Express Rip Free CD Ripper does exactly as its name would suggest. It is software for extracting the audio from your CDs and turning them into digital audio files such as MP3s and the like. It is designed to do one thing and it does that one thing very well.
The interface looks good and is intuitive and easy to use. Easy to understand Graphical icons put the main features front and center. The software automatically connects to music databases and identifies the tracks and the albums the tracks are from, making audio file management refreshingly straightforward.
Express Rip Free CD Ripper can rip CDs using its default settings, and if you are pushed for time, or just want your music ripped, then it does an excellent job of doing that all by itself. It takes care of all the ripping, converting, encoding and decoding your music and other audio files directly to your hard drive effortlessly.
The software uses direct digital extraction to make sure that there is no loss in audio quality when audio is ripped, and users can also finetune the process by correcting and adjusting the volume of tracks before the ripping process begins. The actual Ripping process is as simple as placing your CD into the tray and letting the software do the rest. Express Rip managed to rip everything we threw at it quickly and painlessly. (20 CDs) and gave us a choice of 21 different formats to save our test albums on. Of course, most users will probably opt for the default choice of MP3, but it’s always nice to have a wide array of options to choose from.
- Refreshingly easy to use.
- Choice of output formats.
- Quality CD digital audio extraction.
- Choice of Bitrates for MP3 encoding.
- Good online help manuals.
- Fast ripping.
- No annoying ‘Extras’ you’ll never need or use.
- Small download.
Overall, Express Rip doesn’t have a huge multitude of features, but that’s a good thing and only strengthens its appeal. It’s also one of the reasons we really like it. It’s one purpose is to rip CDs to digital audio and that’s what it does unlike a lot other similar software out there.
Crucially however, it does have all the features you need if you want to take music from a CD and transfer it onto a computer or other device such as your smartphone or dedicated music player.
We honestly can’t recommend this software enough, although the fact that anyone under the age of 21 thinks of Compact Discs as something ‘old people’ from the 20th Century use, made some of us in the office feel old, and angry, in equal measure.