I use Max as well. Not so much for the ripping (I did that originally in EAC)
But the thing I love about Max is the transcoder. You can go from pretty much any format and output to multiple other formats in the one pass.
Max has a lot more options as to how the ripped files are output, the directory layout and such, something that just isn't configurable in iTunes. If you know anything about Applescripting you can have a script do some post processing.
The other app I use is Media Rage, which is lots of small apps all in one.http://www.chaoticsoftware.com/Produ...MediaRage.html
I use a combination of all three (iTunes/Max/MediaRage) to a greater or lesser extent.