When I bought my first mp3 player years ago I had to somehow transfer the music from my CD collection to my computer, and from my computer to the mp3 player. I was lucky enough to find CDex after a little bit of searching and have used it ever since.
It offers everything that I require. It checks the CDDB database for album and title information automatically so that I do not have to enter the information manually which saves me a lot of time. Music can be saved to mp3 as wav format, and all you may need in addition to the program is a version of the Lame Encoder installed or available on your system.
You should check the options before you start your first ripping process. Select the Lame Encoder as your Encoder and define a bitrate for the mp3 files that you want to save. You need to add an email to the Remote CDDB tab if you want to use this service. This email is not checked at all, you might want to use a temporary email address. After that you put a music CD into your drive, CDex will retrieve the information but not the title and album information automatically.
You need to select CDDB and click on Read Remote CDDB. All titles and album information will be retrieved and displayed. Once this is done you extract one or all tracks of the CD as compressed audio (mp3 for instance). All titles will be saved to a directory defined in the options and you are ready to transfer the files to your mobile player.
It can't be easier than that. Let me know if you are using a different tool.
Update: The program is still in active development, even though the last program version dates back to 2011 at the time of writing. The audio ripper works well on all recent versions of the Microsoft operating system, and users should not run into any issues whatsoever using the tool.
How to rip a CD using CDex
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