Go with WAV, it will be lossless...
When converting the PC converts a Cd to wav first then to other formats. If you're going to save to a HDD save as flac(alot of newer players handle flac) since it's still lossless. With flac you can now convert back to wav with no loss, or convert to mp3(320 being choice), or back to cdda.
Lots of helpful info on the internet.
Mental - I did find DBpoweramp on the net. It is Windows only. Wasn't sure (still not) about the S/W? [Late arriving thought...software??] Anyway, I did find XLD for Mac but it looks like freeware code or something. Not sure how to use it. What's wrong with Apple Lossless vs any of the other lossless formats? Not real computer savvy on my end. Thanks for trying to help. Hopefully this is also helpful to OP Jake and not just hijacking on my part.
I transfer all my CD's to AIFF via ITunes and think they sound great!
It is also a lossless format and I cannot tell the difference from the original CD.
Have over 5000 songs.
Listen mostly in my office system which consist of Mac PRO -->Esoteric RZ-1-->Evolution Acoustics MMMicro speakers (factory stands).
The nearfield listening setup rivals my Reference System in every audio aspect.
I use max or xld and this produces a much better rip over straight iTunes. Also, I used to rip in 24 bit but lately using 32 bit. The files are larger but who cares, disk is cheap. I have 2000 CDs ripped using iTunes with audirvana plus. This extra step is well worth it over using iTunes for ripping.
@Ghosthouse...aha, Mac users, I do forget about you guys> grinz
Apple has great appz too, I grew up on the PC, never could afford the Mac :p lol
I prefer appz that are free, have to use ur noodle a little more but the learning process of what you're doing is a plus opposed to just slap it in and hit a couple of buttons. :)
I will suggest another app if you want to get deep into editing and tweaking old recordings, bad ones, etc., Adobe Audition.