When you “play” a CD, whether it be music or audiobook, your CD drive is spinning at waht I would call “normal” speed and can probably, thanks to over-sampling, etc. handle the scratch or defect on the CD itself.
But when you “rip” a CD, your drive is spinning at a very high rpm, hence the term “rip”. The laser inside is trying to copy all the information on the CD while it’s going around at the speed of light! It’s like counting the cars in the Indy 500. While they’re on the pace lap it’s easy, but wait till that green flag drops and Oh Boy, Look out! Now just try to count these same cars as they’re whizzing past your face at 190 mph! You’re going to miss some, or at least some of the details about each car.
You might try some different software (Winamp, Media Monkey, etc.), but I think if the CD(s) are actually scratched to this degree (and not just some schmutz on them) then you may be SOL [Something Outta Luck]
EDIT: If you can find some software to “record” directly from your CD drive while you’re playing it, then you could convert it (if necessary) to .mp3 format. I was just trying to get Audacity to do it, but couldn’t. I know I can make audio recordings with a microphone and save them and either .wav or .mp3 but I couldn’t figure out how to get it to record from the CD drive.
Message Edited by Tapeworm on 08-01-2008 12:26 PM