ripping issue

I have an older 2-disk CD I am trying to rip using Windows Media Player for sincing to my Fuze.

Evidently the info for this CD is indicating that this CD is now a 1-disc CD.

WMP will only allow me to rip 1 of the disks. When I try to rip the second CD WMP thinks the CD is already present and ejects disk 2.

How can I make WMP rip both CD’s.

Go offline to rip the second disc. But you’ll have to put in the tag information (Artist, Album, song titles, track numbers) with WMP (highlight the files, right-click on them, Advanced Tag Editor) or another program like the free mp3tag .

You could also try ripping with a different ripping program, like Media Monkey, www.mediamonkey.com  . It doesn’t use the same online database that WMP uses. 

@manlyman wrote:

I have an older 2-disk CD I am trying to rip using Windows Media Player for sincing to my Fuze.

Evidently the info for this CD is indicating that this CD is now a 1-disc CD.

WMP will only allow me to rip 1 of the disks. When I try to rip the second CD WMP thinks the CD is already present and ejects disk 2.

How can I make WMP rip both CD’s.

I was an audio dealer when CDs were first introduced and I have a ton of 1st generation CDs; and just like you, have some that were ultimately released later as a single CD or with the tracks in different order.  I also have a great deal of disks that came from Overseas markets.  With that said, I’ve never had a problem such as you describe; but I don’t use WMP either.  So, it sounds like another in a long list of oddities associated with WMP.  It’s your call if you want to struggle with WMP or not.  My guess if it happened this one time it will happen again.

Almost any of the major music databases that grab your CD’s info during the ripping process will show you an alternate list if there were multiple pressings of a given CD.  Then, you can choose the correct disc in said list; and the ripping process continues without a hitch.

Besides the already mentioned mediamonkey, there are plenty of capable ripper/tagger programs out there that will beat the socks off WMP.  Exact Audio Copy and the Ripper within dbpoweramp are the two I use most often, with excellent results.  I also occasionally use a free ripper/tagger/converter program called the BonkEnc Audio Encoder that also works outstanding.  Only you can determine which program is right for your needs. 

Hey, that BonkEnc looks interesting–thanks for that. It mentions that it can use CD Text, which is good (for recent releases that include CD Text, not older ones) because that would mean you could rip offline and still get tags.

It does use freedb online, which is only as good as the tags users contribute, so do take a look at the tags you get for spelling errors or other oddities. 

Another ripper is, believe it or not, iTunes, which uses CDDB, the big commercial online database (so does Winamp, but it wants you to pay for CD ripping to mp3). It won’t sync to the Sansa, and its mp3 encoder is not as good as the one in Media Monkey (but just as good as WMP), but it does get excellent tags. You need to reset it (under Edit/Preferences/Advanced) to rip to .mp3 rather than .aac, and choose a folder where it will put the ripped albums (which could be the same folder you’re using for the WMP library). The tags it gets are ID3v2.2, which the Sansa seems to accept.  

For what it’s worth, this is the last free version of dbPoweramp, which is quite a useful converter. I’ve never used it for ripping.

http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/Audio-Video/dBpowerAmp.html

If you upgrade it, you’ll have to pay. 

The free Media Coder also rips. I don’t know where it gets tags–probably freedb.

http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/

You can have any ripper store the ripped albums into the same folder used by WMP, and then if you are synching or doing other things with WMP, it will find the albums. 

On the other hand, if you’re just using WMP to rip, you could do better.  

Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 12-13-2009 08:46 AM

I usually use dbpoweramp (I have a commercial license, as I use it for work and pleasure) for ripping/encoding/tagging/converting.  I actually prefer it to the highly touted Exact Audio Copy.  Like EAC, it can produce bit perfect copies, yet it is optimized for multi-processor computers, so it’s quite a bit faster than EAC.

But, like all software, each individual has to determine which is best for their needs.

fuze_owner-GB wrote:

I usually use dbpoweramp (I have a commercial license, as I use it for work and pleasure) for ripping/encoding/tagging/converting.  I actually prefer it to the highly touted Exact Audio Copy.  Like EAC, it can produce bit perfect copies, yet it is optimized for multi-processor computers, so it’s quite a bit faster than EAC.

 

But, like all software, each individual has to determine which is best for their needs.

Very interesting! I’ll have to look into it when I get a real job. :wink:

I’m very happy with how much faster EAC is running now compared to the old machine,but the real revelation is the external compression…the .flac.exe is _ screamingly _ fast now.  :smileyvery-happy:

Thanks, everyone.

The Mediamonkey worked great.

I will investigate your other suggestions.

I will not be using the Windoze crap again (I should have known better)