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Hi. On the Help Screens it states that that the 'Free' version only supports MP3 and WAV formats, but I do seem to be able to rip in either OGG or FLAC on the Free version I've downloaded. Will this 'Stop' after a period of time, or is the Help info incorrect ?

 

Also, is there a difference between the 2 Databases used [musicbrainz and FreeDB], or are they just alternatives? And if one is better than the other, why offer them both ?

Cheers.

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Hi. On the Help Screens it states that that the 'Free' version only supports MP3 and WAV formats, but I do seem to be able to rip in either OGG or FLAC on the Free version I've downloaded. Will this 'Stop' after a period of time, or is the Help info incorrect ?

 

Also, is there a difference between the 2 Databases used [musicbrainz and FreeDB], or are they just alternatives? And if one is better than the other, why offer them both ?

Cheers.

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Having had a chance to read other topics on related forums, I now realize several things!

 

Firstly, I'm sure that I have downloaded the 'Plus' version of this software, on a trial basis, which is not what I had intended to download.

 

Secondly, it seems it is very difficult to download the 'Free' and 'Basic' version, as the screen switches extremely quickly to the 'Paid' version within a matter of seconds! This happens so quickly that it is either extremely bad programming, or pretty 'sharp practice'!

 

As the software itself is really good, I suspect the latter. Which is very disappointing. But I suppose it is a sign of the times, that companies feel they have to resort to this sort of thing, because they know that anything with the word 'FREE' in it will get a lot of views.

 

They do say there's no such thing as a free lunch.......and there's no such thing as 'free' software either, as the time spend in repulsing the exhortations to buy the paid version becomes such a pain that you wish you'd bought it anyway!

 

And I do have some sympathies with the unfortunate 'Dr Varney' [ who posted elsewhere on this site] who realized somewhat belatedly that he was dealing with a bunch of 'sharks' !

 

That may, or may not, prove to be my experience too.

 

We shall see!

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Having had a chance to read other topics on related forums, I now realize several things!

 

Firstly, I'm sure that I have downloaded the 'Plus' version of this software, on a trial basis, which is not what I had intended to download.

 

Secondly, it seems it is very difficult to download the 'Free' and 'Basic' version, as the screen switches extremely quickly to the 'Paid' version within a matter of seconds! This happens so quickly that it is either extremely bad programming, or pretty 'sharp practice'!

 

As the software itself is really good, I suspect the latter. Which is very disappointing. But I suppose it is a sign of the times, that companies feel they have to resort to this sort of thing, because they know that anything with the word 'FREE' in it will get a lot of views.

 

They do say there's no such thing as a free lunch.......and there's no such thing as 'free' software either, as the time spend in repulsing the exhortations to buy the paid version becomes such a pain that you wish you'd bought it anyway!

 

And I do have some sympathies with the unfortunate 'Dr Varney' [ who posted elsewhere on this site] who realized somewhat belatedly that he was dealing with a bunch of 'sharks' !

 

That may, or may not, prove to be my experience too.

 

We shall see!

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If you think these people are sharks. Everybody send a copy to the prime minister. That might get this company to give some needed help to the poor customer who is just trying to make a living or enjoying life.

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If you think these people are sharks. Everybody send a copy to the prime minister. That might get this company to give some needed help to the poor customer who is just trying to make a living or enjoying life.

 

The Prime Minister is probably on the Board of Directors, so that may not get anywhere.

 

But frankly I'm more concerned with the 'Fastest Ripper in the World' campaign, as it seems to me that this is achieved by a lack of error checking, or file accuracy Verification, judging by some of the comments in other areas of this Forum.

 

It's no use having the 'Fastest Ripper' if the files produced are not accurate, or validated.

 

For this reason I shall probably buy a different product......which is a shame, because the attractive 'Front-End' on this software has a lot going for it. But, as always, it's not what's in the 'shop window' that really counts, but how good a job the whole package does....and I feel there is still a lot of work to do here in this area.

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