Developer: MG Shareware
OS: Win 95/98/NT/ME/2000
Installed Size: 576KB
Function: Ripping, Encoding
Lean, mean rippin' machine! FreeRip can quickly pull the audio off your CDs and convert to MP3 with the LAME encoder. The program will also function as an Ogg Vorbis mp3 converter with the open source Ogg encoder included.
Once a naughty little adware program that used your Internet connection to pull down custom ads just for you, FreeRip has reformed and now only pulls ads from the program itself on your hard drive. You may get sick of the same ads but at least you don't have to worry about privacy concerns.
The program is small and takes up very little space on your hard drive. Output quality is OK, I did notice a few bumps in the test file I listened to when ripping and encoding at 160kbps. There is also a WinAmp plugin to play Ogg Vorbis in that popular player. The only drawback to the program is the lack of a minimize button which is odd for a program of the 21st century.
For a free tool, this is worth the time. The other free tools mentioned to the left are also very good so download and start comparing to see what works for you. For full MP3 conversion capabilities, pair this program with MP3 CD Burner to decode and burn MP3 to CD.
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