Ripping CD's to FLAC - looking for a better solution

TegucigalpaTegucigalpa Posts: 14
edited January 2014 in Going Digital
Ok guys,
I know there has been discussion on this, I've browsed through some of the posts but those seem a little dated.
I'm curious to know what is a good program to rip CD's and save them as FLAC. Personal experience preffered, not just heresay.
I'm currently using foobar2000 but as an everyday average Joe user foobar2000 is not very user friendly.
I don't have a degree in code generation and or any of it's related jargon.
I have managed to convert about 400 songs now but it is painstaking and not producing very good results as far as library storage.
I'm using my Samsung BD-F7500 BluRay player as the FLAC player and it does not grab all of the song info. It only shows song title.
Now I'm aware that might be an issue with the player itself, but also on the computer, Windows will not recognize all of the song info either.
Is there a decent program that I can purchase that will produce excellent results for tagging and library file functions.
I know there are free programs all over the place but all of those seem so convoluted to me.
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  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,857
    edited October 2013
    I have used JRiver for years and could not be happier with the flexibility.They update/upgrade about every 6-9 months as well always adding new and current items to improve.I can burn how i want,convert what i want,and play anything i've thrown at it.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,011
    edited October 2013
    I use Banshee. I can't comment on its app for Windows but it works great in Linux.

    http://banshee.fm/download/
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,773
    edited October 2013
    Media Monkey is 25 bucks I think, I have been using it for a few years and it works great, but you do have to make sure your settings are correct before you start. If grabs all that info.
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  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited October 2013
    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,775
    edited October 2013
    I used dbpoweramp to convert all my CD's. It has a free 30 day trial and then its 50 bucks, but most will tell you its well worth it.

    You also can use MediaMonkey which will allow you to burn CD's to FLAC and also managers your library for you.

    If your just looking for a set and forget CD ripper, dbpoweramp all the way. Use something else to manage your library and your fine.

    I bought MediaMonkey because its that good of a product and I plan on buying dbpoweramp once I run out of PC's to install it on for a 30 day trial.

    dbpoweramp can seem hard to setup, but there is a step by step guide to set it up. Once configured its fairly easy to do....
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  • coolsaxcoolsax Posts: 1,755
    edited October 2013
    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!

    this i use DBpoweramp as well and its great for that.
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  • FaceFace Posts: 14,714
    edited October 2013
    J. River for error free ripping, tagging, organization and playback.

    http://i.imgur.com/4KJJNuW.jpg
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  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,346
    edited October 2013
    I'm still using Exact Audio Copy. Been using it for 8 years I think.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
  • TegucigalpaTegucigalpa Posts: 14
    edited October 2013
    Thank you all for your responses. Much appreciated.
    I've already tried EAC, I didn't have much luck with that. Set-up was major difficult for me. Plus it kept defaulting back to mp3 format.

    Right now I'm giving JRiver 19 a spin. So far I REALLY like what I see and hear. Clearly better sound quality than running through my BluRay player.
    After a week or so I'll give DBpoweramp a try. I at least should give it a fair shake.
    But after using JRiver lastnight, I got to admit, it is doing everything I wanted and I'm trouble free right out of the gate!
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,280
    edited October 2013
    If Jriver is your huckleberry, don't worry about DBpoweramp. Stick with what works for you.
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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,434
    edited October 2013
    I've tried a bunch, including Media Monkey. The first one I felt really comfortable with for both ripping and organizing has been JRiver. I've been using it for a couple years now and can't imagine switching to anything else as they keep updating it.
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  • eeagleeeagle Posts: 230
    edited October 2013
    dBpoweramp is the Gold Standard for me.

    Second runner up would be the free EAC (Exact Audio Copy), but along with it comes a longer learning curve.
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  • shadowlightshadowlight Posts: 327
    edited October 2013
    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!

    +1, the only thing is I rip cd's to WAV files but I use JRiver for playing. Have not tried JRiver to rip so cannot comment on it.
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,152
    edited October 2013
    Face wrote: »
    J. River for error free ripping, tagging, organization and playback.

    http://i.imgur.com/4KJJNuW.jpg

    Hey Mike, I got JRiver now. I got a new touch screen laptop with Winders 8.1. I installed foobar and could play my standard and hi-rez flac on my diy DAC, but couldn't get DSD to play like on my old laptop. It was a snap to setup DSD playback with JRiver. Now I just need to figure out all the bells and whistles. I hate learning new software...
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  • FaceFace Posts: 14,714
    edited October 2013
    IMO, it shouldn't take long to be a pro at navigating through all the features, it's pretty intuitive.
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  • D'privedD'prived Posts: 190
    edited October 2013
    Another vote for dbPoweramp here. First software I've used that is easy to use, flexible and does a great job!
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,958
    edited November 2013
    +400 on jriver. Now I just need the dsd option added to my w4s lol .
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  • DevlonDevlon Posts: 359
    edited November 2013
    EAC has worked very good for me. The "Error Correction" technology is nice when they are some scratchey CD's, and it always gets the Metadata for every CD. Also, it's free!!! It's a little difficult to "psych out" to use at first, but not bad. If you try it, give me a shout. Be glad to help you with some short cuts getting it going.
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  • gcegce Posts: 2,177
    edited November 2013
    and yet another vote for dbPoweramp here.
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  • TegucigalpaTegucigalpa Posts: 14
    edited November 2013
    Well it's been a few weeks now.
    I thank you all for your suggestions.
    I am completely sold on JRiver.
    I really think I have reached the pinnacle of my current system set-up.
    The only way to get better is to upgrade my SDA's or drop some coin on some better amps.
    I have been experimenting with all sorts of settings and a few sources to pipe the data stream into my DAC.
    I am currently running a 'Music Server' in one the back rooms of my house that has JRiver controling the library.
    When I'm lazy and just want to listen to quick song I use my Samsung BD-F7500 BluRay player with DNLA to acces the songs on the server.
    And then when I'm in the mood for a good power listening session, I use my laptop which also has JRiver on it to acccess the Music Server over the network.
    The quality difference using the laptop vs the BluRay player is night and day - the laptop being the better quality.
    JRiver is a hassle free top of the line product. The $60 was very well worth it!
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited November 2013
    I don't like change because I'm a creature of habit, so I stick with EAC. It works for me. For organization/tagging, I use the free MediaMonkey.
  • j1mmyj1mmy Banned Posts: 95
    edited December 2013
  • mccarty250mccarty250 Posts: 198
    edited December 2013
    +1 for EAC as well. It doesn't matter I guess, whatever works for the individual.
  • PrazVTPrazVT Posts: 1,607
    edited January 2014
    +1 dbpoweramp, but I see plenty of folks using EAC too. Either should work. I rely on an older version of Tag and Rename for tagging anyway (3.57 still grabs metadata/art from amazon).
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  • DevlonDevlon Posts: 359
    edited January 2014
    I am a foobar user, but I have a question for you J River guys. My metadata file is at the bottom each song list. The only problem I have with foobar is that when I choose "random" play, it inevitably tries to play this file and that stops the music. Foobar is not reading this file as a music file, of course, and this stops the sound. I wished foobar knew to skip over this file on "random" play. Just curious how J River works when "random" play is selected?
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  • kcoc321kcoc321 Posts: 1,779
    edited January 2014
  • codyc1arkcodyc1ark Posts: 2,539
    I'm giving EAC a whirl this weekend, now to get the new to me box home and work on getting it networked with my Squeezebox... :)
  • codyc1arkcodyc1ark Posts: 2,539
    So, I've gotten EAC to work, fairly simple for a guy who hadn't owned a computer in four years. Am I going to have to create a folder for every category/album/group? Is this something that JRiver would do better? I wan't ease of use, I'll go wild this month I'm sure and rip in the morning, lunch time, and when I get home from work. Maaaaaybe I should start my own thread, but this seemed relevant.
  • Ok guys,
    I know there has been discussion on this, I've browsed through some of the posts but those seem a little dated.
    I'm curious to know what is a good program to rip CD's and save them as FLAC. Personal experience preffered, not just heresay.
    I'm currently using foobar2000 but as an everyday average Joe user foobar2000 is not very user friendly.
    I don't have a degree in code generation and or any of it's related jargon.
    I have managed to convert about 400 songs now but it is painstaking and not producing very good results as far as library storage.
    I'm using my Samsung BD-F7500 BluRay player as the FLAC player and it does not grab all of the song info. It only shows song title.
    Now I'm aware that might be an issue with the player itself, but also on the computer, Windows will not recognize all of the song info either.
    Is there a decent program that I can purchase that will produce excellent results for tagging and library file functions.
    I know there are free programs all over the place but all of those seem so convoluted to me.


    I am not sure what the H the program I use is called, so not much help there, until I ask my brother that is waaaaaaay into it! Once you get rolling it is and will be a gas! I have well over 2000 cd's on my external HD now and am currently building a soul collection to die for, most of which I had to purchase at the tune of over $500.00 thus far, as no libraries in the USA had the titles I just had to have, so I have, so breaking out the credit card like a fool I have been doing!! lol Had no clue my BD-F7500 would play FLAC , so tomorrow I plan on hooking up the temporary backup hard drive I have that has around 1200 cd's loaded on to it and see if it works! That would make me very happy if it did, so in advance I send a thanks for bringing up the Samsung as a possible ave. of playing music on my living room HT system. How cool will that be if it works??????????
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,775
    Cody, the metadata normally contains a Genre tag, which you should be able to filter stuff by in JRiver.

    In XBMC (similar type program), I can view by Artist, Song, Genre, Year, etc.

    All those are pulled from the Metadata that EAC adds to the files. My main file directory for me is just one big folder with artist/cd/song as my folder structure.

    That seems to be the default for most folks.

    However like all things audio YMMV.
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