FreeRip MP3 Converter

FreeRip MP3 Converter

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 571 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.5.2
File Size:
2.07MB
Date Added:
May 08, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
11,612,947
Downloads Last Week:
3,548
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

FreeRIP extracts and converts your audio tracks, as well as detecting CD and song info and making all of that info editable right from the interface. It's easy to start right up with FreeRIP, which supports the most common audio formats--MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, and WAV. It can also convert files between any of those formats, play your audio files, and edit tags. With the release of version 4.0, the app now adds burning audio CDs to the mix of features that free users can access.

FreeRIP's bare-bones interface is set up for easy access and maneuverability. You won't find any unnecessary ornamentation, wizards, or other doodads to get in the way of ripping, converting, tagging, and burning. Since the name is FreeRip, I decided to see how its extracting features worked first, especially to see how the product compares to our standard top free ripping software choices.

I was a bit underwhelmed. While FreeRIP doesn't make you hunt down the necessary LAME encoder to convert CDs to MP3, customizing the output isn't as easy as in other rippers. Clicking the "Settings" buttons, all the way to the right, will bring up a tab-based interface. Under the "Output" tab, you can customize bitrate, stereo setting, and tagging format, but it's not the most logical interface. Also, ripping a standard 45-minute CD at 320kbps CBR took more than a minute longer on FreeRip (5:52) compared to Foobar (3:51) or iTunes (3:58)(Download.com's top two free picks for Best Windows Apps for Music).

The interface uses a tall "ribbon" at the top that includes the majority of the program's functionality, such as choosing the Ripper, Tagger, or Converter, but then those selections are repeated in the standard File/View menus as well. Oddly, the "Burn Disc" feature is a separate button. It's not exactly clear how to add tracks to burn to a CD, nor is there any instruction in the linked user manual, which is disappointing since burning audio CDs is the big new feature in version 4.0. I managed to burn a mix by dragging and dropping from Windows Explorer into the tagger

FreeRip includes a fairly mild but persistent reminder to upgrade to the paid version of the app, which promises faster ripping and burning speeds, but it's hard to imagine paying for performance that other apps provide for free. FreeRip also includes a Spigot toolbar in its installer that must be "declined" to opt-out. FreeRip does what it promises to do fairly well, but there's nothing that stands out as fantastic. Stability was also an issue in my testing, as the program crashed fairly regularly and I was unable to use any of the Search, Videos, or Shopping features.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 571 votes

    • 5 star: 186
    • 4 star: 174
    • 3 star: 51
    • 2 star: 37
    • 1 star: 123
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Doesn't work for me."

    August 26, 2014   |   By Alicelius

    Version: FreeRip MP3 Converter 4.5.2

    Pros

    Didn't work. Tried to convert wma files to Mp3, took one second to do, so something seemed wrong. played them and windows media player couldn't open them. I have a codec pack so nothing wrong there. Now finally, I am settled with another similar tool named MP3 Converter:
    http://www.mp3converter-mac.com/

    Cons

    Always, always decline to special offers in Cnet installer, and always, and I mean always, click custom install, to make sure tool-bars and other crap-ware aren't in there too.

    Summary

    Be careful people, it's free for a reason.

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  • 3 stars

    "Product good. The crap that comes with it is annoying."

    May 18, 2014   |   By rhwbikeguy

    Version: FreeRip MP3 Converter 4.5.2

    Pros

    Fairly easy to understand and use.

    Cons

    Unwanted search engines and tool bars that come with the download are incredibly annoying and difficult to remove. Even uninstalling FreeRip did not get rid of the associated crap and clutter. I spent several hours cleaning up after the installation.

    Summary

    I'll find some other way to convert my FLAC downloads to MP3.

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  • 5 stars

    "Was, is and will be the best!"

    May 14, 2014   |   By tetrarosa

    Version: FreeRip MP3 Converter 4.5.2

    Pros

    I'm using this app for a really long time and it never let me down.
    It has al the necessary features and formats that you can convert your music and excellent ripping interface.

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing!

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