What program are you using to do the rips? And are you using a Windows or a Mac or something else?
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You have to set EAC to freedb in settings. I think you also have to enter an email address. I have always put a fake email address.
Another nice free tool is Cuetools. It does so many useful things like converting file types. It can also check your old rips against the Accurip database to make sure they are bit perfect.
I always do test and copy. I also always create both a log and cue files. It really does not matter if you compress while you rip or later. I usually just rip to Flac. I think you need to add the Flac add on to EAC to do this but I might be wrong. It has been a while since I set mine up.
Cuetools can also add the metadata and convert the files to Flac.