Thanks a lot for making this info easily available. Don
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I wonder about the need for EAC. When you use it to rip a CD, are you getting different/better results than you get ripping with iTunes (error correction enabled)?
On the Mac side, I have been comparing iTunes with a program called MAX, in which I can rip with CD Paranoia and all sorts of other redundancies. Takes a lot longer, but I don't think I can hear any differences. So I'm curious why so many people argue for EAC. Like many things in the world of computer audio, there is a lot of confusion out there.
EAC better than iTunes?
My exp says, "Yes, indeed".
having used both EAC and other ripping/burning apps, Nero, ITunes, Real Audio, Roxio, some i don't even recall, it's been so long now, EAC outperforms any I've tried.
Try it! Of all the things we pay hefty amounts for to gain even minor degrees of improvement, this is definitely worth giving a go, and it's FREE.
I believe you'll hear for yourself, the better results of ripping, and copying CDs with EAC will not go unnoticed.
If for some reason you don't... well, it was free, afterall, huh?
If you check the FAQ for EAC, you'll find it's creator says, "sorry... no mac support".
Only one way to slice up this turkey... see if it'll install... right? I'm thinking it won't. AS it would make sense to me that the Windows on Mac is an emulation, and the core (kernel) of the Mac is going to be non compliant. Stranger things have happened though...
As far as importing the file types into itunes, the supported ones should pose no issue during import if the right codec is being used. EAC offers support for many, and itunes also has a broad range it allows for in total.
What I'm missing I suppose is the way iTunes sounds off a Mac. Knowing nothing of that sonic output, I can only surmise it must be better than iTunes on a Windows platform. On Windows iTunes can easily be bested by other media players. Neither do these other media players encounter the sloppy navigation and skipping, iTunes often produces.
The only thing iTunes has going for it is it's versatile, easy to learn, and it's free... but better is definitely out there.
NOTE EG., iTunes
8.0 version of iTunes is now out... and I gotta say right off it does seem to work better, and sound better, than previous versions... but then all new installs sound good usually... at first.
the new feature called "Genius" on my install either doesn't work, or takes a REAL LONG time to send and receive it's required info. I let it stay on for an hour, and it never got to it's 'second' step of the three needed to configure and operate.