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Rip DVDs to your PC, iPod, Zune and more with free Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate (today only)

Get this $55 DVD-ripping utility free of charge, no strings attached, today only from Giveaway of the Day.

Rick Broida

Last month, freebie-software site Giveaway of the Day offered a great DVD-ripping utility. If you missed it (or didn't like the program for some reason), here's your chance to score one that's arguably even better: Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate.

Normally priced at $55, DVD Ripper Ultimate promises to rip discs to just about any video format. It includes preset profiles for iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, Zen, and dozens of other devices. It can also rip DVD audio, great if you want to turn, say, a concert DVD into a batch of MP3s. Plus, there's a video editor for splitting and merging clips, adding effects, and so on.

As with previous Giveaway of the Day offers, there's absolutely no catch: The software is free to download and use, though you have to grab it (and install it) before midnight tonight. If you miss it, there's always HandBrake, an open-source DVD ripper that's long been my go-to utility.

Here's the link to the download page.

And here's where Download.com users gave the program generally high marks.