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Old 2007-07-26, 12:49 PM
Re: how to put .cda files from cd to hard drive then....
"The main differences between EAC and most other audio grabbers are :

* It is free (for non-commercial purposes)
* It works with a technology, which reads audio CDs almost perfectly. If there are any errors that canít be corrected, it will tell you on which time position the (possible) distortion occurred, so you could easily control it with e.g. the media player. With other audio grabbers you usually need to listen to every grabbed wave because they only do jitter correction. Scratched CDs read on CD-ROM drives often produce distortions. But listening to every extracted audio track is a waste of time. Exact Audio Copy conquer these problems by making use of several technologies like multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip."

For copying audio CDs in Windows, EAC is the best program to use. It has error correcting extraction, something Nero doesn't have, so it will re-read sectors that it had trouble with the first time. After several attempts to read a bad sector, EAC will give up and report an error, but it will continue to read the rest of the track if possible. Nero will stop copying a track and report an error if it is major, and it will give up after the first try. EAC will also burn audio CDs, and it is free. Nero is about $80.

If you want to get more advanced, all the offsets (read, write, combined read/write) can be corrected with EAC. Nero can't correct any offsets. So with EAC it is possible to take a FLAC set > burn audio CD with EAC w/write offset corrected > extract audio CD w/read offset corrected > burn audio > extract audio > burn audio > extract audio > ad infinitum > compress to FLAC, and still end up with the original FLAC fileset that will match the original FLAC fingerprint. That isn't possible with Nero.

Last edited by Tubular; 2007-07-26 at 12:56 PM.
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