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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
DbPoweramp IMHO.

http://www.dbpoweramp.com/


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
>