I have been exploring Exact Audio Copy, it seems to be one of the best around, & I have been using this guide; http://www.teqnilogik.com/tutorials/eac.shtml
I got through to about where it describes settings compression options, & (using LAME 3.97) is click able & leads to this; http://www.rarewares.org/mp3.php
If these links I placed here are not click able, they can be copied to ones browser bar.
I see there is an mp3 tab from which one can pick different LAMEs, which one should I choose? I clicked on the LAME bundles, & I downloaded the zip file for the LAME 3.99.a1 the bundle at the top of this list.
I am running windows XP home edition service pack 2 on a Dell PC with a Pentium processor, & 1GB of RAM. My drive I am using is a Pioneer DVD-+RW drive, DVR-111L.
I followed all the steps for mp3 in the compression settings guide, except I am a little confused on the LAME part. It seems to be separate from exact audio copy, but works along side it to compress to mp3.
I feel a little lost right now, it seems I have to take a lot of steps just to insure I can get accurate mp3 rips of my CDs. I have so far been using itunes, ripping at 192 at a constant bit rate. but apparently it is not so accurate or reliable. Are there any other simple accurate programs that would be better than itunes or windows media player? I have about 300+ albums, & I am trying to determine whether it is worth re ripping them all, it will be somewhat tedious.