Originally Posted by somnathheadfi
I will ask one more noob question. I'm converting my cds to flac. In using exact audio copy for conversion and foober for tagging. I'm trading the artist name, album name and genre so far. Like say Bob Marley, the best of and reggae. Is that enough? Can I rank the individual songs somehow? I want to make specific playlists for different moods. Please provide tips for that. Thanks in advance
When I started ripping my CD's to FLAC the conventional wisdom was to use Exact Audio Copy to do this. I ripped a thousand CD's or more this way. As you mention, a different program may be needed to properly tag the files. Then someone clued me into using dBpoweramp Reference to rip my discs. I haven't touched EAC since. dBpoweramp rips, rates, tags, and grabs cover art in one easy program. It checks your rips against Accurate Rip to make sure you got it right. As with Exact Audio Copy there are options you will want to select before you start ripping, but far fewer. You just want to let the program test your CD or DVD drive and then set it up to rip in "Secure Mode". After you have ripped a CD with dBpoweramp in Secure Mode you have a good rip with proper tags and art. It costs money and I'd pay it yearly if I had to, thankfully you just pay for it once. Highly recommended.
Exact Audio Copy is fine, I won't say anything against it. But dBpoweramp is miles ahead. I am not certain how to make playlists that work with the X3 so I can't help you there. For additional tagging needs I use a program called Tag and Rename, as well as a tagger from a website called MusicBrainz. (MusicBrainz Picard is the name of the tagger) I use these programs when dealing with non-ripped files or to correct mistakes. The Foobar Tagger is quite useful as well. MusicBrainz is a website that tries to help people make sure their files are tagged correctly. dBpoweramp can select from multiple sources for it's tagging information, MusicBrainz is one of the choices and the one I rely on the most.
I'd say do some research before you start ripping a lot of discs. And the most important thing is to BACK UP YOUR FILES, preferably on at least one external hard drive that you turn off except for when you are backing up to it. I have multiple hard drives in multiple locations as I have spent thousands of hours ripping and tagging. You don't want a virus or a hard drive crash to cause you to start over. :)
Edited by aangen - 1/14/14 at 1:06am