Exact Audio Copy

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Exact Audio Copy
Exact-Audio-Copy-Icon.png
Developer(s)Andre Wiethoff
Initial release25 June 1998;
21 years ago
 (1998-06-25)[1]
Stable release
1.3 / 3 September 2016;
3 years ago
 (2016-09-03)[1]
Operating systemWindows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Size5.0 MB
TypeCD ripper
LicenseProprietary, Freeware
Websiteexactaudiocopy.de

Exact Audio Copy (EAC) is a CD ripping program for Microsoft Windows. It has also been tested to work under newer versions of Wine on Linux.[2] The program was created by Andre Wiethoff in 1998, while he was a student at the University of Dortmund in Germany. Wiethoff stated that he became "fed up with other audio grabbers"[3] that only do jitter correction while scratched CDs often produce distortions, and decided to develop his own.

Exact Audio Copy is proprietary freeware, free for non-commercial use,[4] and popular among audiophiles for its accuracy and ability to rip slightly damaged audio compact discs.

Overview[edit]

EAC is used to convert the tracks on standard audio CDs to WAV files, which can then be transcoded into other formats. These include lossy ones such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, or lossless ones such as ALAC, FLAC, or WavPack using external encoders. It also has the option of using the Windows Audio Compression Manager (ACM Codecs) for direct compression. It supports AccurateRip, which automatically compares the copy with rips made by others,[5] and can automatically create cue sheets, with all gaps, track attributes, ISRC, and CD-Text included. EAC also supports automatic ID3 tagging using Internet-based databases such as freedb, GD3 (see below), or a local database.

If there are uncorrectable errors the software reports the error location.

History[edit]

In release 1.0b1, EAC supported the downloading of CD cover art, and in b2, an option was added to have the ID3 information, such as artist, CD title, track names, and cover art downloaded automatically from the GD3 database. The GD3 option allowed a user who set up an account to make 10 free initial queries, but afterwards required them to pay a fee of US$7.99, after which they could make an unlimited number of queries. Release 1.0b1 removed support for Windows 2000 and older versions of Windows.

Version 1.1 was released on 2 July 2015.

Version 1.2 on 13 August 2016 provides mainly bug fixes for the CDRDAO component and updates the cover search in the freedb++ plugin. There are some more minor bugs fixed and the handling of track selection again modified.[6]

Version 1.3 was released as a hotfix on 5 September 2016 to fix some issues with version 1.2.

Examples[edit]

Example of a log file generated by EAC.

Exact Audio Copy V1.3 from 2. September 2016
EAC extraction logfile from 31. May 2019, 19:57
Hiroyuki Sawano / PROMARE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Used drive                                  : PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-XD05   Adapter: 1  ID: 0
Read mode                                   : Burst
Read offset correction                      : 667
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : No
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks   : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations       : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000
Gap handling                                : Appended to previous track
Used output format                          : User Defined Encoder
Selected bitrate                            : 1024 kBit/s
Quality                                     : High
Add ID3 tag                                 : No
Command line compressor                     : C:\Program Files (x86)\Exact Audio Copy\FLAC\FLAC.EXE
Additional command line options             : -8 -V -T "ARTIST=%artist%" -T "TITLE=%title%" -T "ALBUM=%albumtitle%" -T "DATE=%year%" -T "TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%" -T "GENRE=%genre%" -T "COMMENT=%comment%" -T "BAND=%albuminterpret%" -T "ALBUMARTIST=%albuminterpret%" -T "COMPOSER=%composer%" %haslyrics%--tag-from-file=LYRICS="%lyricsfile%"%haslyrics% -T "DISCNUMBER=%cdnumber%" -T "TOTALDISCS=%totalcds%" -T  "TOTALTRACKS=%numtracks%" %hascover%--picture="%coverfile%"%hascover% %source% -o %dest%
TOC of the extracted CD
    Track |   Start  |  Length  | Start sector | End sector 
   ---------------------------------------------------------
       1  |  0:00.00 |  3:54.04 |         0    |    17553   
       2  |  3:54.04 |  3:47.63 |     17554    |    34641   
       3  |  7:41.67 |  5:09.42 |     34642    |    57858   
       4  | 12:51.34 |  2:21.25 |     57859    |    68458   
       5  | 15:12.59 |  4:27.71 |     68459    |    88554   
       6  | 19:40.55 |  3:18.38 |     88555    |   103442   
       7  | 22:59.18 |  5:56.06 |    103443    |   130148   
       8  | 28:55.24 |  3:49.20 |    130149    |   147343   
       9  | 32:44.44 |  5:27.13 |    147344    |   171881   
      10  | 38:11.57 |  5:17.14 |    171882    |   195670   
      11  | 43:28.71 |  3:36.04 |    195671    |   211874   
      12  | 47:05.00 |  2:24.39 |    211875    |   222713   
      13  | 49:29.39 |  2:09.62 |    222714    |   232450   
      14  | 51:39.26 |  3:11.13 |    232451    |   246788   
      15  | 54:50.39 |  2:34.67 |    246789    |   258405   
      16  | 57:25.31 |  2:27.14 |    258406    |   269444   
      17  | 59:52.45 |  2:38.67 |    269445    |   281361   
      18  | 62:31.37 |  2:20.22 |    281362    |   291883   
      19  | 64:51.59 |  2:54.73 |    291884    |   305006   
      20  | 67:46.57 |  2:27.25 |    305007    |   316056   
      21  | 70:14.07 |  5:21.17 |    316057    |   340148
Track  1
    Filename C:\EAC\Hiroyuki Sawano - PROMARE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK\1-01 Inferno.wav
    Pre-gap length  0:00:02.00
    Peak level 100.0 %
    Extraction speed 11.3 X
    Test CRC DC10A7F5
    Copy CRC DC10A7F5
    Track not present in AccurateRip database
    Copy OK
Track  2
    Filename C:\EAC\Hiroyuki Sawano - PROMARE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK\1-02 PRO--MARE.wav
    Peak level 100.0 %
    Extraction speed 12.4 X
    Test CRC 7AC4A903
    Copy CRC 7AC4A903
    Track not present in AccurateRip database
    Copy OK
(skipped to the bottom)
None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database
No errors occurred
End of status report

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "What's new – Exact Audio Copy"
  2. ^ Wine Application DB entry for EAC
  3. ^ "AudioMastermind Weblog". audiomastermind.us. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  4. ^ Registration Information
  5. ^ AccurateRip
  6. ^ "Exact Audio Copy". Download.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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