What is CD ripper?
A CD ripper is a program that takes the tracks from an audio CD and converts them to another audio format such as WAV, MP3, AAC or Ogg Vorbis. This allows the tracks to be played on a computer or audio device without the CD being present.
A CD ripper is also known as a CD extractor or CD grabber.
A CD ripper copies the audio portion of a CD and converts it into a format that can be used with an audio program or a portable device such as an MP3 player or smartphone. It can be a component of a music player program, such as iTunes, or it can be a separate component, such as FreeRIP. A CD ripper is typically used when a user wants to listen to a CD on a device such as a smartphone or portable audio device and does not want to buy an album again from an online music store. In some cases, online music store publication may not be available at all.
CD rippers can convert CD audio to a variety of formats including MP3, WAV, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC. Rippers also often include error detection to correct audio playback errors such as clipping or skipping due to scratches on the disc. Many of them can add artist and song information to the resulting files and download them from a database such as Gracenote.