ACDR (Audio Compact Disc Reader) is a free software for ripping the audio tracks from Audio CDs. It does not work with protected content discs. It can read all the tracks on an audio CD and save them in many different music file formats such as MP3, FLAC, APE and more. It makes it very easy to convert all of your old audio CD collection into modern day audio files. The software is completely free and comes without any limitations.
ACDR can detect the audio CD from your CD/DVD drive but you can also work with an audio CD image (using a tool like Virtual Drive). After choosing the tracks, entering the correct audio CD information such as the artist, the release year, genre, and album title you can proceed to choosing the output file formats and the quality of the audio files.
In the second step, you have to pick output folder, file naming scheme, file format, audio processing (resampling or normalizing), CD data reading rate and more. It supports many different types of audio file formats for output such as MP3, APE, FLAC, AIF, MP2, OGG, OPUS, WAV, WMA and WV. While it can use the burst mode when reading your audio CD, it is recommended to use a slower read rate when working with very old audio CDs.
The processing might take some time as the program not only reads the tracks but also converts the raw audio data into the selected destination audio file formats. It will process one track at a time and the whole progress will be displayed on your screen. There is an option to search for the album cover while it processes the tracks.
ACDR is a small and fast audio CD ripper software. We tried it with an old CD from 1994 and it didn’t recognize it – showed it as data CD. We then tried it with a much newer CD from 2018 and it works flawlessly. The entire CD was processed in under 5 minutes.
You can download ACDR from https://www.fmjsoft.com/acdr.html.