I had a similar exprience, and reverted to an earlier version, but later
switched to the DbPoweramp CD Ripper from Illustrate Software altogether.
Conceptually very similar to EAC (such as calibrating the CD/DVD drive
being used, AccurateRip) but has for more flexibility and
configurability. DbPoweramp uses several online tag-sources, not just
FreeDb, so you get far better and more complete metadata.
You can quite easily rip to mutliple formats (I do FLAC and MP3 for
everything I rip - FLAC For local use, MP3 for travel/remote-access) with
one read. I also use their UPnP DLNA server, AssetUPnP. I've created a host
of custom tags to leverage the DLNA catalog, and ripping is fast and easy.
I've tried scores of other rippping programs, and nothing compares to
On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 5:54 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I "upgraded" to the latest version of Exact Audio Copy and all of a sudden
> the software is
> _terrible_ compared to earlier versions. Running on Windows XP, circa 2010
> Dell Workstation, so
> plenty of computing power.
> Here are the problems:
> 1. the worst is all kinds of random "read error" problems, which are NOT
> problems with the CD or
> drive. How do I know this? The track can be easily extracted into Sound
> Forge, playback and waveform
> analysis shows no problems with the digital file, and it can then easily
> be saved to WAV. So how
> come SoundForge can extract the tracks just fine? What is EAC doing to the
> drive to make it have
> read errors, or is the software screwy and declaring false problems?
> 2. the new interface is user-hostile in many ways. You have to be an
> expert to set up simple
> parameters like what kind of file do you want ripped.
> 3. the interface with freedb (and, apparently, other less-reliable online
> databases) is
> time-consuming and sometimes doesn't find discs that show right up in
> iTunes or Roxio. Some of this
> might be freedb vs. Gracenote errors, but none of these were obscure or
> long-out-of-print discs.
> 4. the program has become so bloated that it works sluggishly at best on
> anything but a very modern
> computer. It used to be streamlined and work great on all XP machines.
> I've decided to "downgrade" to their circa 2008 version, which had less of
> this "crowd-sourced"
> error-checking stuff built-in but constantly, quickly and reliably ripped
> CDs to WAV and MP3 for me.
> Has anyone else had these problems?
> -- Tom Fine