I've been trying to use VLC to rip a CD, using the Convert / Save menu option as shown in this guide. Whenever I try this, though, no matter what settings I pick, I get a 0 byte file. What's the correct way to rip a CD to file?


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I had the same problem. It turned out that in the first menu 'start position' was set to track "0". Simply changing it to 1 or whatever track you want to rip should solve it


Try resetting your preferences, by going to Tools->Preferences and clicking on Reset Preferences. Apparently changing the bitrate even once garbles the output.

You might also try this batch file.

There are many other ripping tools recommended on Superuser, as well (see here for Linux, and here for Windows).

  • Chris, you soliloquized? You say to yourself, "Try resetting your preferences"? :)) Nov 7, 2016 at 15:38
  • Just following house style :P
    – Chris
    Nov 7, 2016 at 15:39
  • Aaand in the end the conversion stuttered, so I ended up using WMP to rip and VLC to convert the ripped file.
    – Chris
    Nov 7, 2016 at 16:39
  • Since you are moving beyond VLC -- check exactaudiocopy.de
    – nik
    Nov 7, 2016 at 17:24

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