Bit perfect Cd ripping made DEAD easy, my review of Easy Audio Copy

Bit perfect Cd ripping made DEAD easy, my review of Easy Adudio Copy

Are you a budding audio snob? Do you think of yourself as an audio purist or audiophile of any kind? Then you’re probably a lot like me. I have been using Windows Media Player and iTunes for years and thought that when I put a CD in, I would get an exact copy (especially if I selected a lossless option) but it turns out this is just not so! MOST media players and rippers use programming tricks to sort of “guarantee” a passable result every time. For years I have had issues with some CD’s having ticks or audio glitches after ripping and I now know, or at least strongly suspect, most of these come from poor or non-existent error correction that is NOT designed to give you bit perfect copies but to work 99% of the time for most users.

Well, knowing that the CD’s I have made and the “archival” files I had saved to my PC were actually NOT bit perfect copies; I endeavored to find out HOW I could make bit perfect CD copies. Like most people in that boat I came across Exact Audio Copy. After spending several hours experimenting and reading FAQ’s and Tutorial Guides I “thought” I figured it out and was doing it right. I ended up with FLAC files as desired and they did sound great… Still not sure I was doing everything right and afraid I might be “missing out” on something I came across Easy Audio Copy at the website for Andre Weithoffs’ Exact Audio Copy.

Designed by the same man and utilizing the same ripper it is, as the name might suggest, DEAD easy to use. A sparse and simple interface that starts with asking you what format you wish to use MP3, FLAC or WAV with a very succinct and easy to follow explanation of the choices. Then it is as simple as popping in a CD. The software does almost all the work after that. It searches to try to decide what CD you’ve inserted and then picks up album art. If that album art looks right you double click it and a track listing pops up. If you are provided with more than one suggestion just try to choose the album art that matches what you have at hand and then double check the track listing to make sure it matches. Then you click ok on the track listing page and it does all the work for you!

DO NOT download the 14 day free trial unless you have the $30 free to purchase the full program because TRUST me you’re going to want it! When on the chase for great audio, there are things that we all seem to do, find the best speakers and audio components we can afford, seek out great headphones for different applications and at various price points and If you’re also a musician then you have to factor in the CONSTANT pursuit of “Grail tone” with new gear, amps, tubes etc ad inifinitum. With SO much effort and expense it just seems ODD not to start with pure audio copies of CD and this program offers you just that!

My only suggestion for Mr. Weithoff is that he use some sort of “brand” name. EAC is extremely well known and respected amongst audio purists and it is a shame that this program may not get much notice as they both have the same initials. Maybe changing it to Simple Audio Copy might be in order so those in the know can call it SAC by the creator of EAC.

I am not in ANY way associated with Andre Weithoff nor Easy Audio Copy.  I just love it and thought it might help other like me, looking for the best audio they can get.  You can read about, get the trial and buy it here..  http://www.easyaudiocopy.com/

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What DOES The Bible Say About Judging?

I will be adding to this and editing it; but just quickly, the Bible does NOT teach that we are not to judge anything. That is one of the best lies ever told to weaken Christians. You can’t stand up against ANYTHING because then you are judging! First a couple pieces of Scripture…

Matthew 7
1Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Romans 2
1Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

With just a little bit of effort one can clearly see that we all make judgments EVERY day. The Bibles command and God’s expectation of us is that we “Judge Rightly” and that we be not hypocrites guilty of the same or worse sins. When a person “judges” a man who cheats on his spouse, or a homosexual who is active, they are not actually judging….GOD has already pronounced the judgment. The effort to silence Christians is actually an effort to silence GOD in the area of public opinion.

The Bible says OVER and over again that we ARE to judge!

John 7:24 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1 Corinthians 6
1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

It is really sad and a testament to the ignorance of people today to the Bible that so many people fall for this. Let me give you an example…

Did you know that the Bible says “There is no God”? YES, it does…Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Do you see what I did there? ANY scripture taken out of context is merely a pretext. Usually to perversions of sound Biblical doctrine. This is EXACTLY what the “Do Not Judge” people have done. The verses that say not to judge don’t exist all alone. You will never hear that from them though!

A discussion on homosexual “marriage” raised a point that I need to touch on. While we absolutely DO have a responsibility and authority to judge and condemn a persons SIN, we have no authority to wish ourselves the arbiter of their faith or act as a judge or executioner. We need to understand that we are ALL of us sinners and that our prayers, hope and work should be towards seeing lost people repent, accept Jesus and try to live lives that serve and please him!

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Some Of My Doctrinal and Scriptural Issues With Catholicism; Please DON’T read if you’d rather not hear them..

I wish nothing more than to serve God and to see as MANY people as possible come to salvation and lives of love and service to Christ and others. 

NOT all religions and Churches are of God, no matter how many good works they might do.  I understand this will take you some time to get through as there are multiple links each with things to read.  PLEASE understand that I have discussions like these with people of ALL sorts of religious persuasion (Mormon, Witnesses, Pentecostals etc) I do not hate Catholics, I LOVE them and that is why I am willing to speak the truth as I understand it even though it is highly unpopular and some people DO get upset with me.  

Here is a link to a writing by the late Dr. John Rice “Dear Catholic friend”

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Roman%20Catholicism/dear_catholic_friend_john_rice.htm

The assumption of Mary into Heaven is actually NOT spoken of in the Bible at all.  Early church history records a belief that Mary’s tomb, after her physical death was found to be empty.  (IF she was bodily brought to heaven like Enoch there could be no tomb)  Oddly, even though we have details of the deaths and burial places of most of the Apostles the exact details of Mary’s death and the whereabouts of her supposedly empty tomb are not known.  This would SEEM to argue that Mary wasn’t a central figure to the early church since no OFFICIAL record exists to her burial place OR her “assumption” This is just part of the reason I feel that Mary was never meant to be held in regard above any or all other women.   I do NOT believe or accept and the Bible doesn’t teach that Mary was without Sin or necessarily better or more holy than other women, she was willing to submit to Gods will for her.  I am sure there were others who would’ve.  MY wife once said, “All this attention to Mary discounts what a special man Joseph was.  HE also believed the Angel of the Lord and bore shame and humiliation to keep Mary as his wife!”  Mary and Joseph had other children so she was NOT “pure” till death as this would’ve ALSO been violation of scripture since we have marital duties to our spouse (1 Corinthians 7:3-6) I have a couple of links that I think explain fairly well the wrongful impressions that many have of Mary and perhaps WHY these beliefs might have been fostered.  http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0040/0040_01.asp
I want to forewarn you and perhaps apologize because some of the statements in Chick tracts are considered “Anti-Catholic” and certainly some of the statements you will encounter seem harsh but they all have some foundation in verifiable truth.  The drawings also tend to show the representatives of the Church as leering evil people.  I disagree with that assessment.  I believe that most Priests BELIEVE they are doing right and have no ill intent.  The hierarchy of the RCC is another matter entirely…

MY personal opinion is this, I used to “get” why the Catholic Church had been so successful.  The Priest was your representative, for the most part HE was the only one who had access to the scriptures or could even read.  WHY so many continue to hold to the traditions and teachings of the RCC today really mystifies me though; the entire Protestant reformation started with Martin Luther realizing and challenging many of the UN-Scriptural teachings of the RCC. 

The rise of literacy, the availability and affordability of Bibles and the Reformation are all elements that make it SHOCKING to me the RCC is still so huge.   Calling a Priest Father, or thinking he has authority to forgive sins is wrong too.. Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Mark 2:7  7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? We CAN forgive sins against US we cannot forgive sins in place of God for sins committed against HIM.  IF we could what need would there have been for his sacrifice?  This idea of MEN forgiving sins, I think is a clever design to cut Jesus out of the equation and put “The Church” in his stead.  Then The priest tells you to say something like so many Our Fathers and so many Hail Mary’s and maybe to pray the Rosary (which has NO scriptural foundation nor does holy water) http://www.gotquestions.org/praying-rosary.html

I have heard Catholics defend this as NOT being repetitious prayer but I disagree.  The power is NOT in the words we say but in the heartfelt sincerity of our opening ourselves to God.  Matthew 6: 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 
The idea of last rites I find to be even more frustrating as it gives a false sense of peace and security to those dying and their family members.  NO person can absolve you of sin and guarantee your entrance to heaven Jesus paid that price but you have to accept it and LIVE for him. 

For more information on BIBLICAL Salvation I hope you will read 5 Steps http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/?page_id=32 Please scroll down after clicking.  The idea of Purgatory, prayer for the dead and saying that priests and nuns must be celibate and take a vow of poverty (the better for the CHURCH to attain wealth) and other ideas are unscriptural.  Priests USED to be allowed to marry but a married man must provide for his household so he CAN’T take a vow of poverty.  Denying Priests the right to marry may be, at least partially responsible for the abuse scandals too…

1 Corinthians 7:1-2  Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
The more details I really look at on the founding, changes and history of the RCC the more convinced I am that it is like the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Mormon church, ostensibly created and set up to be “Christian” yet openly rebelling against scripture and God at various points.  Setting up traditions that are WHOLLY man made and unnecessary to a relationship with Christ or establishing our salvation.  I will post a couple more Chick tract links because they cover MANY of the errors and histories of the RCC.  I also fear the RCC is going to be the seat of the one world religion spoken of in Revelations. 

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1057/1057_01.asp http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0047/0047_01.asp http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0082/0082_01.asp
http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0071/0071_01.asp

I know this is a LOT to wade through so I will give you plenty of time to read, think and pray on what I have provided.  If you should decide not to respond I will understand.  I will pray for you.

God bless you!

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Will get things back up and looking right as soon as possible…

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!

Lost all data on website and am starting over…

Please bare with us and pray for us as we are trying to rebuild over three years of lost data!

 

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