The increased popularity of MP3 players such as the iPod has meant that the humble CD has been all but consigned to the history books. That said, many people still own very large collections of physical CDS, and whether these are to be kept for posterity or sold on to make a little money, it is always helpful to have copies of the music you own in MP3 format so that it can be enjoyed on the move.

Software such as Windows Media Player and iTunes can be used to rip audio tracks from CDs and save them in a variety of formats, but these are large, bloated pieces of software that can be cumbersome to use. If speed is of the utmost importance and you don’t want to me tied into using software from Apple or Microsoft, using a dedicated CD ripper may be the best option for you.

This is exactly what Accord CD Ripper Free is. This free software can be used to convert audio CDs into .wav or MP3 files and you are granted full control over the ripping process so you can configure quality settings to your exact requirements. The software has been optimised to take advantage of multi-core processors, hlping to ensure the best possible performance.

Ripping CDs is all well and good, but MP3s are of little use if they are not correctly labelled. To this end, Accord CD Ripper Free can make use of the online CDDB to generate ID3 tags and attach other metadata to tracks. The software is quick and easy to use, and while it boasts few extra features, it performs its designated role well.

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A no frills CD ripper that operates faster than the likes of iTunes and Media Player, but is lacking some features.