Originally Posted by 62ohm
I use Windows Media Player to rip all my CDs into WAV lossless, are they any good?
Yes, that's a very viable, if not feature-rich, solution for archiving your CD's. But there are much more advanced tools available at no cost.
Here's what I use:
Exact Audio Copy - Ripping software
FLAC - Lossless compression
Lame .mp3 - lossy compression
MP3TAG - Tag editor software
EAC is a fairly advanced tool for ripping audio from CD and it can be a little intimidating at first, but there are some very good tutorials. You have a lot of control over pretty much every facet of the ripping process. By default, EAC will rip to .wav uncompressed lossless. But you can configure it to use whatever compression algorithm you want. I use FLAC for things that I want a high degree of quality on and LAME .mp3 for when space is a concern, like for music to go on my phones SD card.