Background Idea:

The process of digitally transferring audio data from a CD- ROM drive to a computer's hard disk. Effectively, this creates a near- perfect digital copy (save for clock jitter, and surface error correction) of the original work onto your disk. See CD Ripper node for more background.

What Can You Do For Me:

Once the audio is ripped, it's now digital data. You can pretty much do anything you like with it.

"Once it's all data, you can muck around with it" -- Tom Jenkins, aka: Squarepusher.

It can be encoded into various compressed formats (such as MP3 and Ogg Vorbis), by far the most common appliation of ripping. Other possibilities include:

Hardware Lust:

Now days, pretty much all CD-ROM hardware supports audio read thru its data bus. Thus, the only crucial choices are: price, and speed. One generally effects the other, in the form of higher cost for higher speed. Generally, ATAPI/IDE drives rip at a maximum of 8x. SCSI drives, however, tend to rip anywhere from 8x-32X, and generally cost twice that of their ATAPI/IDE counterparts.

Software Solution:

To actually rip audio from the CDROM drive to the hard disk requires specific software. (unless you're handy with an assembler and ASPI codes.) Commonly used software varies depending on platform of choice (mac, *nix, WinTel, etc). What follows is a short list of the software I use, and then a list of other software. What I Use on WinTel: WinDAC 1.43 What I Use on mac (OS > 9.1): Sound Jam What I Use on *nix: CD Paranoia

Other Software for WinTel:

  • Audio Catalyst
  • Audio Grabber
  • Windows Media Player (under WinXP only, as of this writing)
  • Cool Edit 2000 and Pro 1.x (not enabled by default though)
Other Software for mac:
  • ... ?? /msg me if you use anything good!
Other Software for *nix:
  • CDParanoia
  • wav2mp3

Record companies dislike this, and thus the development of Safe Audio, and other water-marking technologies. See SDMI for more examples.

Updated: Labor Day, 20001