questionsbest way to bulk transfer audio cds to mp3?

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There are mail in services like http://www.ripdigital.com/ that will do it for you but I think they are prohibitively expensive.

I converted about 100 over the course of a weekend using itunes. You can set it to automatically rip when a music CD is put in the drive and set it to auto-eject the CD when it finishes ripping. As you use the computer and/or walk past it throughout the day just remove the finished CDs from the drive and pop the next one in and close the tray.

Won't work quite as well because mine were music CDs with album and track info that iTunes could look up.

I have a DOS bat script that renames pictures based on parent folder names that you could easily alter for mp3 files if you went this route I'd be happy to get it to you - might help some.

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I think @tygerdave has the best approach... I was going to suggest BonkEnc, but that does virtually the same thing. I might have to look into that old DOS script option though... I'm amazed to even see DOS mentioned in this day and age :) Programmers have always had it better when it came to complex stuff.

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Thanks for the suggestions... man was hoping for a less manual way, but I guess that is about it. maybe gonna try http://www.freerip.com/ and/or BonkEnc. I do not want to use iTunes cause I don't want all these added to my library, just need to archive them as MP3 and get rid of all these spindles of cds.

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@josefresno: I use audigrabber. It's an old program, but it direct rip encodes to mp3. You have to download a special codec... but I like it WAY better than iTunes...

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Step 1: Design and build a nuclear-powered robot.

Step 2: Command it to figure out how to rip all those CDs.

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If you want to rip 300+ audio cds, you must first invent the universe.

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I ripped all my cd's to MP3's using windows media player. I've got a lot more than 300. Believe it or not it did not take all that long to use the one at a time method. Just open media player, use the drop down for tools to get up the options box. Go to the Rip music tab and check rip when insert. Select the always radio button and check eject CD when ripping is complete Point to where on your external drive you want them stored with the rip music to this location. Now just start feeding CD's into the drive. Like I said it's a lot quicker than you think.

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if you want to maintain full audio quality, I suggest ripping to flac instead of mp3. Sure,the file is a lot bigger, but these days external drives are pretty cheap... I picked up a 3tb for $100 a few weeks ago

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@josefresno: I had a bunch of disks to rip, and was considering hacking a small CD production machine to automate the process. Look on eBay for Primera Bravo; I know it has a free SDK. Other CD robots might work too.