Exact Audio Copy 1.0 Beta 3

A complex yet quite easy-to-use audio CD extractor with many functions for optimizing the output, creating ID3 tags and setting up file naming rules
Creating backups of audio CDs in one's collection is a task that may mean making 1:1 copies of the disc, or simply extracting the music tracks and storing them in digital format in folders or archives of your choosing.

A specialized utility that offers many more features than a simple extraction is Exact Audio Copy.

Clean feature lineup

The software application comes with a simple, well-organized interface that is focused on practicality rather than good looks.

Different extraction modes

There are several extraction methods you can choose from, namely burst extraction, fast and secure. You should note that the quality of the output sound differs quite a lot, depending on the way of grabbing the tracks from audio CDs.

Pick the desired output format

If you want to simply transfer some of the music discs in digital format for use with a portable player, you have a choice between MP3 and WMA formats. These are compressed formats, with marginal quality loss, as opposed to the uncompressed extraction which preserves the original sound integrally.

In case you wish to keep the songs in an archive and you need higher quality, Exact Audio Copy can help you in this respect as well. Simply select the FLAC or WMA Lossless while in the 'Encoder Selection' window of the configuration wizard.

Create ID3 tags and set up file naming rules

With regard to the track information that you may want to add to each track, you can set the program to create ID3 tags for each of the extracted songs. Also, the naming scheme can be customized and Exact Audio Copy offers a wide variety of options which are easily selectable from a drop-down menu.

Conclusion

To sum it up, it's safe to say that for those who appreciate quality and are pleased with having a great store of options to configure, this utility is most appropriate. Also, even if it may take a bit of getting used to, Exact Audio Copy can be safely used by less experienced users.

Reviewed by on August 7th, 2014


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Editor's Review
EXCELLENT
last updated on:
July 10th, 2013, 8:37 GMT
file size:
4.2 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Andre Wiethoff
license type:
Freeware
operating system(s):
Windows All
category:
C: \ Multimedia \ Audio \ Audio CD Rippers & Encoders
download hub:
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What's New in This Release:
  • Added the CTDB (CUETools Database), which can test complete CD rips against an online checksum (like AccurateRip, but CD based) and submits error correction data which can be used by others on defective CDs with an external application.
  • Fixed a problem with track duration in e.g. filename creation for the last track of a CD
  • Using UNC paths will now work (again)
  • Several database issues (e.g. max database size was 256 MB)
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EAC is a useful and easy-to-use audio grabber that helps you to edit information about your audio files.The main diffe...

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