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The latest version of the FreeRIP 3 features some long overdue enhancements. Chief among them is the inclusion of the WMA format, and it's hard to believe it wasn't included before. FreeRip also supports WAV, MP3, Vorbis, and FLAC. Other features include multitrack ripping and an option to use the program as an audio-file converter. The options menu is extensive and will appeal to any advanced user, since it makes most manners of customization a cinch.

What is FreeRIP3?
FreeRip3 is a free and easy to use Windows application that can record digital audio tracks directly from compact discs to PC files. You can save CD audio tracks to CD-quality WAV files or encode them to OGG Vorbis, Wma, MP3 or Flac compressed audio formats. It can also convert audio files from/to WMA, Wav, MP3, Vorbis and Flac. FreeRip supports ID3v1/v2 tagging and CD-Text. Now it includes integrated support for download CD info from FreeRIP Cd Database or Moreover FreeRIP includes a search shortcut menu, to help you find images, videos, information and lyrics about current artist or track. Supports multiple languages (English, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Catalan, Norwegian...) FreeRIP version 3 supports extended tagging and ID3 v2 standard and it also provides access to FreeRIP CD Database, an Open Source, collaborative CD info repository.

Like a finely tuned laser, FreeRip 3 does one task: extract songs from your CDs. Fortunately, the app accomplishes its goals accurately, if not with flair, and makes for an easy-to-use audio-track ripper. The interface is well done, with big icons and a friendly main window split into two sections. The left pane lists the tracks, and the right gives you specific info on each song and has a tab to switch to CD-wide info. The toolbar has icons for all the major functions of the app as well as links to the publisher's community pages. In the end, FreeRip doesn't do anything its competitors don't, but it functions well, is uncomplicated and quick, and has no price tag.

License: Free
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
File Size: 1.63MB