One addition from me ...
The reason I recommended dbPowerAmp is because it's WAY FASTER than EAC, at least on all my
computers. Same "AccurateRip" group-sourced "quality assurance" -- which I think is as good as any
other "crowd sourced" anything on the interwebs, so mildly useful at best. The newer versions of EAC
are painfully slow and have a terrible user interface, in my opinion. Too bad a great program got
wrecked. Another plus on dbPA is that their tag-finder routine is much more robust, they don't just
use crowd-sourced freedb like EAC.
But, that said, EAC will do the job and it costs nothing, whereas dbPA costs a couple dozen bux.
Oh, also, dbPA rips anything to FLAC much faster than iTunes rips the same anything to Apple
Lossless Format, lesson hard learned. Windows XP computers, not whimy old machines. iTunes is one of
the worst resource hogs and slow-running piecs of software (ie POS) out there! But, it's an awesome
all-in-one for your iPod library.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Audio on computers
> Since Tom mentioned me.
> On 2013-02-11 8:21 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> 1. dbPowerAmp is a good, reliable, fast ripper. I suggest rip to FLAC because it includes tag
>> info like MP3 and works in all the higher-end streaming players (and my lower-end but awesome
>> Logitech Squeezebox Touch, from which I feed SPDIF to my Benchmark DAC/Pre in the living room).
>> If you want to go all-Apple, then use iTunes but rip to Apple Lossless Format (Apple continues to
>> stubbornly refuse to support FLAC in their iTunes/iPod stuff). dbPowerAmp is also a many-format
>> converter/transcoder. It uses AccurateRip technology, so non-obscure CDs can be ripped with some
>> quality assurance.
> My ~500 CD rip this past summer (inluding the MLP, RCALS, and Decca boxes) done by my
> long-suffering son, Robert, used Exact Audio Copy in FLAC. I understand foobar2000 also rips to
> FLAC. My friend Don Ososke uses it.
>> 2. I really like foobar2000 as a player, at least for Windows. The more I use this, the more
>> confident I am that it's not mangling the bits. Its interface is not quite on par with iTunes,
>> but it's pretty damn good.
>> 3. once you've gone through the effort of doing all that ripping --
>> KEEP YOUR HARD DRIVE BACKED UP, MULTIPLE TIMES. A single-unit RAID won't do it, in my opinion. I
>> recommend external backups, and if you get really serious you'll want off-site external backup.
>> Richard Hess has much information and many opinions from hard learned lessons on this topic.
> They were not hard-learned. They were up-front analyses to avoid having any hard-learned lessons.
> Please see:
> The current top article is most of the story. My current philosophy is three copies in three
> locations, two of them RAID-5, one sealed-in-steel standalone 2.5" USB 3.0 HDDs.
>> Oh, also ...
>> 4. DON'T TOSS YOUR CDS. Keep them organized and safe. When it comes to computers and hard drives
>> , you never know ...
> And, more importantly, those CDs are your "licence" to have the music on your servers...and you
> don't want a parrot, eyepatch, hook, or have to say "ARRRRRGH Matey" all the time.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.