Saving music tracks from audio CDs is a task quite easy to perform these days since there is an abundance of utilities dedicated to this purpose. One of the most well-known programs of this kind is CDex.
The software application is especially designed for ripping sound tracks from any disc and it also packs a set of features for editing the output files. A user-friendly interface greets you as soon as the installation is complete.
Built-in media player and playlist creation
CDex comes with many goodies, including a built-in media player and it has the ability to create music playlists in PLS or M3U format.
Supported file formats
The list of supported file types and audio encoders is quite long as this tool can work with WAV, MP3 or OGG, as well as APE, FAAC or Windows WMA8 encoder.
Save track info and grab details from the Internet
As soon as a CD is loaded, you can view and store the tracks' information. An important mention is that the program supports Compact Disc Database (CCDB) and can easily retrieve the song details.
Normalize and convert files
With the help of CDex, the ripped tracks can be normalized to level the audio signal. The application can also convert WAV files stored on your PC or on a remote system.
Extra features to play with
Insofar as the audio information accompanying the extracted tracks is concerned, this utility can handle various file tag formats, including ID3v1 and ID3v2. Thus, the song data can be added during the ripping process.
Another function that may come in handy, even if it is rather unexpected to find it in such a software application, is the recording capability. Therefore, you can use it to capture sound from a device connected via an analog input line.
An efficient CD ripper and converter
To sum things up, it's safe to say that CDex has everything you need to successfully back up your audio CD collection and turn the tracks into digital files that can be played back on any computer by most players. The good feature pack provides the necessary tools for even more tasks like playlist generation or WAV conversion.