Tagged With ripping

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If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you'll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Dear Lifehacker, I know MP3 is the most popular audio format out there, but there are so many others — like AAC, FLAC, OGG and WMA — that I'm not really sure which one I should be using. What's the difference between them, and which one should I use to rip my music?

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Ever since Apple introduced disc burning into Mac OS X, third-party software stopped seeing much development. While there aren't a ton of disc-burning apps still in the running, Burn still stands strong as our top choice thanks to its simplicity, powerful feature set and $0 price tag.

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Windows: If you've ever tried in vain to find a song you heard on a streaming internet radio station but didn't get to the song info in time, StreamWriter can help. The free Windows program can record multiple audio streams simultaneously and also features scheduled recordings, a wishlist of songs you want to record, and the ability to add songs to an ignore list.

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You may buy most of your music online these days, but many of us still have a big collection of CDs collecting dust in the cabinet. Here's how to import those CDs to your computer using iTunes.

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Upon receiving her new MacBook Air, my mother asked me how she's supposed to watch movies on the plane without a DVD drive. If you've got people asking you similar questions, here are some easy-to-follow instructions for ripping a DVD to your computer.

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Yes, the times are changing. Yes, we've cut back on purchasing CDs, DVDs and BDs lately. Yes, we still have plenty of discs lying around in jewel cases on dusty shelves or in enormous three-ring binders. And yes — most definitely yes — we want to be able to access all these movies and songs from our PC, television and our shiny new smartphone.

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We've certainly discussed Handbrake in the past, but we've neglected to actually show you how to use it to rip a DVD. If you haven't gotten into Handbrake because you've found it a little confusing or intimidating, here's how to get started.

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Windows (AIR 2.0): HandBrake is our favourite media converter and DVD ripping tool. DropFolders automates HandBrake slightly, having it watch a folder, convert what it finds and drop it wherever you'd like.