A software program that “grabs” digital audio from a compact disc
and transfers it to a computer’s hard drive
. The integrity of the data is preserved because the signal does not pass through the computer’s sound card
and does not need to be converted to an analog
format. The digital-to-digital transfer creates a WAV
file that can then be converted into an MP3
To rip is to move the data from the compact disc to the hard drive.