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What good, free audio CD ripping/extraction tools exist for Windows, and supporting multiple formats?

For instance, I would like to rip my commercial audio CDs to MP3s for portable-player use, and to some lossless format like FLAC for home jukebox / archival purposes.

I currently use EAC, Exact Audio Copy. What other competing tools are available, and what features do they have that make them very useful?

If your answer is already listed, please up-vote and/or comment; don't duplicate.

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IMO not quite a duplicate, as this is win-specific and cw. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 20 '09 at 10:35

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I use cdex. It's kind of plain-vanilla, but it works, and it supports CDDB.

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+1 cdex is clearly the best piece of software in the history of software –  shufler Nov 19 '09 at 17:16
But not updated for more than a year now... –  Julien N Nov 22 '10 at 17:45
No need to update something that works as good as CDEX. continuous Program updating is over rated. –  Moab Mar 13 '11 at 18:45
Last release: 2009 :( –  ripper234 Feb 27 '12 at 10:19
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I'll start this list with the one I mentioned already:

Exact Audio Copy a.k.a. EAC. Find it here.

I really like that it can perform a reliable extraction. I hate MP3s that skip.

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MediaMonkey's free version supports most file formats.

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iTunes is an option too. No Flac, but MP4 lossless is lossless too.

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BonkEnc is a free audio converter and CD ripper which integrates various popular formats and encoders. It currently supports MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk files.

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While this might be heretical to some Windows Media Player does a reasonable job and comes with Windows - so no other software to install.

It will save to mp3 and you can turn off DRM.

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There's also foobar2000, which is primarily an audio player, but has a feature allowing to rip audio tracks. freedb support is provided natively, but there are also plugins for Discogs and MusicBrainz. Most of the common audio formats such as MP3, FLAC, AAC, and OGG Vorbis are supported, though you have to obtain the encoder executable by yourself.

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