 20. Not free. You get what you pay for. This has been updated a couple of times already and keeps getting better. Faster rips than XLD, provides info on the quality/success of the rip. Excellent artwork finding capabilities and/or artwork file uploads. Integrates with the (excellent) JRiver library management tools and has a very deep tag set, especially useful for classical. All tags edits are saved back into track metadata (not an independent database like Olive used) - hence something else like Sonos or BlueSound will 'see' all these changes including updated artwork etc. Highly recommended.
Most everything is FLAC or more recently, Apple lossless; some limited hi-res material and some very limited DSD material.
WAV does not allow metadata to my knowledge. Given current processor capabilities, can't see a reason for WAV.
Occasionally use XLD and Amazon web services to locate artwork for some obscure CD found in used record store (boston area) or similar that 'stumps' JRiver. This is getting less and less frequent. But any search tool would suffice as long as you can save the image file.
Keep everything on a recent vintage time-capsule which is network visible. Back-up onto a separate USB hard drive, kept in my office. CD's kept in simple archival binders, but nothing obsessive.
--> does dBpoweramp work for OSX (Mac's)?