I need to rip several dozens audio CDs to be copied on the hard drive of 430N. These CDs will not be in Gracenote database, so album/track information will need to be entered manually. I've ripped CD to MP3 a couple times several years ago but didn't care about quality at the time and don't remember what software I've used.
I am now looking for workflow recommendations.
From what I understand if I rip using 430N it will save it to HD in AAC format. I am not sure if it will be AAC - can't find it in PDF user's guide anymore. Also I think bit rate will be 128Kbps (again, can't find it to confirm). However, I don't like the idea ripping using 430N because I would have no control on bitrate and would have to edit song/track info in the car which is inconvenient.
Another approach is using software on PC (I have XP and Vista available).
1) What compressed
format should I use for the best sound quality (MP3/WAV/AAC)? This will only be played in the car, so I won't use uncompressed WAV. User Guides seem to concentrate on MP3 so I will proceed with this assumption
2) Owner Manual on page 306 says "MPEG-1 Audio
Layer 3" and "MPEG-2 Audio Layer 3" are supported - which one should I use? Manual says "The majority of MP3 files use a 44.1 kHz sampling rate" so this seems "MPEG-1 Audio
Layer 3" should be used.
3) What rate should I use for MP3? VBR or constant?
4) What free software is available that will allow ripping and editing of ID3 version 1 tag? I found this comparison:
and it recommends Express RIP (http://www.nch.com.au/rip/index.html
) and 256KBps constant rate
Note that I am not inclined to spend long time on this and/or mess with command line utilities. Looking for fast and easy to use 3 step approach: insert disc - edit track names - press RIP button.