Here we have listed the best free CD rippers for all those of you who are unable to find a software that suits all your needs. We have shortlisted the best options and added a brief description for each of them to make it simple for you to choose a utility from amongst a horde of options available online. And their expertise are not limited to ripping discs, some of them have the ability of playing music as well as compressing the extracted files. They are compatible with most of the commonly-used file formats too. So go through the roster laid down below for more details regarding each of the alternatives that have found a mention on the roundup.
1 – FairStars CD Ripper:
FairStars’ utility is a powerful software that can be used for ripping CD tracks to various file formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG and VQF amongst others and has a built-in player as well. It automatically normalizes the volume levels while ripping and pledges support to a wide range of CD and DVD drivers. And what’s more, the program automatically saves ID3 tags and boasts of a user-friendly interface.
It works with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 and 8 and requires a full-duplex sound card, apart from relevant drivers.
2 – CDex:
CDex is another program meant especially for Windows-based computers that can be used for extracting data from an audio CD and saving it on the computer in the form of WAV files. And to further compress these files, you have the option of using an audio encoder as the software can work in conjunction with a horde of them.
These include Lame MP3, Internal MP2, Ogg Vorbis, NTT VQF, Windows WMA8 and more. This utility features direct recording of multiple tracks, support for CD-Text, advanced jitter correction and audio signal normalization to name a few.
3 – foobar2000:
foobar2000 is basically an audio player meant for Windows-based computers that doubles up as a CD ripper. This advanced freeware not only extracts audio from a CD, but also allows users to convert the ripped files into various formats. A converter component has been thrown into the mix for this purpose. It is compliant with codecs such as MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, SND, AIFF and more.
You will also find a customizable user interface layout and advanced tagging capabilities, apart from ReplayGain support and gapless playback. And if that’s not enough, you can also control multiple aspects of the player via customizable keyboard shortcuts.
4 – CUERipper:
CUERipper is a part of CUETools package and obviously comes in handy for the purpose of extracting files from an audio CD. The open-source utility doesn’t offer many configuration options and thus developers believe that it is easier to use.
The utility in question even supports multiple databases like AccurateRip, MusicBrainz, CTDB and freeDB. It is designed to be used on computers running Windows OS.
5 – Koyote Free CD Ripper:
The CDDB-supporting Koyote Free CD Ripper lets you extract music from an audio CD and save the tracks on your system as MP3, WAV, OGG or FLAC files. The software works towards maintaining the quality of the files that are extracted using it by ripping at a high bit rate.
There are multiple configuration parameters for every compression format and you can trust the program with creating perfect copies of the original Bin/Cue images. The utility works perfectly on Windows computers and sports an easy interface as well.
6 – Cleanersoft Free MP3 CD Ripper:
A combination of a CD ripper and an audio converter, Cleanersoft Free MP3 CD Ripper lets you extract tracks in file formats such as WAV, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE and many more. Just like a number of other alternatives mentioned above, the software allows you to retrieve information through CDDB and supports ID3 tags too.
It boasts of sound normalization as well and lets you preview tracks in the built-in player before your extract them. Audio options can be selected on the basis of whether you want a good quality copy or a smaller file. The spyware-free application has an easy-to-use interface and even allows you to rename tracks’ titles. It can be used on computers running Windows 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and 8 versions.
7 – FreeRip:
FreeRip’s basic edition is available free of charge through the official website and those who want some extra features like faster conversion and multi-core optimization with the software that can rip audio CDs can opt for the paid version. You can burn your CDs and extract audio in formats like MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and OGG Vorbis amongst others. It allows you to extract multiple tracks in a single audio file and adjust track volume as well.
While the utility is compatible with online CD databases, it can also build a local one for speeding up the process of retrieving data. You will also find a playlist generator, a search button, an MP3 tag editor and an audio player integrated into the application. It is compatible with Windows-based systems and is available in languages like Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and German, besides English.
So these were some of the best free CD rippers that get the work done pretty easily without charging you a single dime. You can try them out and get back to us with your views regarding their functioning. And in case you think we have missed out on a software that totally deserves a mention on this list, feel free to drop in a comment in the section below.