• Does anyone have experience using Exact Audio Copy


    I was thinking of downloading Exact Audio Copy for audio files.  Does anyone here use it?

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    • #2306182

      I tried it a long long time ago but settled on Media Monkey as I like the library and sync functions. The paid version has “secure ripping” which claims to produce more accurate rips on less than perfect media.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2306234

      Once upon a time, I used Exact Audio Copy to archive my CD collection to FLAC. This was back when there wasn’t really anything else that had an equivalent to EAC’s secure mode. In EAC, that mode doesn’t rely on the optical drive’s built-in error-correction, and can (in some cases) get you a clean rip from a scratched disc even when the drive has no built-in correction. This is the main reason I chose EAC; I had no desire to go out and buy an expensive optical drive that was “better” for ripping. Secure mode can slow the job down immensely, but that didn’t bother me because I intended to do it once, correctly. If you’re not interested in secure mode, then almost any CD ripper will do.

      MediaMonkey’s Secure Ripping seems to be similar, though I can’t say if they are equal since I haven’t tested the latter. MM is also a full-featured media manager, while EAC is very focused on ripping. Both can use the AccurateRip database to compare your results to those of others for some added confidence.

    • #2306269

      I use TAudioConverter Portable which is audio converter and CD audio extractor.
      I keep the tracks as Flac.

      When converting the app uses all cores so if you have a 8 core CPU it will convert 8 files at the same time.

    • #2306358

      Yes, EAC works fine.  There are faster ways to rip, but if there are any media quality concerns, EAC is the way to go.

    • #2318014

      I used “Exact Audio Copy” to copy an Audio CD that would no longer play correctly in a Home CD Player. Then I reburned it to a new CD…And the new CD worked perfectly. So for a problem like that it worked great for me.

    • #2320494

      yes, I been using eac for years — it works very well — It also connected  a db to compare how accurate the tip is


    • #2487239

      Hello thanks for letting me in I have a question about using the exact copy CD software I set it up to use it to convert my CDs to Black I saw a demonstration online on how to properly set it up so I did that and I extracted my CD it converted it to Black but the problem is it won’t play on my computer and it won’t play in the car can somebody tell me what I did wrong when I try to play it on the computer Windows audio I’m sorry Windows Media player comes on and that shows it to be playing but it’s not moving and there’s no sound so it’s cute up and Windows media play everybody won’t play it I have Windows 10 and also in the car even when I play can somebody fit some light on that thank you

    • #2487348

      convert my CDs to Black

      What does this mean? Normally you rip CDs to an audio format, MP3, FLAC, ALAC etc.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2487659

      convert my CDs to Black

      I suspect we’re looking at a post written with speech-to-text, and that this may be about FLAC.

      As far as I know, before Windows 10, the built-in Windows Media Player could not play FLAC files without installing a codec. In Windows 10 it can, but some find it to be less than ideal and often use other media players.

      An OEM car stereo / infotainment unit that can play FLAC would be quite rare – I’m not sure if they exist at all. There are aftermarket units that can, but it’s generally easier to find out what formats your unit supports (in its manual, or the car manual) and convert/rip to one of those.

      • #2487750

        I have a Sony Blu-Ray disc player from about 10 years ago that won’t play .flac.  But if you rename the .flac to .mp3 [just rename, not recode], it plays.  Worth a try.

    • #2487668

      An OEM car stereo / infotainment unit that can play FLAC would be quite rare – I’m not sure if they exist at all.

      My car’s OEM infotainment system plays FLAC.
      I use Portable fre:ac to convert music to FLAC.

      “fre:ac is a free/open source audio extracter, encoder, and converter. You can use fre:ac to extract audio files from CDs, encode and reencode audio files to a lower bitrate, and convert audio files to and from various formats, including: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MP4/AAC, FLAC, and more.’

    • #2487813

      I rip to FLAC for storage and computer playback. I use MediaMonkey for ripping and playback, but you can also use VLC or install the XIPH open source codecs for use in Windows Media Player.

      For use in the car, convert the FLAC to MP3 when you copy it to the flash drive.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2507172

      I been using it for years — there were some reports with issue with win11 — for the most part it rips the cd’s to a WAV files then if you have the FLAC option set, it will then run FLAC (which is part of the EAC install) there is a robust eac group at groups.io — I had no issue with eac on win 10


    • #2533539

      EAC works.  I was just using it tonight.  Releases are few and far between.  Complex options that can take a while and some experimenting to get setup in a way that works for you.  For instance, how you want to construct the name for the songs you rip.  It can be really, really slow also.

      Another similar program you might want to look at is Freac, which is a lot faster.


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