EAC is a CD ripper, along the lines of MusicMatch jukebox. Like Musicmatch it has ID3v1.1 and ID3v2 support, can encode on the fly with no interim .wav file (using LAME BladeENC, or Windows' ACM API ), Does CDDB, does everything with one click, etc. etc.

What makes it so special is that it is Postcardware (so effectively Free Beer), and has incredibly accurate CD extraction. It makes use of CD drive C2 reporting, and can detect the sample offset that the drive reads at. It re-reads sectors until it is beyond reasonable doubt what the data is, meaning that CDs copied using EAC are almost Guaranteed to be identical to the original. It doesn't do any nasty Microsoft system taking over (It can be uninstalled by deleting the directory), and it can read CDs with major scratching.


It can be found at www.exactaudiocopy.de