By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
If Santa was really generous this year and gave you a lot of music CD’s, then you’ll probably appreciate this little tool. It’s not new by any means but I’ve just used it to back up my new Eagles CD and I figured it was worth a mention on this esteemed blog.
Whenever I get a new legally-bought music CD (phrasing my words carefully to please the RIAA!), I always make a private backup MP3 copy on the computer. Mainly because I spend 95% of my time at the computer and I find a MP3 copy of my music more convenient. Plus I am nervous of scratching the CD and ruining it. So I make my copy and put the original CD away someplace safe. Making a backup copy is perfectly legal as long as you bought a legal original copy and you don’t ever share the original or the copy with anyone else.
There, I think I’ve covered all my legal bases! ;-)
If you’re like me and you like to back up your music albums, the best tool on the market to achieve this is, in my opinion, CDex. It’s very easy to operate, and doesn’t require any advanced knowledge of audio editing. You just insert the CD and press the button for Cdex to start doing its work.
It works very fast and produces very high quality MP3 copies (or WAV copies) of each song. The program is also open-source so if you feel like poking around in the source code to improve it then no-one will hold you back. The program works on all versions of Windows.
The only downside to the tool is that all the songs come out as “audiotrack.mp3”. To edit the ID3 tags so the song titles show up properly on a MP3 player or computer media player, use a freeware Windows shell program such as Audioshell.
Does anyone have any other similar programs that they prefer to back up their music with?