Any recommendations on good and widely used open-source lossless audio CD ripper for Windows? I have plenty of original CDs that I want to throw away, but at least get the original quality song out of it first. Spotify is just not enough for my Hi-fi system :D

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    Free, but not open source: exactaudiocopy.de/en
    – user14090
    Oct 1, 2020 at 12:17
  • Can you explain why you need open source (not just free)? You are closing the door to a lot of potential answers. Btw, about 10 years ago, I used an app which interfaced to MusicBrainz; the point being that your ripped music could have meaningful file names, plus MP3 tags. If you don't just want 00001.mp3, 00002.mp3, etc, then please update your question. Good luck
    – Mawg
    Oct 2, 2020 at 22:24

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Windows' own built-in Media Player can rip CDs to WAV or AIFF - which is "original quality" 16-bit 44.1kHZ uncompressed, as well as to MP3 etc.
It's not open-source, but it's free ;)

After that you can convert to any format you like. For quality vs size, I'd recommend AAC over MP3, AAC can be lossy or lossless, just like FLAC, but has wider adoption for 'direct' playback from many devices.

Here's a list of all the formats Windows Media Player supports


"Best" is relative but I'm a big fan of cuetools/cueripper

It handles Flac and quite a few other codecs with different back ends, does accurate rips and checks the rips against a DB. Its portableish (needs .net but no install) - so testing to see if it meets your needs would be pretty painless.

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