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.
Express Rip lets you extract digital-audio tracks directly from audio CDs to either WAV or MP3 files free on your hard drive. Extract audio from CDs to WAV or MP3 for free. Save track information or 'tags' (including title, artist, album and more) to MP3 files or create custom information. Save tags to wave files using the CART and BWF methods. This is one of the few CD rippers that can do this. Automatically link to an online database to obtain track and album name information. Complete control over MP3 encoding, including constant and variable modes at selectable bit rates. The program can be run from the command line for integration with other applications (Plus version).