RubyRipper! Sounds nice doesn’t it? It was actually recommended to me on the Gentoo Forums when I was having trouble using Ogg/Vorbis using Grip. Well before we get to far a long, lets just say Grip and RubyRipper are not even in the same category. Okay, yes they are, they are both rippers to get music off of CDs onto your hard disk drive. On the same hand though RubyRipper is for the enthusiast. In order to rip the excellent CD pictured with all 14 songs, it took roughly an hour. RubyRipper has this rip and check procedure it goes through. So it rips the song once, maps all of the “chunks” rips it again and then compares the rip’s “chunks.” You have to let it rip and compare a minimum of twice, which is annoying and time consuming but obviously results in a more accurate mp3 or ogg file because of the series of rips and checks it goes through. So while Grip will rip your audio for you, RubyRipper not only rips it, it rips it over and over again until it maxes out the number of rips you allow it or it gets the file correct. The naming convention RubyRipper uses is better as well. Grip ripped all of my CDs for me, retrieved all of their information off of CDDB, and even placed them in their own folders. Well that’s great but RubyRipper does that and more. RubyRipper can actually use capital letters. Something Grip never did for me. I do not remember right now, and Grip is no longer installed, but RubyRipper has a very easy system on how it lets your categorize your music. I didn’t care much for the default system, but after 5 minutes and a test rip I had everything exactly where I wanted it.
After its all said and done, RubyRipper is still in beta really and has a few features that people more into digital audio might miss but for the average Joe it goes beyond the call of duty. The only feature I really wished it had was the ability to quick dirty rips for you so you didn’t have to wait an hour a CD. Other than that though I have no other complaints with RubyRipper. I’ll definitely keep it over Grip. Now if only I could figure out which of those Gnome dependencies I no longer need!
Enjoy the Penguins!