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Is it possible for me to play an audio CD and at the same time (i.e. concurrently with the playback) rip/convert the played tracks to MP3? If yes, how can I do this on Windows?

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So, it seems e.g. Windows Media Player has such a feature (thanks @cbabb!). Although not really freeware/open-source, so the question's still open.

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Asking for software recommendations is off-topic so I edited your question accordingly. Why does freeware/open source matter? If you're using Windows then WMP is available to you by default. – Karan Jul 12 '13 at 19:22

Use foobar2000. This ability is already built-in.

  1. Download & install foobar2000
  2. Go to File → Open audio CD → Drive settings and enable Limit drive speed while reading
  3. Click Rip and set up your desired MP3 settings such as tags and destination folder
  4. Click Play

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Can it rip/convert during playback? – Karan Jul 12 '13 at 19:17
@Karan Yes, I tested if before posting. Thats why I mentioned the "Limit drive speed option". Without that option enabled, its working too, but not very well. – nixda Jul 12 '13 at 19:54
Nice, didin't know foobar could do that. – Karan Jul 12 '13 at 21:40

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