We approached Express Rip warily after a morning of reviewing some absolutely dreadful audio software. Would this be yet another semifunctional, poor quality application? Fortunately for us (and you), Express Rip is a refreshingly functional and well-designed piece of software.
The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with graphical buttons representing its major features. We inserted a CD and the program immediately connected to the MusicBrainz database and grabbed the track names and other album information. Ripping the CD was as easy and choosing a destination folder and choosing from among 21 output formats. The program quickly ripped the tracks and saved them appropriately. To be honest, Express Rip doesn't have a ton in the way of features; users can adjust the encoder settings if they want, and the program gives users a choice between MusicBrainz and FreeDB for album information. There are a few other basic items that can be customized, and that's about it. But we don't love Express Rip for its multitude of features; we love it because it's easy to use and does what it's supposed to do, which is a lot more than we can say for many similar programs. It also has an online Help file that is well-written and thorough, another rarity. We think this program is a great choice for users who need a basic but well-designed CD ripper.
Express Rip is free. The program installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. We highly recommend this program to all users.
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From NCH Software:
Express Rip Free CD Ripper lets you extract digital audio from CDs. Express Rip provides perfect digital audio extraction quality and is one of the fastest CD rippers available. Express Free provides a useful tool to extract digital audio files from a CD. Express Rip Free features a user-friendly interface for easy ripping.
Express Rip CD Ripper Free Features:
* Converts audio CD tracks to wav or mp3 files.
* Quality CD digital audio extraction (ripping).
* Fastest free CD Ripper available.
* Complete control over mp3 encoding including Constant and Variable modes at selectable bitrates.
* Automatically updates the displayed track-list when a CD is ejected or inserted.
* Ability to rename tracks prior to loading.
* Simple, easy to use interface.
My anti-virus and malware programs didn't detect any viruses or malware, as reported by others.
When I see that a program is free, I expect it to be free for as long as I wish to use it. I don't expect to see a nag screen after only a few CD's being ripped. I also don't expect the program to not work unless the requested information in the nag screen (namely a registration key) has been entered.
Hah, try only 1 free use! that's right; i ripped one cd to mp3 with this program and when i stuck the next cd in, sorry, not without buying. I didn't like being tricked like this and with more investigation i realized that my WMP already will do this for you with the proper format setting. Yes, i still have their file format converter on my pc, but the cd ripper has been uninstalled.
Does exactly what it is made for : ripping audio CD's to my NAS in an excellent sound quality .Very user friendly which I appreciate since we are not all computer specialists as some other producers of software apparently suppose.
Rips CDs just like WMP, only it uses a more up-to-date database for track names.
I just got The Last Starfighter by Intrada which just came out. WMP can't find the tracks, but this program did with no problem.
It also has several output extension and quality settings.
None that I could find.
An excellent alternative to Windows Media Player for ripping CDs.