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Easy but fully featured AAC ripper, Looking for something "parent-proof"
ClashRocker
post Nov 11 2012, 16:09
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Mother has a Nexus7, and it's a fantastic device, she wants to copy music to it from her CD's Now I could do it for her, but I would prefer to show her how to do it herself. The problem is, I have yet to find a suitable program. They are either WAY to complex and are a sledgehammer to crack a nut (MediaMonkey), or don't support M4A with embeded album art (EAC), or do M4a, but don't support album (FreAc)

Surely there must be something out there suitable?

The requirements are:

  • Easy to use (1 click rip/encode/get album art)
  • M4A AAC format
  • Embedded Album Art


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slks
post Nov 25 2012, 11:50
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Normally I would never recommend iTunes - it's a bloated piece of inflexible crap whose sole purpose on my computer is to allow me access to Apple's AAC encoder. Every time I need to disable multiple startup entries and system services because iTunes needed an update, I wonder if it's even worth it having installed.

But for the criteria you laid out, it sounds like you're looking for a piece of software that's a bit "dumbed down" - and iTunes does meet that requirement.

1-click embedded album art is the main stickler here. Certainly there are other rippers capable of embedding album art, but it seems those are more powerful/complex pieces of software which are out of the "parent-proof" category.

As far as standards compliance goes, iTunes AAC files use a normal MPEG-4 container, which I'm fairly sure is standards-compliant. Even if it isn't compliant to the MPEG standard by the letter, it's certainly the de-facto standard. For years it's been the goal of other AAC encoders (like Nero) to produce files that match iTunes format and so will play in the largest number of players.

(And if you want to get that technical, your "standard" MP3s aren't actually standard either - LAME/Xing headers were dreamt up years after the MPEG-1 Layer III standards were finalized. IIRC, even ID3 tags and VBR are non-standard extensions to the format.)

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post Nov 25 2012, 12:13
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QUOTE (slks @ Nov 25 2012, 11:50) *
iTunes - it's a bloated piece of inflexible crap whose sole purpose on my computer is to allow me access to Apple's AAC encoder. Every time I need to disable multiple startup entries and system services because iTunes needed an update, I wonder if it's even worth it having installed.


If the AAC encoder is all you care about, you can unpack the iTunes installer exe with something that supports 7zip (like WinRAR), install only AppleApplicationSupport.msi and then use qaac. No iTunes needed!


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- ClashRocker   Easy but fully featured AAC ripper   Nov 11 2012, 16:09
- - eahm   I am afraid to say it but a good and very simple o...   Nov 11 2012, 16:25
- - MuncherOfSpleens   I would not recommend it under normal circumstance...   Nov 11 2012, 17:36
|- - ClashRocker   QUOTE (MuncherOfSpleens @ Nov 11 2012, 17...   Nov 12 2012, 00:39
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 11 2012, 18:39) ...   Nov 12 2012, 00:58
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 01:39) ...   Nov 12 2012, 19:59
- - korth   CUERipper (part of CUETools) might do. You would n...   Nov 11 2012, 18:59
- - yourlord   Soooooo, your plan is to encode to a format encumb...   Nov 12 2012, 01:02
|- - ClashRocker   QUOTE (yourlord @ Nov 12 2012, 01:02) Soo...   Nov 12 2012, 09:13
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 10:13) ...   Nov 12 2012, 10:06
||- - ClashRocker   QUOTE (Porcus @ Nov 12 2012, 10:06) QUOTE...   Nov 12 2012, 19:20
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 20:20) ...   Nov 12 2012, 20:23
|- - Soap   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 04:13) ...   Nov 12 2012, 12:13
|- - yourlord   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 03:13) ...   Nov 12 2012, 17:03
||- - Porcus   There's hardly anyone using raw .aac files? La...   Nov 12 2012, 17:36
|- - skamp   QUOTE (ClashRocker @ Nov 12 2012, 09:13) ...   Nov 12 2012, 20:48
- - greynol   As it was worded, what followed was just as troubl...   Nov 12 2012, 16:17
- - greynol   I had a similar situation.   Nov 12 2012, 21:33
- - slks   Normally I would never recommend iTunes - it's...   Nov 25 2012, 11:50
|- - skamp   QUOTE (slks @ Nov 25 2012, 11:50) iTunes ...   Nov 25 2012, 12:13
- - Busemann   Why not just get your mother a subscription for Sp...   Nov 25 2012, 14:51


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