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Playing and Extracting Audio CDs

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When you insert an audio CD, the Sound Juicer CD player and ripper opens automatically. To play the CD, click the Play button or press Ctrl-P. To play a particular track, double-click on the track or select the track and click Play.

To extract (rip) your audio CD, make sure the tracks that you want to rip are selected, then click the Extract button or press Ctrl-Enter.

Note: If you are connected to the internet, Sound Juicer will retrieve the CD artist, title, and track data from MusicBrainz.org, a community-maintained database which contains data on over 360,000 albums.

To start Sound Juicer manually, choose Applications->Sound & Video->Sound Juicer CD Extractor.

You can use the preferences window to control where the extracted audio files are stored on your computer, the filename of extracted audio files, and the file format and codec used for the files. In the main window, choose Edit->Preferences.

Sound Juicer can extract audio files to the following formats:

  • Ogg Vorbis - Ogg Vorbis is a patent-free lossy audio compression format which typically produces higher quality and greater compression than MP3. See the Vorbis website for more information.

  • FLAC - FLAC is the Free Lossless Audio Codec. It can compress audio files up to 50% without removing any information from the audio stream. For more information on this format, see the FLAC homepage on sourceforge.net.

  • WAV - Use the WAV format for voice recordings. Sound Juicer uses this format for low quality mono audio files.

You can also extract CD audio files to the proprietary non-free MP3 format. Instructions on how to rip to the MP3 format are in the help for Sound Juicer. Choose Help->Contents and navigate to the Preferences section.

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