I always purchase my music (unless I get it free, legitimately). Once in a while, I purchase it on a physical CD. Here’s how I rip CDs on my MacBook. Note that I rip to FLAC, and then generate MP3 files from FLAC for use in portable devices and in iTunes.

Here are some things I tried and didn't like:

  • I tried and didn't like xACT. It doesn't name tracks the way I want them named, and it takes way too long to rip.
  • I tried Exact Audio Copy under WINE, and found it way way too fiddly.
  • I tried dBpowerAmp under WINE, and found it too fiddly. </ul> So I threw in the towel, and went with a mix of Mac and Parallels. To get started, I installed a bunch of programs. I didn't end up using them all.
    • Parallels: Installed Exact Audio Copy v1.0 beta 3
    • Parallels: Installed dBpowerAmp r13 with PowerPack. I told it to add the FLAC codec. I told it to add DSP Effects.
    • Parallels: Installed MP3Tag ( http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html )
    • Mac: Install Tag ( http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/21641/tag )
    • Mac: Install Max ( http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19873/max ) </ul> Then, when I'm ready to rip:
      • Parallels: Use EAC to rip to [mac-desktop]/album-name as WAV files.
      • Mac: Start Max
        • Menu: File/Convert_Files
        • Select and Open your WAV files
        • Menu: Tools/Convert
        • Exit Max </ul>
        • Parallels
          • Select all the FLAC files
          • Right-click, and select MP3Tag
          • In MP3Tag, select all the files
          • Drag and drop the album art into MP3Tag's window.
          • Click the Save button </ul>
          • Mac: Start Tag
            • Menu: File/Open
            • Select and Open your FLAC files
            • Use Tools/Guess_Tags, with {artist}~{album}~{trackNumber}~{title}~{genre}
            • File/Save
            • Exit Tag </ul>
            • Parallels: Select the FLAC files, right click,
            • Parallels: Select the FLAC files, right-click, choose Convert, and convert them to MP3 (VBR, 190 KBS) </ul>