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FreeRIP

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 575 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.6
  • Total Downloads:
    11,742,256
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 13, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Note: FreeRIP includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. FreeRIP has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.

Editors' Review

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A good ripper makes all the difference when transferring your CD tracks to MP3s. FreeRIP not only extracts and converts your audio tracks but also finds and downloads CD and track information and presents it in editable form right on the interface. It's easy to start right up with FreeRIP, but it includes a multi-language manual as well as tutorials and FAQs, if you should need them. FreeRIP supports the most common audio formats, not only MP3 but also FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, and WAV. It can also convert files between any two supported formats. Of course, FreeRIP can also play your files.

FreeRIP's nice-looking interface includes three tools: the Ripper, Converter, and Tagger. We loaded an audio CD in our burner's tray. FreeRIP scanned and displayed the contents, automatically retrieving the CD's meta tags and displaying them in the right-hand sidebar. The program's colorful toolbar accesses all necessary functions, including an Options Window, which is a compact pop-up for setting program preferences. FreeRIP offers many more data fields for both tracks and albums than most users will need, but those who do will appreciate not only the detailed tags but also how easy it is to enter and edit data. FreeRIP can rip your CD tracks and save them in the low-loss FLAC format, which preserves more of the original quality. You can play them on your PC in the high-quality format, and then convert them into MP3s for your portable player later on.

We pressed the Rip CD button when we were ready, and FreeRIP processed our CD quickly, ripping and converting the batch of tracks one by one, and tracking the progress of each in a pop-up. If you have lots of CDs to rip and little time to do it, there's a paid upgrade, FreeRIP Pro, optimized for multicore CPUs. It offers faster ripping and other options, such as prioritization. But we had no problem with waiting a little longer, and the quality is the same, so we were perfectly happy with the freeware version of FreeRIP and the files it creates.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 19
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 575 votes

    • 5 star 186
    • 4 star 174
    • 3 star 51
    • 2 star 37
    • 1 star 127
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5 stars

"Does the job quickly and easily!! Love it!"

January 08, 2012  |  By nummysmom

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

1. It is VERY easy to install without the things that some people are complaining about!!
2. It installs quickly and easily.
3. The interface is easy to figure out. User(and newbie)friendly.
4. Converted my music tracks to Mp3s very quickly.
5. Does not contain any viruses or malware.

Cons

None that I have found so far.

Summary

I am blown away by all the comments about this program installing a toolbar and changing the browser(which can trigger your antivirus/malware software). The second window in the installation process gives you the option of NOT doing that!!! Jeeze people...pay attention!!!
I needed a program that would take tracks off my CDs and convert them to Mp3s so that I could put them on my Kindle Fire. The FreeRip software is PERFECT for that! It was so easy to download(without adding the toolbar and changing my browser). After opening the FreeRip software, it literally took 2 clicks and the files were converted. So easy!! It was so fast too! I am beyond thrilled with this program and would highly recommend it!

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3 stars

"Works as it is described"

January 02, 2012  |  By BDEADY

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

Convenient and fairly easy to use.

Cons

Changed my browser. No other problems so far

Summary

I am converting my audio cd's to digital MP3. FreeRIP has done a good job at this so far

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5 stars

"Great music converting product."

December 30, 2011  |  By ArmyChief3

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

Fast download, does the job advertised, and is free. Also easy to figure out how to use. I really like it.

Cons

Desktop shortcut for converted music content is annoying for me.

Summary

If you has Windows 7 you need a music converter and I would recommend this one. I was able to convert music files from
Windows 7 Media Center to copy to Mp3 SD card to listen on my now old Palm TX PDA. Thanks CNET for showing me the way to resolve my problem.

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2 stars

"Problem opening and installing"

December 21, 2011  |  By psivgals

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

Unknown - CNET's problem not FreeRIP's

Cons

None of CNET files XXX.com.com will open
Message: "Unable to initialize installer GUI"
Using Win 7 Home Premium" and Firefox 8.1

Summary

Cannot find solution for this problem!

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1 stars

"keep you AV/AS up to date b4 downloading"

December 11, 2011  |  By Imtaldie

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

nothing, at all

Cons

Step1: CNET Secure Download. Good, right?
Ster2: Special Offer!!!!! bla blah: Decline Close Accept
Decline, skip to
Step4: Install
Result
AVG Threat:
Adware/Spyware, "toolbar"

Threat removed, install failed.

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4 stars

"Good: Does what it says; NO malware if you READ"

December 10, 2011  |  By steph6n

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

- the interface is simple and attractive with visual buttons and tool tips when you hover over them
- the program loads quickly and automatically opens song loaded on the CD ROM if a disc is in there
- it converts without any delay and produces great quality uncompromising results.
NO MAL-WARE OR VIRUSES whatsoever, contrary to a lot of other misinformed people's opinion.

Cons

- the program itself has Optional browser-changing additives that, if you don't pay attention, will get automatically implemented. This does not include ones included in CNET's version (see Summary for explanation)
- default destination file is neither specified nor asked for when you click Convert; but you can change this beforehand under File - Settings - Options. Hint: put it into your My Music folder.
- several other Settings, Options and Features are inaccessible in the Free Version, but who's complaining? It does the job.

Summary

CNET embeds the actual installation file into a Shell that asks if you want to install the Babylon Toolbar, but you don't have to click "accept" when ASKED for it in order to get the program. It's CNET's way of making money. The actual program installation file itself is available directly from their site freerip-com (manually enter the period). This file ALSO has optional features which you can deny by selecting "Custom" before you hit Next. That way you can UN-click everything else, including desktop icons etc.
Simply put, if you READ what's in front of you before clicking away, you will have less to complain about in commentaries.

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3 stars

"Poor, and slow. Poor interface, NOT user-friendly!"

December 05, 2011  |  By paraman1956

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

Does the job.

Cons

Eventually!

Summary

There are plenty better.

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3 stars

"Its pretty good"

November 29, 2011  |  By nileshlalsare

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

Did not face any problems in ripping of audio CD's. Quite User friendly

Cons

Should include Video rips as well

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1 stars

"Spyware warning - contains unwanted 'toolbar' spyware"

November 27, 2011  |  By niroinc

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

I never installed it due to AVG identifying the unwanted toolbar spyware in the installer.

Cons

No cons - just need to find another ripper.

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1 stars

"Changed my default browser"

November 26, 2011

 |  Version: FreeRIP 3.6

Pros

!!!!None!!!!

Cons

Did not use it after it changed my browser. Do not know why they think they have the right to change anything on my computer!!!! I will not use any product free or not, that does that. It is my computer and nothing gives them he rights to change anything on it.

Summary

Hijacked my homepage upon install. Immediately uninstaled it!!!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.6
Version 3.6:
  • Improved wide charsets compatibility
  • Support or reading 24 bit per sample Wav files
  • Improved Windows 7 and Windows 7 64bit compatibility
  • General
    Publisher GreenTree Applications
    Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
    Release Date March 06, 2011
    Date Added March 13, 2011
    Version 3.6
    Category
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 144.51KB
    File Name FreeRIPstub.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 11,742,256
    Downloads Last Week 1,994
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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