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Tabbed dialog box with three pages which are described below. You can switch between tabs by clicking on the tab header (e.g. "CD Options") with the mouse, or by pressing the left and right arrow keys when the tab header is selected.

Set Defaults button

Press this button if you have made a complete mess of things and you are in a hurry to get down the pub.


CD Options tab

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CD Drive

Most computers only have one CD drive. But if your very fancy computer has more than one then you can select the CD drive from here. If you have separate CD/DVD and BluRay drives, choose the CD/DVD drive.

Tip: MattLab's Petabyte HoloCrystal® drives are not yet supported.

Eject CD after successful rip

Makes ripping many CDs a bit faster, by saving a mouse click. The CD is not ejected automatically if there are any read errors.


Select the language for MuRip's user interface. Currently it's only English, but translations will be available soon, according to demand.

Use ISO-8859-1 characters for MP3 tags (else uses UTF-8)

When ripping to MP3 files, the tags (album name, artist name, genre etc) are usually encoded in UTF-8 format, which supports the full Unicode character set for all human languages, and probably a few Alien languages too. Check this only if you need to use the old ISO-8859-1 character set because your old music player does not support UTF-8. It will not be able to represent any non-European characters.

Continue ripping after a fatal read error

Normally rippling will be aborted if a fatal read error occurs, because the track would be unplayable. You can force the ripping to continue by checking this option. Parts of the track which cannot be read will be played back as silence. These will be visible in the Waveform view, see Damaged CDs with fatal read errors. Note: This setting is not retained, it is valid for one session only. It is turned off when a new CD is inserted.


File Path Formats tab

If you are using Music Manager, then the file formats will be those required by Music Manager. But if you are using MuRip on it's own, then you can define the file name formats yourself.

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Standard Format

The file name format for normal tracks where all track have the same artist as the album.

Various Artists Format

This format is used if each track in the album has a different track artist.


Internet tab

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Browser Search Command

This defines the query command for the browser to display the album art. Normally this will be a Google or a Microsoft Bing image search, Google seems to be better than Bing. (What idiot called it "Bing"? It's pathetic! "Bong" would have been better. Or maybe Bung, Bang, Dung, Ding, Ping, ...)

The {0} sequence defines where the search string will be inserted. Search strings are created from the Artist and Album names.

Bong: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q={0}

Giggle: https://www.google.com/search?q={0}&source=lnms&tbm=isch&safe=active

FreeDB Server URL

The original FreeDB server (www.freedb.org) ceased operation in early 2020, but you can use one of the many replacement servers such as "freedb.dbpoweramp.com" (this does not support the 'Submit' feature) or "gnudb.gnudb.org" (which does support 'Submit', see https://gnudb.org).

The URL must be without the "http://" bit.

MusicBrainz Server URL

Normally "freedb.musicbrainz.org", see https://musicbrainz.org.

Your Email Address, required by FreeDB and MusicBrainz servers

To use the FreeDB and MusicBrainz services, you need to be identified by your email address. The email address is used for identification when you connect to the database server. You will not receive any emails unless you abuse the service. For sure, you can enter a fictitious email address here (you probably will not be arrested), but that's not in the spirit of the free services, and your God(s) will be deeply offended - see Dante's Inferno (Bolgia 10) for details.