The best software for ripping your discs

You’ve got a mountain of discs and a free weekend. It’s time to put the kettle on and start The Great Rip

Physical media is so very 20th-century.

But before you can start streaming songs to your Sonos, you'll need to turn your discs into data. Likewise, you'll need to convert your DVDs and Blu-rays to digital video files if you want to embrace the streaming media revolution. These are the tools you'll need.

Scenario #2: You want to convert discs and lossless files for your tablets and smartphones


Time to make your masters into phone-friendly mini files. Or, if you like, rip a disc straight to the desired size.

For audio rips, both MediaMonkey and dBPoweramp offer wide format support for those using Windows, but a free option is MediaHuman’s Free Audio Converter. Works for Mac too, as does XLD, but less prettily.

Ripping video? You'll want the popular and free Handbrake app. Available for both Windows and Mac, it’ll swallow any format you throw at it and spit out a made-to-measure conversion. It also includes handy presets for Apple and Android devices for a two-click rip. Good ol’ Handbrake.