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.
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 )
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>
- 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
- 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>