I can't find a link to download this app that works. Do you have one? Thank you
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Bugman03, here's where I downloaded XLD.
John, this is the only track I've done a critical comparison with so far. Probably wouldn't have done it except I noticed something seemed wrong. It wasn't anything in the tone, timbre or any other sonic character I could discern with the standard AIFF rip. Only the spatial characteristic provided by Q sound seemed wrong. Once I ripped it with XLD I did another comparison with the cd and this time could hear no difference at all.
Now as to ease of use, keep in mind I'm not the most computer literate person and normally struggle with new apps. There is nothing intuitive about using XLD for me. The one thing that made it easier for me was to go into preferences and check the button for "begin rip when cd is inserted." I think that's what it's called.
As I would only put a cd in the Mini if was to be ripped I have no problem with this. You also have to point where to put the ripped music each time which threw me for a while.
itunes was set to rip to AIFF with error correction on. XLD is also ripping to AIFF. As far as I can recall the only setting I changed was to have cds ripped upon insertion. Set to rip and eject when complete.
While cds are ripping there is a progress display. It takes quite a bit longer to rip with XLD as itunes. Probably at least three times longer.
I have done a comparison with another selection. The song is Famous Blue Raincoat by Tori Amos. I get so much more from her version than I do from Jennifer Warnes, but that's another topic for discussion. As for the comparison, the results were the same as Roger Waters. Standard itunes sounds very good but not quite up to the original cd. With the XLD rip I can not distinguish it from the original. A boring description but what else needs to be said? To my ears, and I was intently listening, all of the richness of the original is there in the ripped file.
I notice that XLD offers playback capability. Though interested in using for just ripping, I use Amarra for playback and file conversion and do not want XLD to disrupt the Amarra playback in my system. Are there settings in XLD that would allow me to shut down the XLD playback capability to just use for ripping cd's?
Meaning you have to manually direct the tracks to your library?Not each track individually. Here's a quick play by play: pop the cd in and a window pops up from xld showing cd is being read, next a window show "pregap" detection, finally the xld window asking where to put the ripped files. I direct the file into the folder where all other albums are located and start the rip. Maybe 30 seconds, not a big deal.
As for playback, I only used it once. The itunes interface is much better IMO.