In plain English, this Windows freebie is a pure CD ripper that also provides a bunch of other utilities to enhance the whole process.
And the first thing you should notice after launching the program for the first time is the well-organized interface, although it gets a bit more complicated as you discover all its features.
The main window is being used to display the available tracks, along with information concerning the start frame, length and type, but also to let you select the songs to convert. A separate panel is aimed at info tags because yes, FreeRIP lets you edit tags as well, so you can easily input album title, artists, year, genre and all the other details.
What’s more, the application includes support for online CD databases to retrieve information automatically, but also an audio player to preview your songs before converting them.
In addition, FreeRIP supports multi-track ripping, which is actually a dedicated feature that can rip multiple tracks to a single file. There are separate options to pick the start and the end tracks, the output file name, output format and tags.
There are several settings to play with, so you can adjust info tags, encoding and network settings, as well as the output format and its parameters.
The ripping process doesn’t take much time and FreeRIP proved to be stable and reliable during our testing, running flawlessly regardless of the Windows version installed on your system.
All in all, FreeRIP is a handy piece of software that comes with a freeware license and provides a well-organized interface to target both beginners and more experienced users.
FreeRIP also integrates an MP3 tag editor that can handle both ID3 v1 and v2 tags, supports CD-Text and online CD databases for automatic metadata downloading. FreeRIP can download track data from the famous freedb.org, but also offers its exclusive FreeRIP CD DB which is a user-maintained database that offers a number of additional fields like lyrics, band, lyricist, etc.
FreeRIP also offers advanced features such as the ability to rip multiple CD tracks to a single MP3 file, and a search shortcut menu to help you find images, videos, information and lyrics. Despite the huge number of functions it incorporates, FreeRIP has an intuitive user interface; a toolbar with big icons and a main window divided into two parts, the first of which lists the tracks and the second part gives specific information on each track.
NOTE: You need to purchase a license if you want additional features, such as multi-core optimization and the ability to run it at a higher priority, allowing the maximum speed possible.
- Extracts audio tracks from CD to MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC and OGG Vorbis
- Extracts more than one track into a single audio file
- Extracts specific frames from audio CD
- Converts existing audio files and lets you change their properties
- Adjusts audio track volume while converting
- Gets CD-Text metadata from audio CDs to use as file tags
- Integrated support for online CD databases including the exclusive FreeRIP CD DB
- Builds local CD database for super-fast CD data retrieval
- Built-in FreeRIP CD DB submissions
- Support for ID3 v1 and v2 MP3 tagging
- Support for MP3, Wav, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC file conversion
- Integrated playlist generator (M3U, PLS, B4S, HTML, CSV)
- Integrated search button for finding tracks’ images, videos and lyrics
- Integrated MP3 tag editor
- Integrated Audio Player for tracks preview
- Support for many languages including Spanish, Portugese, German, French, Italian
- Compatible with all versions of Windows 32 Bit, including Windows 7
- Very easy to use