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Subject: Re: EAC/Lame THE ANSWER !!!


From: David McIntyre <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 15:57:11 -0800


On Fri, Dec 19, 2003 at 06:09:47PM -0500, Fred Maxwell wrote:
> Johan wrote:
> > Why using a closed source, Windows specific, program that may
> > have all kinds of 'hidden' features if there are really free
> > open source tools that can do the job equally well (maybe better)?
> Stop with the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). EAC is distributed free
> of charge and has no hidden spyware, etc. The guy who distributes it is one
> of the nicest, most decent people you'll meet. EAC has been widely used for
> years and it doesn't call home, store undocumented data, etc. It simply
> works better than anything else.
> There are no comparable open source tools of which I am aware. EAC is the
> only ripper I have found which actually goes to great lengths to assure that
> the rip is error-free before passing it on to the encoder. Show me an
> open-source, multi-platform program that has the following features (snagged
> from the EAC web page):
> Hidden sector synchronization (jitter correction)
> Read error and complete loss of sync detection and correction in secure
> modes, as far as possible
> Automatic Speed reduction on errors and fallback afterwards
> Output of time positions of all non-exact corrections and listen to these
> positions
> Glitch removal after extraction
> Small WAV editor with the following functionality: delete, trim, normalize,
> pad, glitch removal, pop detection, interpolation of ranges, noise
> reduction, fade in/out, undo (and more)
> Copy of ranges of music data, not only tracks
> Normalization of extracted audio
> Usage of the Windows Audio Compression Manager (ACM Codecs) for direct
> compression e.g. to MP3 waves
> Support of external MP3, VQF, RA and AAC encoders for automatic compression
> after extraction
> Compression offset support for exact compression/decompression
> Detection of pre-track gaps
> Detection of silence in pre-track gaps
> Automatic creation of CUE sheets including all gaps, indicies, track
> attributes, UPC and ISRC
> CD player functionality and prelistening to selected ranges
> Automatic detection of drive features, whether a drive has an accurate
> stream and/or does caching
> Sample Offsets for drives with no accurate streams, including the option of
> filling up missing samples with silence
> Option for synchronizing tracks for non-accurate stream drives
> Filename editing with local and remote CDDB database and cdplayer.ini
> support and more features like ID3 tagging
> Browse and edit local database
> Certified Escient R CDDB(TM) Compatible
> Local CDDB support
> Record and Loop Record functions for recording from LP, radio, etc.
> Automatic rename of MP3 files according to their ID3 tag
> CD-Write support for some drives
> ID3 Tag editor with drag and drop possibility from track listing and
> database
> > E.g. cdda2wav from cdrtools
> Not even close. It's error detection and correction are, for all intents
> and purposes, non-existent. It doesn't automatically invoke the MP3
> encoder. It does not do Freedb title lookups. It doesn't correct for read
> offsets.
> Again, find me one that has all (or almost all) of the features shown above
> and I'll be happy to give it a try.
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell

David McIntyre
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Received on 2003-12-20

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