Quite simply the most efficient, easy-to-use, most powerful audio CD ripping and encoding application out there. Here's why:
Simultaneous encoding to 7 formats:
Phile Audio will encode to all of the most popular audio file formats: MP3, MP4-AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIFF. You can specify one or more encoding formats before ripping, so you only have to rip once. Archive a copy of your CD collection in a lossless format, such as FLAC or Apple Lossless, and encode a smaller, compressed copy for your portable media player. Phile Audio will import iTunes-supported file formats automatically, saving you a manual step if you want to import to iTunes.
Simultaneous ripping from multiple CD/DVD/BD-ROM drives:
Phile Audio will rip from as many drives as you can hook up to your computer, simultaneously. While one disc is ripping, you can be entering the information for another one. This is a huge advantage for your CD archiving workflow, as you don't have to wait as long for discs to finish ripping to move on to the next one.
Multiple options for cover art:
Phile Audio allows you to drag and drop cover art files from a web browser or your computer directly into the application, or, import your images from a digital camera or memory card with the built-in camera device browser. There's even an interface to use your scanner to scan your cover art directly into your disc information! No other software offers this degree of integration for your cover art!
Retrieve CD information from the FreeDB online database:
Phile Audio automatically identifies and retrieves your discs information from the online FreeDB database. This huge resource is sure to find disc information for most of your CDs
More information can be input up-front:
In addition to the extensive options for cover art, Phile Audio allows you to enter individual years per track, composers, groupings, gapless tags, compilation tags, disc numbering (if part of a multiple-disc set), comments and lyrics for supported encoding formats. You don't have to revisit your encoded files from other software to add these tags. You can do it all right before ripping, a huge time-saver!
Customizable file naming:
For those that are not importing into iTunes or to a non-taggable format, keeping file names in a usable format can be a real pain. Phile Audio allows you to customize the exact file name convention based on disc and track information to fit your needs.
Phile Audio detects how many processors are in your computer and runs encoding jobs simultaneously on all multi-core processors. Encoding happens in the background, so your discs can rip as fast as possible without being encumbered by potentially slow encoding times. You can pause encoding if you need the extra processor power for another application. You can even close the application in the middle of encoding a batch of discs, and Phile Audio will remember where you left off. Very handy for users on-the-go!
When ripping discs, Phile Audio gives you an indication of your drive's DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) or "ripping" speed. This serves as a benchmark for your drive. While encoding, the status of all of your encoding jobs are easily seen and understood.
We encourage you to give Phile Audio a run through your CD collection. You'll wonder how you ever did without it, especially if you have multiple fast disc drives!
Bugfixes and code improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
I downloaded this app to rip my CD collection into flac files. The app is simple and works very well. I like that I can drag the cover from a web browser and it compresses the image size appropriately.
I am specifically using the files to store in the cloud and stream through an app called Cloud Beats (basically creating my own low cost streaming service). Some of the CDs are obscure metal bootlegs without any metadata to find. I manually entered the information and it properly tagged the files so that they appeared properly named in Cloud Beats.
Using it on a 2011 Macbook pro with High Sierra. I thought that I would procide a review since many of the reviews are a few years old.
Best Ripper I've Found for Mac
First, I should point out that I had that same issue that twangshack had, with it complaining about the temporary path. I have no idea why; I assume it's a bug that will hopefully be addressed in future versions (hint, hint).
Anyway, I was able to thwart this issue by just selecting my desktop as the temporary folder (the permenant location is an NTFS external hard drive; I have Tuxera installed so I can write to NTFS).
Now, for the program, itself. I have to say that this is, hands down, the best audio ripper I have found so far for OS X, bar none. I had almost all of my music in ALAC (Apple Lossless ripped by iTunes), and I thought that was just fine. How wrong I was! After re-ripping my stuff in FLAC with this application, my music sounds so much better! Thank you for this fantastic application.
Easy to use and quality very good
I am the digital music "expert" among my friends and I was getting a lot of questions about ripping CDs - what formats and so forth. My online searches did not return a lot of Mac applications that looked like they would do a good job ripping CDs. I did try Max, which is free and a very good application, but it is less user friendly than Phile and does not appear to be able to rip different formats to different folders, something I need to do since I rip simultaneously to FLAC, Apple Lossless and MP3. You do have to install an MP3 ripper into Phile as a manual process, but this was easy to do and I did not encounter any problems installing the LAME MP3 ripper. Good functional ripping program for a very reasonable price.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.