May 26, 2018
CDDA extraction tool (also known as ripper)
Cdparanoia is a Compact Disc Digital Audio CDDA Digital Audio Extraction DAE tool, commonly known on the net as a ‘ripper’. The application is built on top of the Paranoia library, which is doing the real work the Paranoia source is included in the cdparanoia source distribution. Cdparanoia reads audio from the CDROM directly as data, with no analog step between, and writes the data to a file or pipe in WAV, AIFC, or raw 16 bit linear PCM.
Cdparanoia is a bit different than most other CDDA extraction tools. It contains few-to-no ‘extra’ features, concentrating only on the ripping process and knowing as much as possible about the hardware performing it. Cdparanoia will read correct, rock-solid audio data from inexpensive drives prone to misalignment, frame jitter, and loss of streaming during atomic reads. Cdparanoia will also read and repair data from CDs that have been damaged in some way.
Cdparanoia is easy to use and administrate. It has no compile time configuration, happily autodetecting the CDROM, its type, its interface and other aspects of the ripping process at runtime. A single binary can serve the diverse hardware of the do-it-yourself computer laboratory from Hell.