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?
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.