How to rip Audio CD to FLAC?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. As its name suggests, it's a
patent-free way of encoding audio without quality losses. FLAC files are
typically bigger than MP3s, but one should take into account that MP3 is a
lossy format, which means that some portion of quality is lost every time you
convert any audio to MP3. With FLAC, it is not the case, and thus it is
possible to encode music into FLAC and have the identical quality, compared to
the source Audio CD. That (and patent-freeness) is the reason why FLAC is
becoming more and more popular, and even hardware devices such as media players
tend to add support for this format.
So, converting Audio CD to FLAC instead of some lossy format like MP3 can be
a good idea. Let's try it with a program that can convert popular audio formats
and rip Audio CDs, AudioConverter Studio.
Step 1: Download and install the program.
Download AudioConverter Studio to your
computer and start the downloaded file. Follow instructions of the setup wizard
to install the program to your computer.
Step 2: Start the program. Choose to rip Audio CD tracks.
Insert the Audio CD you want to convert to FLAC, then launch the program.
AudioConverter Studio will show a wizard, inviting you to start converting your
audio files or ripping Audio CDs. Let's choose to rip Audio CD (the 3rd option)
Click "Next" (2).
The CD you inserted will be read by the program, including such details as
CD-Text (if available). If no information about tracks were found on the disc,
AudioConverter Studio will automatically send a CDDB query and download
information from the internet.
By default, the program will select all tracks of your Audio CD for
converting. You can remove selection from tracks that you do not need, or
simply click "Next" to convert the complete CD.
Step 3: Select output folder and format.
In the next step, you can select a folder on your computer to save the
future FLAC files to (1).
The "Input folder" option cannot be used here for obvious reasons (your
Audio CD is read-only), so just select some folder on your computer. You need
to have necessary permissions to save to the folder.
Below, pick out some naming pattern. For example, we selected
<Artist>\<Album>\<Track> - <Title>, so our files will
be named like 02 - Piece of Me.flac and saved to the folders "Britney
Finally, click "Next".
Select "FLAC" from the "Output format" field (1) and click "Next" (2).
If "Prelisten conversion" is selected in this window, only parts of your
tracks will be converted instead of complete tracks.
Step 4: Convert Audio CD to FLAC.
This is the final step of the audio conversion wizard. Here you can verify
all details and click "Finish" to start ripping your Audio CD to FLAC.
The free trial version of AudioConverter Studio converts only 10 tracks in
one go, you can repeat the process as many times as you wish. If you like the
program, you can register it and remove all limitations.
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