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On its SourceForge page, it says that cdrfte (short for cdrtools front end) can extract files from CD in mp3 format. However, I can't find anything on its support wiki or anywhere else about how this is done. How do I rip mp3s using cdrfte?

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Is there any particular reason for using cdrfte for this? There are much easier ways to rip CD's. – James Apr 4 '13 at 16:07
@James I find cdrtools to be simple, fast, and elegant and all I want is a front end to use them for ripping mp3s. – Keyslinger Apr 4 '13 at 16:15

From the cdrft page:

cdrtfe is an open source CD/DVD/BD burning application for Microsoft Windows. You can burn data discs, Audio CDs, XCDs, (S)VCDs and DVD-Video discs. It supports creation and writing of ISO images and bootable discs. Disc images and Audio CDs can be written simultaneously to multiple writers.

cdrtfe is a win32 frontend for the cdrtools (cdrecord, mkisofs, readcd, cdda2wav), Mode2CDMaker, VCDImager and other well-known tools.

cdrtfe has a multi-language interface and is also available as portable version. For Windows 9x, ME, 2k, XP, Vista, 7.

cdrtfe is free software since version 1.1pre4 (GNU General Public License).

So, it does not make mp3s. What made you think it does? It can extract wav files from CDs which you can then encode as mp3 using an mp3encoder, yes. But it does not seem to have the encoder built in. Why should it? That is not what cdrtools does.

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From the cdrtfe homepage ( in the list under "cdrtfe supports the following features:" ... "extract audio tracks to wav, mp3, flac or ogg" – Keyslinger Apr 4 '13 at 17:26
Well, you're quite right, so it does. Sorry, I missed that. Still, cdrtfe seems to be a frontend for the cdrtools. The only relevant of those here is cdda2wav which cannot deal with on the fly mp3 encoding. My guess is that they mean you can rip your CD to .wav and then transform to mp3. – terdon Apr 4 '13 at 17:33

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