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MAX vs. iTunes 9 in Snow Leopard


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The commonly stated belief is not that Max will do a better rip than iTunes, but that that Max gives you more assurance about the rip as it reports errors, etc so you can see which CDs have been problematic.


Some people do think that EAC or dbPowerAmp give better results than iTunes, but this has never been shown possible beyond listening.






...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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If the CD disc is flawless, no scratches, no holes in the reflective layer then probably the ripper is irrelevant. But this is not always the case. I was able to rip BADLY scratched disc with XLD that put iTunes into endless loop/freeze.


? MBP ? M2Tech hiFace ? Heed Q-PSU/Dactilus 2 ? Heed CanAmp ? Sennheiser HD650

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