I'm almost ready to say I have found a good OS X replacement for every piece of software I use on Windows (excluding some Windows development tools), but there's still this gap to fill:
For CD digital audio ripping / extraction, I use a tool on Windows called EAC - Exact Audio Copy. I like EAC because:
- it supports a very reliable extraction mode by default,
- it takes advantage of drive features like C2 error correction
(and will tell you if your CD-ROM drive doesn't have it)
- it validates tracks were ripped accurately by consulting an online database, and
- it reports verbose details about potential issues, when they arise, and I can then listen to the track to see if the issues are perceptible or not.
In a nutshell, I can be confident whether a track was reliably ripped or not when using EAC.
I don't get this sense of confidence from iTunes. iTunes has an option under Import Settings to Use error correction when reading Audio CDs, but that seems to be the extent of reliability-oriented settings in iTunes. Currently, I'll use iTunes if the disc I'm ripping appears pristine and without scratches – otherwise I turn to EAC.
Is there an application for OS X that, like EAC above, focuses on reliable CD digital audio extraction and provides detailed information? Thank you.