I am using mp3 format, 192 constant bit rate with stereo normal.
I tried a few things; 1st I played the CD with my DVD burner on my computer & went to the songs that were "skipping" I played the CDs in itunes, the CDs themselves played ok, those songs did not skip. I ripped one of the albums using windows media player, & went to the skipping track on one of the albums & it seemed to play ok. But on the other album I ripped; same song skipped in both windows media player & itunes.
I posted this same question in the apple support forums & someone suggested unchecking the use error encoding box for cds. I unchecked the use error encoding in itunes & re imported the album, then went to the troublesome track to play in itunes, & it was skipping badly again, so I think itunes is doing a bad job of ripping cds.
Its nice to know that the discs themselves do not seem to be bad. The only problem with using more than one program for managing my mp3 library is that it takes up hard drive space having duplicate libraries for each program; one library of albums ripped in windows media player, & another itunes library for syncing the ipod. I also notice when I drag & drop or add an album I ripped in windows media player into itunes, it will show up in itunes, but in windows explore it may not show up in my itunes library directory on my external hard drive.
So it seems to be hit & miss with some of these albums, I dont quite know what to do, the CDs themselves seem to play ok, but when ripped with itunes or windows media player, some times there is a skip with itunes, & not windows, & sometimes with both.
Is there a program that can do it all? without having to have multiple libraries for different purposes. Which free program is the best for ripping CDs?
I often just buy the used disc, because it is often cheaper, with shipping combined than buying the mp3 album.