Apple’s iTunes splits opinion; while some users swear by Apple’s media player, others cannot stand it. So, what are those that avoid iTunes supposed to do when they want to rip CDs to mp3?
Luckily there are a range of apps available to download on macOS/Mac OS X that offer the ability to rip CDs to mp3, and here’s where we showcase a handful of the best.
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While Max is a little long in the tooth now (the last update was way back in 2009), it’s still the go-to CD ripper for many Mac OS X/macOS users. While it’s primary function is to convert audio files, it features a built-in CD ripper that provides you with your favourite songs not only in mp3 format, but the likes of Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, AIFF and more.
While the UI is dated, it still gets the job done and it’s available to download completely free of charge.
For those looking for a more premium alternative to iTunes for ripping CDs, dBpoweramp is a decent option. It provides you with an easy way to rip your favourite songs from CD to mp3, along with many other file formats, and can even encode to multiple formats at the same time.
The developers pride the app’s ability to rip CDs fast and securely, and includes a features called AccurateRip that compares your rip with others and lets you know if your rip is error free.
There’s a bunch of other features offered too, although not everything is available during the free trial. Once the trial is over, a single license costs £30.
Rip is a simple CD audio ripper for Mac, although like Max, it hasn’t been updated since 2009. In fact, it’s still technically in beta, so you may run into some bugs along the way. But for a free piece of software, you can’t complain too much right?
It doesn’t offer support for as many file formats as other apps mentioned in this roundup, but it does offer mp3 encoding and will also include metadata (and even Album art) for available tracks.
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X Lossless Decoder
Along with Max, X Lossless Decoder is a hugely popular app for macOS and Mac OS X users, allowing you to rip and transcode your favourite songs on the go. It offers mp3 encoding along with a range of lossless formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless (.m4a), and is one of a relatively small number of free audio ripping apps for Mac that still receives regular updates.
It offers more advanced options for pro-audio users, with a detailed breakdown available on the XLD website.
WavePad is more of an audio editor than a dedicated CD ripping app, but it offers the ability to rip CDs as a feature. Due to the nature of the app, you can also edit the track once it has been imported, before exporting it to mp3 or a range of other audio formats (it supports most of the most popular formats).
It’s simple to use and offers a way to edit the track before exporting it, a feature not offered by many other CD ripping apps available for Mac.
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