This audio-ripping app handles its basic job well enough but could use some polish, especially in terms of appearance. ACXtractor is not one of the better-looking rippers we've seen. The interface is bland, unattractive, and cluttered with several needless buttons and fields. The utility rips CD tracks into WAV, MP3, and OGG files. Clicking the Options menu item lets you change the bit rate and the codec. We were pleased with ACXtractor's ripping speed, which was faster than many other similar programs we've tested. This ripper also can access the online CDDB to retrieve track information and even includes a very modest audio player. If you're pressed for time and need a quick way to rip MP3s, this app is a good solution despite its totally uncompelling design.
What's new in version 3.2
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedFebruary 10, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
ACXtractor (Audio CD Xtractor) is a fast, professional, and user-friendly CD ripper for Win XP, 2000, NT, Me, and 9.x. You can extract your audio CDs easily and save them as WAV, MP3, or OGG files. Some other features include FreeDB support; MP3 support with Gogo, LAME, and Blade; ID3 v1 and v2 tags; Ogg Vorbis support; the ability to customize filenames for saving and to use the program as a CD player; easy selection and prelistening of a part of a song; navigation through a song with a slider; information about editing CDs; the ability to extract multiple tracks at a time; fade-in and fade-out functionality; the ability to delete null samples at the beginnings and ends of songs; and detailed information about your CD-ROM devices.