Exact Audio Copy

Exact Audio Copy

Free
4.4 
3

fair

3.6
This program received 9 awards
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Video tutorial and screenshots

  • Submit results
  • Sound Processing
  • Compression Options
  • Main Screen
  • Audio CD Burner
  • Spectral View
  • WAV Tools
  • Audio Extraction
  • CD Information

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Pedro Castro Senior editor

Exact Audio Copy is basically a music CD ripper. It supports extracting audio not only from CDs but also from DVDs. As for the output formats, it supports MP3, FLAC and WMA. The application’s interface is very easy to use; however, it is not very attractive. You are allowed to choose between two modes: beginner and expert.
It is also good that there’s a wizard to help you with the application’s initial setup.

The main advantage of Exact Audio Copy is that it can detect errors in audio CDs and try to fix them. In some cases, when the errors are beyond repair, the program will warn you about them so that you can take the necessary measures. In this regard, Exact Audio Copy can avoid distortions occurring due to disc scratches as it uses such advanced technologies as Multi-reading and Accurate Rip.

In addition, the program has other advantages. For instance, it can create tags or rename the files automatically according to their tags. It can also store information about tracks in a local database. Luckily, it has a basic WAV editor. Finally, it can also help you burn audio CDs.

To sum it all up, Exact Audio Copy is not just a ripper. As explained above, its main advantage is related to the accuracy of the copying results. There is only one logical drawback derived from this, the program works much slower in a secure mode. Fortunately, there are also two other modes called Fast and Burst. However, you should always be aware that the copying speed will be inversely proportional to accuracy. My recommendation: always use the Secure mode with old and scratched discs.

Pros

  • It can make very accurate copies.
  • The GUI has two modes.
  • There are three copying modes.
  • It offers the built-in WAV editor.
  • It may detect errors in audio CDs.
  • It is free of charge.

Cons

  • Some functions require the use of external files.
  • The copying speed slows down in the Secure mode.
  • The interface could be much more attractive.

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    Guest 2 months ago

    Easy to use, audio files can be converted to different formats.

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    Michael Reese 4 months ago

    Will rip audio CD's that have skipping and such - I had a CD that skipped, and had no apparent damage, and it copied it. Also copied audio tracks from an 'enhanced' CD and ripped them accurately. Interface is a bit fiddly, and you will have to rename your ripped tracks, it won't show the names. A good addition to other tools.

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    BlThunder 6 years ago

    The best CD-Ripper ever!

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