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    Just thought I'd point you to this site: http://www.bestmp3guide.com/

    I've spent the majority of today ripping my CDs using the method outlined in that website and the results really were breathtaking - much better than any other program I've used (Windows Media Player, iTunes, Musicmatch). They just dont sound like MP3s at all, they sound pretty much CD quality.

    Be warned though, if you have a serious scratch on your CD, because the idea of the method is that the copy is exact, the program will be much more sensitive and will reject the track all together (as I annoyingly found on one of my CDs).
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    I've not had any problems ripping from CD to mp3 using Jukebox : you just have to remember to set the bitrate to 128kbs
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    (Original post by Mighty)
    I've not had any problems ripping from CD to mp3 using Jukebox : you just have to remember to set the bitrate to 128kbs
    I've had no "problems" with WMP, iTunes or Jukebox, its just that they dont sound nearly as good as EAC with LAME decoder set at 128kbs-320kbs VBR. Reasonably small file but unrecognisable sound quality.
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    (Original post by kingslaw)
    I've had no "problems" with WMP, iTunes or Jukebox, its just that they dont sound nearly as good as EAC with LAME decoder set at 128kbs-320kbs VBR. Reasonably small file but unrecognisable sound quality.
    Having only got a 60Gb hard-drive (with 10Gb for RH9), I'd rather have small file sizes than perfect quality audio. That way I can have a lot more music. If (or maybe when) I get a bigger hard drive (0.5TB ), I'll pm you for the links again
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    (Original post by Mighty)
    Having only got a 60Gb hard-drive (with 10Gb for RH9), I'd rather have small file sizes than perfect quality audio. That way I can have a lot more music. If (or maybe when) I get a bigger hard drive (0.5TB ), I'll pm you for the links again
    The laptop I'm gettin is only 60Gb too, but I'm hoping to just about squeeze everything on it (I'll have 400 albums to rip). I'll only be using it for basic stuff like Word, Excel, internet browsing, the odd photo album, and emulators. No stupidly large games for me (cant afford them anyway!).
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    (Original post by Mighty)
    Having only got a 60Gb hard-drive (with 10Gb for RH9), I'd rather have small file sizes than perfect quality audio. That way I can have a lot more music. If (or maybe when) I get a bigger hard drive (0.5TB ), I'll pm you for the links again
    500 gig of music? is there even that amount of music in the world?
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    I decided games are more interesting than music, so I did a full install of Baldurs Gate 1 + 2, and Icewind Dale 1 + 2. There goes 8Gb ...

    Add C&C : Generals, Deus Ex 1 + 2, UT (+ many maps), Half-Life (+ many mods), and you're running out of space ...
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    The definitive software to rip CDs is EAC. If you want to encode to MP3, Lame 3.90.3 using the setting '--alt-preset standard' is widely recognised as the best compromise between file size and sound quality. It has been thoroughly tested by people in the know.

    http://users.pandora.be/satcp/cd2mp3-en.htm is the definitive guide on setting up the software.

    http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/...p?showforum=15 is a goldmine of MP3 information.
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    (Original post by Mighty)
    I decided games are more interesting than music, so I did a full install of Baldurs Gate 1 + 2, and Icewind Dale 1 + 2. There goes 8Gb ...

    Add C&C : Generals, Deus Ex 1 + 2, UT (+ many maps), Half-Life (+ many mods), and you're running out of space ...
    I'm glad stupidly resource hungry games do exist, otherwise manufacturers would have little increase the technology of their products at the rate they currently do. Long-live PC gaming, imo.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    500 gig of music? is there even that amount of music in the world?
    At 128kbs quality, my 3.2Gb of music lasts 4.5 days (according to WinAmp)

    By calculation, we can therefore assume that 500Gb of music would last approx 390 days - just over a year. So yes, you could have that much .. but getting hold of it would be difficult.

    However, when you come to recording films as well (on average, 2-4gb each at good quality), you'll find you space vanishes rapidly.
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    (Original post by hornblower)
    The definitive software to rip CDs is EAC. If you want to encode to MP3, Lame 3.90.3 using the setting '--alt-preset standard' is widely recognised as the best compromise between file size and sound quality. It has been thoroughly tested by people in the know.

    http://users.pandora.be/satcp/cd2mp3-en.htm is the definitive guide on setting up the software.

    http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/...p?showforum=15 is a goldmine of MP3 information.
    The http://users.pandora.be/satcp/cd2mp3-en.htm#usage website advise a pretty much identical configuration as http://www.bestmp3guide.com/ , apart from the fact that the former seems to take you round the houses on "command line options" by advising "User Defined Encoder" when you could just select LAME and get the exact same sound quality.

    It also seems to be slightly more optimisitic about C2 Error Report capabilities of most CD drives, when almost all drives that claim to support it (like mine) in reality fail miserably when exercising this claim (like mine).
 
 
 
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