Audiograbber is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to rip music and audio CDs to the local system.
Ripping music CDs is still something that many computer users do from time to time even with declining music CD sales.
It can be used to load audio CDs, lookup information on the online database Freedb so that audio track information are automatically added to the audio tracks, and rip the music to the local computer system in mp3 format.
Audiograbber supports several mp3 encoders including Lame and BladeEnc which are both linked on the program's download page in case they are not installed on the user system.
The options of the program are pretty extensive. It is possible to edit the CD-ROM access method, naming patterns for the extracted audio tracks and directories, enable automatic deletion of leading and trailing silence, normalization, change the output format to wav, alter quality settings, configure external mp3 encoders and to edit tags directly in the interface.
It is furthermore possible to play audio tracks directly in Audiograbber which can be handy to fine tune the resulting mp3 or wav files.
Audiograbber can be downloaded directly from the developer's website. It is compatible with most Windows operating systems including Windows 7 and 64-bit editions.
Update: Audiograbber is as easy to use as CDex. All you need to do is to insert an audio CD into a CD drive on your PC and wait for the listing to be populated by the program. You may need to click on the Refresh button if that takes to long.
All audio tracks are then displayed in the program interface. You can preview tracks right in the program interface, or extract select ones or all of them to your computer.
The extra features that Audiograbber supports don't need to be configured, but they may improve the output of the ripped audio files.
It is usually only necessary to modify settings once, as they carry over across sessions.
Audiograbber is an easy to use feature-rich CD ripper for Windows. The main issue that you may experience is that you need an mp3 plugin for the ripping. Links are provided to those on the Audiograbber website.
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