I have used lots of different mp3 ripping software for my classical CD's and have settled on Media Monkey. It has More features than most other Media player software
As for portable MP3 players for classical music, I recommend anything from Cowon, which generally gets the best reviews for sound quality.
I have the I7, which is now being replaced by the Cowon Iaudio 9 (available in 8gb, 16 gb) on Amazon.
A big advantage of the Cowon players is that you can use file/folder browsing. I have never had luck with tag browsing with classical music, where order of play is important. All you do is plug in the player and drag folders from your computer to the player.
You also may want to consider the the Cowon IAudio S9. It has the same features as the 9, but has a bigger display for video.
I enjoy classical music and have a large collection of CD?s.
First of all I am looking for simple software that will enable me to:
? rip these CD?s as albums
? rename the albums in a uniform way (Composer/Name of work/type or work/ so that they appear alphabetically by composer in my computer?s library.
? select to have or eliminate pauses between tracks. Symphonies etc without pauses, but song cycles etc with them
? chose between formats and bitrates.
Secondly I am looking for an MP3 player that will work and give reasonable quality output with airline type noise elimination headphones.
Up till now I have had a series of disasters.
I began with a Creative Zen 8GB, which would never work for very long. Each time I went to Creative Labs for help I was advised to download their latest firmware. Usually this worked for a few weeks before going on the blink again until the latest firmware was downloaded again. Eventually this made no difference, so in frustration I abandoned it.
My replacement was a Sony Walkman, bought because I was then on my second Vaio which had always done good service. I am now on my third. The Walkman works with special Sony software called Sonic stage, which rips the music beautifully but stores it in a strange way and in a place of its own choosing rather than mine. When moving it on the computer into my own music directory or when restoring from a backup, the Walkman, when connected to the computer is unable to find the music and I am unable to add materiel to the player. The only way to get things going again is to rip around 200 CD?s again, a mammouth task. I have done it twice, and want to find a better solution.
Anyone got any ideas as to a player that will do the job?. I need 8GB or 16GB for my collection, size is relatively unimportant and am not seeking a cut price job, although money is as always a factor.