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Parenthetically (or digressively) ...

Two winters ago, I ripped my whole CD collection using dBPowerAmp. Having no desktop computers in the house--indeed, no computers with built-in optical drives--I used my laptop with external drives. I found that a minority of the CDs I ripped--somewhere in the 10-20% range--were hard to rip; they were often new and perfect-looking, but they'd get caught up in dBPoweramp's error-correction algorithms. (Not a complaint about DBPoweramp--just wait and I'll get to the point.)

When I was maybe halfway through, after a particularly frustrating rip, on a whim I pulled out a Gordon-Rankin-designed AQ Jitterbug and added it between my laptop and the external drive. After that, I didn't have a single frustrating rip. I didn't do the math, but this is a convincing sample: Hundreds of trials with and without. circa 10% error rate without, 0% error rate without.

If you need to rip a ton of CDs, I highly recommend the combination: dBPowerAmp +AQ Jitterbug.

As Paul Simon said on some recording or other circa 1969--was it the Carnegie Hall one?--, "Apropo of nothing..."

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