An introduction to computer audio
Using a computer as an audio source, you need programs to build and maintain your audio collection. Common task are:
In general this requires 2 stages
You have to choose an audio format. As a hundred buys you a terabyte of storage, I wouldn't settle for anything less than a lossless format.
You have to choose your ripping software. EAC and dBpoweramp are the big names but popular players like WMP11 or iTunes can do the job too.
In general online databases provide this information.
If you are tagging classical music using these databases, you have a problem.
You can burn a true audio CD (Redbook audio) but a lot of CD players also support the MP3 format.
Converting - there are many different audio formats. If the player of your choice doesn't support a certain format you must convert it.
Backup - Perform regular backups of all of your media. If you don’t, someday you’ll wish you did. Lots of people think they don’t need a backup because they have RAID. RAID protects you against a failure of a hard disk. It also stores all your user errors redundantly. No, RAID is not a backup.