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Ripping CDs on OSX

February 8th, 2015 - IT(1 min)

Currently, I am converting all my CD collection to digital format because my CD players started failing. A while ago, I tried doing it on Windows and it looked OK with EAC. Unfortunately, my setup now id OSX-based (a mac mini). After investigating a lot, I came up with the following setup:



  • OSX Yosemite
  • XLD which I use to convert to Apple Lossless (m4a)

XLD has a bit of configuration thing which is not really intuitive, the track/album naming. Here is a table with all known placeholders:

%AAlbum artistX
%aTrack artist
%DDisk number
%fEncoding format
%IDisk ID
%iInternational Standard Recording Code (ISRC)
%mMedia Catalog Number (MCN)
%nTrack numberX
%TAlbum titleX
%tTrack titleX

My encoding string is: %A - %T - %y/%n - %t


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A little experiment: