Exact Audio Copy has been touted as the only freeware that really,
really gets a bit-perfect copy of a CD.
Tom, I too though that it was EAC's fault that I was encountering
errors. Turned out to be a failing CD drive in the computer. None
of my other methods of ripping a CD were nearly as picky as EAC.
Windows Media Player and Adobe Audition all read the subject CD's
So EAC may REALLY be trying to tell you something about your CD
player. "Don't shoot the messenger."