with EAC, you can rip the audio CD to a huge wav file which is accompanied by a .cue (where the track information is stored). This [I]pair of files[/I] is something roughly similar to .iso images of data discs.
Alternatively, you can rip the discs to single .WAV files that are stored within a folder.
As my first post I’ll start by saying Great forum!
Next, I’m glad to see someone else using EAC.
And I firmly agree with the OP about not carrying expensive
originals in the vehicle.
I Highly recommend EAC both for ripping and burning.
I started using it (after a websearch looking for a CD-Text editor) as
soon as I got a Car Stereo head unit that would display CD Text information.
I have however had some minor issues with the software… particularly with the program’s automatically generated cue sheet.
The CD’s copied via “image” or copying all audio as wavs and creating the cue as a seperate operation played fine in my older (hand me down)
Sony CDX-M610 head unit.
The “problems” (what there were) came when spurred by the desire
to see CD-Text info on CD’s played in my Disc Changer, so I first replaced the Sony EXCD-3 changer I had been running with a CDX-646 changer
That worked fine, however the CDX-646 only displays Disc titles, not trac titles…
Next (ebay to the rescue) I snagged a used CDX-757MX changer,
which DOES display track title information… and here’s where the aggrevation began.
the Disc titles displayed but on SOME burned discs the discs would not begin play immediatly (long delay, much disc “churning” in the changer)
then would begin playing somewhere in the middle of trac 8-10 on the CD.
I could manually jump back a track at a time to track #2 but if I wanted track#1 to play at all I had to “Rewind” manually through the track
As it turned out the “fix” was to either create my own cue sheet manually
(and typing in the tract titles in the “flags” line of the cue sheet)
OR to create a fresh cue cheet and edit in a 5-10second “pregap” to the first track.
This problem was only related to playing discs in my CDX-757MX CD changer. the “problem” discs play fine in the head unit, in in the Pioneer and Alpine head units in friends vehicles.
They also played fine in the previous changers.
I refuse to carry original CD’s in my vehicle where they can be dammaged, lost or stolen.
The fact that my copies have Text information that the originals lack… Icing on the cake.
I got spoiled by having artist and title displayed on my Sirius radio
Now to get something more than the abbreviated filename appended by ~.mp3 when I play an mp3-CD in my mp3 capable changer:)
Though that particular issue may be entirely due to my older head unit.