As far as I know, iTunes is the best system I have used- yea, the designated program for iPod which you have mentioned. Still ripping each CD individually and adding album artworks ONE BY ONE is inevitable (unless the user has access to iTunes Store which enables automatic downloading of album covers), which took me just a whole day to furnish and arrange songs in a presentable way.
When my family first came into contact with MP3 a few years ago, my dad and I had done some painstaking trials in seeing whether we could 'detour' round the ripping process; our efforts had been fruitless. Since then I've succumbed to the tedious process by forming a habit of ripping every new CD I buy; once I've got used to it things work out easier- iTunes is a rather clever program and to me it surpasses Real Player or Windows Media Player, though it sometimes poses a heavy burden to the CPU...
After all, since I want to store all my songs in the iPod, I must but use iTunes for ripping, as there're no other official programs to synchronize iPod.
Although unable to suggest a better method, I'm still interested to see if there's an alternative to ripping CDs; maybe some of our technical guys here can give us a hand?
Sorry, I am not sure if I am understanding your question,. You have your Cd's ripped in your computer and want to tag them (assign names and a miniature) for each album?
If this is the case I could advise you this program "Mp3tag" www.mp3tag.de/en/ It's freeware, and you could look for the albums in some databases online and tag the entire album, and embed a cover art .
itunes, it works like a charm once you get all of the cds riped. all you have to do is have an itunes store account (dont even have to use it) and it will find 75% of the album covers for you. and when you get a new cd, just open itunes put the cd in and if you have it set it will auto rip the cd while listing to it.
all you have to do is have an itunes store account (dont even have to use it)
I've found that users could open an account free before but now they require a credit card number for registration, which made it impossible for me to create an account as I don't have any credit cards Hence I have to use Amazon to help me find album artworks.
Perhaps this is a tad bit off-topic, but maybe it isn't. I don't know yet.First I have to convince my Dad to download it.
Songbird (not named after Hayley's song, its older than when she first sung it live)is part web browser, part audio player. Can it do what you guys are hoping it will? No clue. Haven't gotten it yet. However, it posts links to lots of places to download mp3s and stuff, although i assume none are free. BUT, since it has so many websites, it is likely that some have covers to the albums you guys have.
If anyone has Songbird, I'd like a conformation please. Also, I should be getting it soon- then I'll be able to tell more.
Edit: I just saw an add that said it was the fastest CD ripper for Windows. Its name is NCH somethin-or-other, but I think the NCH is most important. Maybe it will help! I'd Google it to make sure its ok though before downloading it.